Cor­ro­sion of se­crecy

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

I’m grate­ful for El­iz­a­beth Bru­enig’s Nov. 25 Sun­day Opin­ion es­say, “The Catholic Church’s fu­ture de­pends on mak­ing a true con­fes­sion,” which ad­vo­cated trans­parency.

I ad­di­tion­ally strug­gle with the lack of faith demon­strated by Amer­i­can bish­ops, the Vatican and the pope in ei­ther re­al­iz­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of the cri­sis brought on by crim­i­nal acts by iso­lated priests or re­spond­ing to it. It seems that if th­ese lead­ers be­lieved in the love of God, the ne­ces­sity of truth and the power of for­give­ness, there would be no need for se­crecy, nondis­clo­sure agree­ments, shuf­fling of crim­i­nals or the like. In­stead, there would be open­ness, pri­or­i­ti­za­tion of safety of the flock and faith that God would pre­serve His/Her church even if we don’t un­der­stand ex­actly how.

Like Ms. Bru­enig, I strug­gle with my fu­ture in this or­ga­ni­za­tion where the beauty of sacra­ments, word and in­ten­tions are soiled not only by crim­i­nals but also by those who lead.

John McCracken, An­nan­dale

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