Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Open mouth, switch feet

In the world of clumsy public relations moves and tone-deaf pronouncements, the Catholic Church has few peers. That was evidenced again the other day when the Vatican issued new rules regarding sex abuse by members of the clergy (which, by the way, were weaker than those imposed by U.S. bishops) and decided that would be a good time to also announce that the category of “grave crimes,” such as sex abuse of little kids, would also include any attempt to ordain women. Those within the Catholic Church who think women should maybe be treated as men’s equals were none too pleased with the synchronicity. The next day, the Vatican trotted out an official to say that the Holy See had not intended to equate ordination of women with child rape. Gotcha. About the same time, I saw an AP story noting that the Vatican was 13 years late – yes, 13 years – in submitting a report on child rights that is required of all entities that signed on to the United Nations’ 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child. The chairman of the panel charged with implementing the convention has made repeated attempts to get the Vatican to submit its report, with no success. Last September, Vatican representative Hubertus Matheus Van Megen told the U.N. that the needed document was being “finalized as we speak.” Apparently, the word “finalize” has a different meaning in Europe. But maybe the reason for the delay is this: Van Megan said the Vatican planned to include a paragraph about “the problem of child abuse by Catholic Clergy.” A whole paragraph?!?!?!? Who says they don’t take this stuff seriously?

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Blogger PRIguy said...

Q: Why is the Catholic Church losing members and unable to entice new ones to join?

A: Read Brant's post.

I can't believe that everyone in positions of authority at the Vatican thinks that this nonsense will fly. They can't be so arrogant (as Catholics often are when it comes to their faith) to believe that people don't see this as one more part of the massive cover-up hiding what really goes on behind closed doors.

July 21, 2010 at 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Catholics aren't the only one who relegate women to secondary positions. I know plenty of Protestant churches that have women "in ministry" and the ministry turns out to be organizing rummage sales and cookie fairs. They won't allow women to read the Gospel, serve communion or take part in any part of the service other than as an announcement reader. My great aunt was abptist minister, and I see no reaon -- biblical or otherwise -- why women can't be as effective as men in a spiritual leadership role.

July 29, 2010 at 1:10 PM  

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