March 12th, 2013
11:00 PM ET

Divisions among the Catholic leadership

Rev. Beck and John Allen discuss the divide between tradition and reform that will play out during the papal conclave.

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  1. Steve

    Father Beck's argument in praising 96% of the good solid priests is misleading. It is difficult to accept that 96% of non-abusing priests did not know of their colleagues' (with whom they shared close parish quarters) indiscretions. If they knew of the abuse aren't they also guilty?
    Those who did know and did take issue were silenced, removed to other parishes, or left the priesthood and perhaps went on to other Christian churches.
    Local Bishops (many more than the 115 Cardinals) hushed this potential ecclesiastical scandal at their own local level – the prize, I suppose, that Archbishop's or Cardinal's hat.
    Let's not be naive or simple minded, The local bishops did the illegal dirty work with the full illegal support of their superiors. This is a regrettable legacy of those who claim moral authority from Jesus Christ.
    Shame on you Father Beck and double shame on the traditional, immoral, non law-abiding Catholic Church. Your argument is more in the line of futile, apologetic, political spin and propaganda than provable scientific survey data.

    March 12, 2013 at 9:23 pm |