...Beyond that, the Catholic blogosphere and social networking tools have been afire with analyses of the Times article, most of them arguing that the internal church documents Times placed online did not support the charges outlined in the story.
Some of the criticism comes from Catholic communities that have not been reflexively defensive and sometimes have been sharply critical of the bishops and Vaticans handling of the sexual abuse crisis.
Referring to Joseph Ratzinger, Benedicts name before assuming the papacy, the Times article certainly suggests moral culpability even though the documents do not support the charge, wrote liberal Catholic author Michael Sean Winters on the Web site of America magazine, a Jesuit publication...
Today, On Good Friday, Here's Why I Remain Catholic
by ELIZABETH SCALIA
Though the ill aspects of the Catholic Church have recently been highlighted in the news, commentator Elizabeth Scalia says the good aspects have never gotten enough attention.
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Elizabeth Scalia is a contributing writer to First Things Magazine as the blogger known as The Anchoress.
The question has come my way several times in the past week: "How do you maintain your faith in light of news stories that bring light to the dark places that exist within your church?"...
I remain within, and love, the Catholic Church because it is a church that has lived and wrestled within the mystery of the shadow lands ever since an innocent man was arrested, sentenced and crucified, while the keeper of "the keys" denied him, and his first priests ran away. Through 2,000 imperfect sometimes glorious, sometimes heinous years, the church has contemplated and manifested the truth that dark and light, innocence and guilt, justice and injustice all share a kinship, one that waves back and forth like wind-stirred wheat in a field, churning toward something as yet unknowable.
The darkness within my church is real, and it has too often gone unaddressed. The light within my church is also real, and has too often gone unappreciated. A small minority has sinned, gravely, against too many. Another minority has assisted or saved the lives of millions.
But then, my country is the most generous and compassionate nation on Earth; it is also the only country that has ever deployed nuclear weapons of mass destruction.
My government is founded upon a singular appreciation of personal liberty; some of those founders owned slaves....
No the Catholic Church has moved forward and left that to the Muslims the liberals support.
Funny we never see the liberals condemning the wholesale slaughter of innocent people by the hands of Muslim terrorist.