Thursday, May 21, 2009

Reactions to Ryan

Madeleine Bunting in The Guardian has a penetrating article to the publication of the Ryan Report just published in the Republic of Ireland.

She confirms with approval the reaction of one Irish Jesuit edited blog:

“Why did so many Catholic institutions fail so appallingly? A hundred reasons can be suggested, but three come to mind: undue respect for authority (which was self-justifying and rarely self-critical); religious authoritarianism (government of communities by self-perpetuating cliques, who rarely saw the need for fresh thinking); and a rancid clericalism (product of a religious culture that increasingly turned in on itself).

She writes that the matter causes her (and no doubt others) a very personal crisis.

Hopefully she and others will not turn from the Church as a result of this Report.