The Pope's visit and modern family life
The visit of Pope Francis to attend the World Meeting of Families in Ireland next weekend has already become mired in the Catholic Church clerical child sex abuse scandal. That is to be expected. Both internationally and in this country the church has failed to properly face up to this issue since details first began to emerge around three decades ago, a failure which has continued up to recent times as events in the US showed again last week. But it would be a missed opportunity for the Pope's visit to be entirely shadowed by the sex abuse scandal. This is, after all, a once-every-three-years event to reflect upon the central importance of families in our lives and within society, and aside from the child sex abuse scandal, which has also directly impacted on the well-being of many families and society, there are other issues related to a more broad understanding of family with which the church must most urgently contend.