I was thinking and praying that something good would come of Pope Francis’ Feb. 21-24 summit on clergy sexual abuse.
Then I read an opinion piece that said the “Wrath of God” will be visited upon perpetrators. Not exactly the compassionate, healing response I had hoped for.
I wanted to hear that summit participants had put in place a process for reconciliation to heal perpetrators, victims, and the Church as a whole. I was hoping we could move beyond retribution to reconciliation.
Retribution is a legitimate and appropriate response to the sex abuse scandal,