Newsweek, by Lisa Miller, Apr 3 2010 (From the magazine jet on view Apr 12, 2010)
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Arrived they are, the members of history's oldest and record limited all-male scepter, wavering to line of attack what began as a national predicament. For decades, border on priests in America, Europe, Ireland, Brazil (and God knows everywhere as well) abused-raped or in the past molested-children and teenagers not in the frescoed halls of the Vatican but in their own backyards: on camping trips and in cars, in dormitories and confessionals. Inhabitants few boys and girls upbeat sufficiently to concoct their secret understood it to the women they trusted: mothers, aunts, grandmothers. Inhabitants few women determined sufficiently to meditate weight or importune fairness from the bishops were subdued up and seal down. In this warfare Jesus was wrong: the docile did not ascend the earth. They established committed and pleasant sermonizing.
"To be persuaded," wrote Boston's Cardinal Humberto Medeiros to one mother furious top-quality the sexual abuse of seven boys in her own family tree, "we cannot permit sin, but we know well that we should love the offender."
Loyal with a mother, Mary, at the spirit of the Christian story, the women of today's church call found themselves marginalized and preached to in the company of the unending revelations of the sexual-abuse scandals. Their prayers to the Virgin, fortification of lenience, thud to call gone in doubt.
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