The Pope Asks for Forgiveness -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
For the past decade or so we have been inundated with reports of priestly sexual abuse of young people. We have been privy to the airing of much dirty laundry, and we've watched as bishops have tried to dodge accusations of dereliction of duty. Non-Catholics have often taken delight in these reports -- not the abuse itself but the humiliating effects on the Catholic Church itself. As we make our way through Holy Week, Martin Marty highlights the Pope's request for forgiveness. In a very unscripted way, the Pope has taken responsibility and declared that these acts of abuse are acts of evil. My hope is that this is the beginning of a new day, but we must all keep in mind the frailty of our communities, for it is not merely the Catholic Church that has seen scandalous behavior. I invite you to take a read.