The most recent scandal facing the Catholic Church comes out of Pennsylvania, where it was reported that more that 1,000 children had been molested and sexually abused by local clergymen. According to the Associated Press, the number of abusive clergymen tops more than 300. The alleged crimes range from rape to child pornography.
Catholicism has been embroiled in scandals and the latest to rock the Church might be the straw that broke the camels back. The Catholic Church has fought back for years against the stigma of priest molesting children, with the latest Pope stating to the victims that he was “on their side”, according to NPR. This comes after two days of deliberation.
To protestants this might be another horrific story that will push them to further separate themselves from the Catholic Church. However, According to the Pew Research Center, over half of the worlds Christians are Catholic. This begs the question, when average people hear of the scandals shaking the Catholic Church, do they simply associate it with Catholicism or with Christianity?
Here are a few tweets in response to the scandal.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 17, 2018
If you stand by the Catholic Church, if you donate time and money to this organization, you are complicit in the rape of children and its coverup. If you think that is too harsh, start thinking about the victims instead.https://t.co/qB5UfyeGCI — Blog by @AndrewLSeidel pic.twitter.com/ft5llLC881
— FFRF (@FFRF) August 16, 2018
The American Catholic Church is on the ropes. The child sex abuse situation has crippled a once influential institution. For individual Catholics, it is vital to remember that the theology, the philosophy of Jesus, remains unchanged. https://t.co/2NGsgy7Tqd
— Bill O’Reilly (@BillOReilly) August 17, 2018
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) August 16, 2018
It is no secret that there has been a cultural shift away from Christianity in America. In a Pew report, only 56% of people who were polled as believing in God, believe in God as described in the Bible. In another Pew report report states that Millennial’s are the least religious generation. For Christians, this should be concerning.
Christianity as an institution is in trouble. Whether Catholic or Protestant, there is no denying that the Church is less influential than it used to be. The moral strongholds and values once held by the Church have been diminishing. As the values fade from the Church, so does the moral authority. Every scandal further shows the cracks in the foundational structure.
As the Catholic Church faces the fallout from recent events, Protestants should understand that the shock wave will not discriminate between denominations. As in the body when one organ fails it effects the other members; The failures of part of an institution affect the institution as a whole.
This is why Protestants and Catholics should work together to call out evils in the institution and take responsibility for failure when it occurs. The theological discrepancies are less important than maintaining moral virtue and human dignity.
Marcus Saylor is a Lead Contributor for theDailyLead.