Thursday, April 25, 2002

Flipping through MSNBC.com this morning and see the title Cardinals sidestep 'zero tolerance'. I wonder if this really should come as a surprise to people? Afterall, Christianity is based on the transformation of an individual once they recognize their errant ways and move "into the light". What sort of message would be sent if the Church didn't try to rehabilitate those who sinned?

I think its a given that priests caught sexually abusing any parishoner (and especially minors) should be removed from such a position, but to remove them from the priesthood entirely? Rather, I think they should have to undergo counseling, treatment and then serve the Church in a position where they cannot come into contact with minors. I'm sure such positions can be found within the Church, can they not?

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