Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Latter Day Luther?

The Rev. James J. Scahill, parish priest in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, gave a Sunday sermon a couple days ago in which he stated that Pope Benedict should resign if he is not up to dealing with the problem of clergy sexual abuse.

The sermon was well-received. According to the Boston Globe:

Scahill’s parish has flourished. Connor said people flock to the church from surrounding communities to hear Scahill preach, and he received standing ovations for his sermon on Sunday.

For several years, Scahill has been an advocate for abuse victims and an outspoken critic of chuch policies that helped abusers to escape justice.

Instead of nailing his theses on the church door, however, Scahill is busy giving television interviews. In this modern age of rapid information dispersal, I wonder how long it will be before Scahill is excommunicated.

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