Sunday, April 11, 2010

Maureen Dowd on the Catholic Church's Problems

I'm usually not much of a fan of Maureen Dowd's snark. She's put the snark away in recent columns to address the Catholic Church's pedophilia problems and seems to me to be making some good arguments, like here:
Negating women is at the heart of the church’s hideous — and criminal — indifference to the welfare of boys and girls in its priests’ care. Lisa Miller writes in Newsweek’s cover story about the danger of continuing to marginalize women in a disgraced church that has Mary at the center of its founding story:

“In the Roman Catholic corporation, the senior executives live and work, as they have for a thousand years, eschewing not just marriage, but intimacy with women ... not to mention any chance to familiarize themselves with the earthy, primal messiness of families and children.” No wonder that, having closed themselves off from women and everything maternal, they treated children as collateral damage, a necessary sacrifice to save face for Mother Church.
She's had a few columns on this subject already, and I wouldn't be surprised to see more.

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