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In light of the clerical abuse scandal Fr Radcliffe asks "Should I stay or should I go?"

April 9, 2010
England based Catholic review The Tablet published an interesting article by Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP, addressing the clerical-abuse scandal, that we share with you below.  You may also want to view Salt + Light Television CEO Fr. Thomas Rosica's 2005 Witness interview with the Dominican priest HERE.
FrTRadcliffeShould I stay or should I go?
Clerical-abuse scandal
Timothy Radcliffe
As the scandal of child sexual abuse and its cover-up swirls around the Church, some Catholics are considering their options as regards their very membership of the institution. Here a former Master of the Dominicans explains why the Church is stuck with him, whatever happens.
Fresh revelations of sexual abuse by priests in Germany and Italy have provoked a tide of anger and disgust. I have received emails from people all around Europe asking how can they possibly remain in the Church? I was even sent a form with which to renounce my membership of the Church. Why stay?
First of all, why go? Some people feel that they can no longer remain associated with an institution that is so corrupt and dangerous for children. The suffering of so many children is indeed horrific. They must be our first concern. Nothing that I will write is intended in any way to lessen our horror at the evil of sexual abuse. But the statistics for the US, from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2004, suggest that Catholic clergy do not offend more than the married clergy of other Churches.
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