Just The Facts
It is really difficult to find clear and unbiased reporting about the clergy abuse and cover up scandal, which makes it challenging to keep track of everything that is going on. I have read a lot of the articles being published by both secular and Catholic media sources, and honestly, for many stories, it takes quite a bit of knowledge about the situation to separate the facts from the author’s personal agenda.
I know you all want to have a clear understanding of our current state of affairs, but how do you go about developing this? (Spoiler alert: Scanning headlines or clicking the first article that comes up on your newsfeed might not be the best way to stay informed!) I am reading a LOT, so I thought I might be able to do a bit of the legwork (eyework?) for you by sharing a few of the best articles I have come across. I hope some of you might find this helpful.
(Added bonus: This is a much quicker blog post to write when your kids are home from school again, for what feels like the millionth day in a row. Thanks polar vortex!)
Anyway, if you want to make sure you have a basic grasp of the events of 2018, I found this article to be pretty straightforward and fair without a lot of hyperbole. (No guarantees on the articles linked within it though - some of them are not the best.)
To be effective advocates for change, we need to make sure that we are well-informed. Please let me know if you have questions about anything you read in this summary or any other article you come across. I’m definitely not an expert, but I’m happy to help you sort through things!
“One Catholic historian called it the church's greatest crisis since the Reformation in 1517. Here's a guide to how the Catholic Church got to this point in 2018…”
Lord, Have Mercy.
Christ, Have Mercy.
Lord, Have Mercy.