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The Field Hospital: Change has been "looming for the past 50 years," Jesuit Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck says in an NCR interview. "And the vitality of the church is what's at stake."
Clericalism is a path taken by those who, unlike the good shepherd, concern themselves with money and power and not with people who are suffering and neglected, Pope Francis said.
NCR's recent editorial rightly cites the all-male clerical culture as a key factor in sex abuse, but it fails to point out Pope Francis' inaction.
Distinctly Catholic: In the clerical culture, being defrocked is the most severe penalty. But does cutting a priest abuser loose best serve the key objective — protecting children?