Perspective

Home for a visit, a year after leaving the church

A couple things I have learned this last year: I'm not going to become an Episcopalian, or anything else, for one thing because Catholicism gives you a whole way of looking at the world, seen and unseen, that it's far too late to repeal and replace.

Perspective

Why I left the church, and what I'm hearing about it

I just couldn't continue to help prop up an institution that I've loved my whole life, but that's run by men who, after all this time, are dithering still in response to the devastation done by child abusers in collars.

The stolen children: Abuse scandals, thefts of newborns contribute to increased distrust in Chilean church

"You see the distance between the people and the church authorities; the people need to see in their authorities their own problems and lives."

The stolen children: Popular Chilean priest brought low by affiliation to theft of newborns

Today, 77-year-old Fr. Gerardo Joannon lives in semi-seclusion, suspended from his parish work, accused of arranging illegal adoptions for teenage girls from prominent families.