The Freedom From Religion Foundation (a group of agnostics and atheists) had a full-page ad in the New York Times today (August 28, 2018, p.A5). The title line is, “It’s Time to Consider Quitting the Catholic Church.” The remainder of the ad focuses on the recent whistleblower letter on Pope Francis’s alleged knowledge and excerpts from the Pennsylvania grand jury report on the predatory conduct of 300 priests and 1,000+ victims. A cartoon shows a priest reading a newspaper with the headline, “Pedophilia At Michigan State,” and the priest saying, “Amateurs.”
The vultures do circle when there is trouble.
These sad, similar stories of suffering in all types of organizations, from corporations to universities to churches to sports organizations to Hollywood cliques to television networks with their inactions, inadequacies, and insensitivity have been with us for too long. Have we not seen enough of a pattern to understand the patterns? Have we learned that it is the responsibility of every member, employee, coach, leader, an bystander to speak up until it stops?