Cardinal Pell’s return to Australia to faces charges concerning sexual abuse among clergy is a sobering reminder of how bad things are within the Church. If Pope Francis, or any Pope, wanted to find a set of Cardinals who had not presided over priests who abused children and hid them, he would have a tough time. At least that is how it looks from the outside.
Cardinal Pell has admitted to having made bad mistakes years ago with pediphile priests. In the U.S. pediphile priests were moved from one diocese to another instead of being turned over to law enforcement. If Cardinal Pell did such a thing back when he was a Bishop, it seems he should resign. Any organization that claims to hold the “moral high ground” needs to rid itself of those who do not measure up.
The problem appears to be so many Bishops covered up errant priests the cupboard is empty. It is difficult if not impossible to find enough leaders who are squeaky clean.
Many of those who leave the Catholic faith complain about the child abuse scandal. The Catholic Church seems to me to see the abuse scandal the way private companies see bad press because of faulty products. Companies make settlements, move on to other products and often survive.
The Church, however, has only one product, its moral standards. That product has turned out to be faulty and there is no new product to sell.