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Abandoning Structure of Church Won't Solve Crisis

Cleveland Plain Dealer [Cleveland OH]
March 20, 2004

As a lay Roman Catholic, I was appalled at the March 6 essay by Sister Christine Schenk of FutureChurch. Her assertion that the crisis of clerical sexual abuse is caused by flaws in the governance structure of the Catholic Church is simply a twisting of the truth to fit her organization's agenda.

The sad and very serious crisis our church finds itself in has nothing to do with flawed structure, doctrine or dogma. It has everything to do with a crisis of fidelity and an abundance of personal sin.

The answer is not to haphazardly jettison 2,000 years of church structure or disciplines. The answer is for every member to have a deeper commitment to Christ and a radical fidelity to the fullness of the Catholic faith.

Schenk's remedies of lay involvement in selecting pastors, bishops and even the pope point in the direction of the church being less Catholic. True reform will not be found in "Catholic Lite" but in a classic Catholicism that embraces the wisdom of the past in order to remedy the crisis of today.

Tom Wenzel

South Euclid


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