You know how the church has been hit so hard by the sexual misconduct by clergy, and what’s that’s done to Catholics, especially here in Boston but elsewhere as well.
No organization, whether it’s police or physicians or whatever, wants to have its errors held up to the light of day, but it’s wrong, as is coming out so well.
By no means do I anticipate screening those who come on to campus… And I have no difficulty if a bishop across the country or some local pastor may say that’s not Catholic teaching – that’s fine.
The hierarchy shouldn’t fear what we’re doing.
Clearly there are individuals who don’t understand what the church teaches, or they think it’s so limiting.
We’ve always had issues up for discussion at Catholic universities.
We are the meeting place, an entity that’s trying to connect faith and culture.
The Spirit hasn’t deserted the church today.
Now where people are – at least the people I talk to – they are focused on issues of trust. Accountability also comes up, to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.
What I think we can do is help individuals understand the church teaching, but also maybe help the church understand the viewpoint of lay men and women about what they want in regard to priests, or how do they want the hierarchy to deal with them?