WASHINGTON (RNS) – I never thought that anyone could possibly be more stupid than the U.S. Catholic bishops in dealing with sexual abuse of minors, but the Republican Party has done it.
Before the sex abuse crisis started out to be uncovered by the National Catholic Reporter in the mid-1980s, bishops would maneuver an abusive priest to another parish and try to hide the crime. This does not happen today. Nowadays any accusation is described the police and, if the accusation is definitely credible, the priest is definitely suspended until an investigation has taken place.
President Trump and the Republican National Committee, alternatively, are supporting a great accused child molester for the U.S. Senate. It is as if the Catholic bishops were promoting a child abuser for bishop.
Sadly, the Republican Party hasn’t learned from the mistakes of the Catholic bishops. Authentic, some Republicans will be appalled by Moore’s candidacy, but the leader of the get together and its nationwide committee have publicly endorsed Moore.
Moore supporters are operating out of your same playbook as the bishops did before they wised up and changed their policies. The accusations will be denied. The credibility of the victims is definitely challenged. “Why performed they not really come forward earlier? Why did they wait around such a long time?” Then some of the offense is definitely minimized. “She was consenting.”
Bishops, due to the shortage of clergy, were often persuaded to hold a priest in ministry because there is no one to have his place. Likewise, the Republicans confronted with a narrow bulk in the Senate are willing to compromise their ethics as a way to maintain their power.
The bishops’ foolishness seriously hurt the Catholic Church in America, and they nonetheless have not recovered the trust of their people. For short-term gain, Republican leaders will be doing a similar thing to their party. Will the general public react with the same outrage that reach the Catholic bishops?