I commend this material from our national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. I have excerpted this article of last night, which is accompanied by video footage. No percipient reader in the world can now doubt that the Vatican has been furiously engaged in massive efforts at damage control. It cannot now of course deny its incredibly appalling record.
The notion of ‘coming clean’ – which in certain respects parts of the Roman Catholic Church is beginning to do – becomes the more strange when one considers that the dirt and the hiding of the dirt have been endemic for so long. In this light, the notion that we now live in 2010 becomes strange too.
Just as many have left Sathya Sai Baba because of the widespread and compelling evidence against him – of serial sexual abuse AND other profound spiritual and moral betrayals – so too are many leaving the Roman Catholic Church.