Sad. Discouraging. Just more evidence that all we can do is throw ourselves on the mercy of God.
First an interview in the New York Times with former Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland of Milwaukee, who, of course, has written a book - "A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop"
Weakland, you may remember was forced to retire when it was revealed he paid $45,0000 "hush money" to a man with whom he had a sexual relationship. The man claimed it was date rape, Weakland insists it was a mutual affair.
Obviously the Catholic Church is unhappy with his memoirs in which he criticizes the church for many things, it's bureaucracy, it's stance on homosexuality, it's covering for pedophile priests. Although he also was guilty of moving abusive priests into other parishes. Here is a rather harsh indictment The Hypocrisy of Archbishop Weakland . As I read the interview with Weakland, it does seem as though he is eager to blame everybody but himself
But there certainly is enough hypocrisy to go around. It's just a mess. But it does make me think Martin Luther was right when he said that requiring people to be celibate just asks for trouble. Which is why I am inclined to support gay marriage. As St. Paul says "It is better to marry than to burn" (I Corinthians 7:9)