Friday 24 November 2017

Garry O’Sullivan: Church must find room for dissenting voices

STANDING outside the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF) I watched as workmen finished cleaning the colonnade pillars that envelop St Peter's Square. They now look like they did several hundred years ago.

Behind the large green doors of the building, to the left of St Peter's, officials, mainly priests, are busy with different kinds of 'cleaning processes', some of which critics would argue are also bringing us back several hundred years.

The big issue for the CDF is and has been cleaning up the mess and confusion and sheer chaos that emerged around child protection and child abuse by clergy throughout the Catholic world.

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