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.

The stolen children: Chile parents allege theft of newborns

Nuns stand accused of working with a network of doctors, nurses and administrators to steal babies from mothers right after they were born.