Pope Francis has called an extraordinary synod on the protection of minors from sexual abuse for next Feb. 21-24.
Yet, many have criticized the move because the Church, at least in North America, has done a good job of protecting minors since the early 2000s, as the recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury report shows. What’s at issue is the sexual abuse of seminarians, of bishops still covering up, and corruption even at the highest levels of the Church. And that’s to say nothing of concerns there’s an agenda afoot to bring Church teaching more in line with what’s popular in the world. We come from the Anglican world. We have seen this movie. We know how it ends. We came into the Catholic Church because we wanted to stand on the Rock of Christ and not the shifting sands of “experience” and “social science,” and the latest gender theory.
A focus on “pedophilia” i.e. abuse of minors sidesteps the issue of priests engaging in sexual behavior with adults 18 or over—whether male or female–and how devastating this is to vocations, to the formation of holy priests and the cascading negative impact on evangelization.
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