The editorial below was written in response not to Church-based Sexual Abuse, as horrific as that is, but in response to the flood of revelations coming from Hollywood and Washington DC in recent times. Yet what is written is applicable to the Church and the crisis facing it as it is to the current revelations in the media/entertainment industry and the world of politics.
It’s worth reading, pondering and, eventually, responding.
The Puritan impulse to cast out the evildoer as the sole response to his transgression seeks catharsis rather than justice. Justice requires not only the past and future victims be made whole and safe but also that the strutures that protect the privileged rather than the powerless be reformed. And justice also recogizes and encourages the possibility of redemption, after repentance and penalty.