The Catholic Church has finally recognized that it needs to report child abuse when it occurs. This has been brought about by multi-million dollar settlements. The Catholic Church needs to hire an outside management consulting firm, allow women to become priests, and allow priests to marry.
The church now draws its clergy from single males who aren’t interested in having a wife and family. Women candidates are eliminated, married men are eliminated, and that leaves the Church a greatly diminished applicant pool and a clergy that does not share the challenges that its married laity experience.
Under this system the church has placed a diminished importance on child abuse. Having married men and women as priests would not eliminate all abuse, but a bishop with grandchildren would have taken a different approach when dealing with child sex abuse offenders. The church needs to protect those who are least able to protect themselves.
John T Losik