The Sex Scandal is front and center of faith-related news this Holy Week as people come to grips about the extent of the crimes and the role of the Church in covering it up. Below are several op-ed pieces analyzing the issue, discussing who is to blame, the role of the Church structure and how it enabled the crimes to be left unresolved, and a criticism of public and atheist reactions to the news.
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Op-ed piece on the sex scandals – who is to blame? A call for contrition (via NY Times) link
Analysis on the Catholic Church bureaucracy and how its structure is affecting its response to current crises (via The Guardian) link
“The reaction to the pedophile priest scandal is as guilty of scaremongering, illiberalism and elitism as the Catholic Church has ever been.” – An eyebrow-raising opinion piece which chastises “the cult of victimhood” and “new atheism”. DON’T BE VICTIMS PPL. IF YOU WERE A SEXUALLY ABUSED BOY, STFU AND LEAVE THE CHURCH ALONE. YOUR ALLEGATIONS ARE EXAGGERATED. (via Spiked!) link
Christian militia group leader arrested for a plot to kill a police officer and bomb his funeral procession (via Chicago Breaking News) link
Read about Christopher Hitchens’ early sex life, if you’re interested (via Gawker) link
Sinead O Conner talks about her history of abuse and her feelings about the Catholic Church (via Washington Post) link
Belgium bans the burqua (via The Guardian) link
April is Pray for an Atheist Month!!!! (via Christianpost.com) link
Kentucky church claims that the Pope should not be required to testify because he is a head of state. (via Portland Humanist Examiner) link
Bishops in Britain cry Discrimination! (via The Telegraph) link