I would be with those who say the hierarchy in the United States has badly mishandled this whole situation.
Individuals will speak their minds, which I think is healthy.
Others don’t want to listen to viewpoints that members of the church have.
I say let’s respond as best we can to the victims and their families.
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.