Thursday, January 05, 2012

Not much of a scandal here

I expect that the mainstream media (and the blogosphere might join in, too) will attempt to make a "scandal" out of the news that a Catholic bishop has resigned after acknowledging he has fathered two children.

But please tell me, what is the scandal? The Catholic Church, based on what we know at this point, didn't attempt to cover up this situation. The bishop is not denying his relationship with the woman.

Setting those issues aside, there are some questions that the aforementioned Reuters story doesn't answer. They include:

1. Why did the information about the bishop only now come to be known? Or, if it had been known sooner, why was it not acted upon?
2. What prompted the bishop to come forward with the news? Or, what prompted the Church learning about it?
3. Are there any other personal matters that the bishop has not acknowledged?

Don't misunderstand me, I'm not attempting to dismiss the news that an important figure in the Catholic Church has not successfully lived up to his vows. But I am saying that this situation is isolated and not indicative of a Church out of control.

You are welcomed to disagree, of course.

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