Cummings: “…there are times when the sin is so pervasive and corrosive that it is irresponsible to talk about anything else”

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Kathy Sprows Cummings is a historian of American Catholicism, the director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at Notre Dame, and a Catholic who was raised in Pennsylvania.  She brings all of this expertise and experience to bear on her recent New York Times op-ed: “For Catholics, Gradual Reform is No Longer an Option.”  Here is a taste:

People will say that there is still holiness in the church, that there are many priests and bishops with good and pure hearts, and they are right.  But there are times when the sin is so pervasive and corrosive that it is irresponsible to talk about anything else, and this is one of those times.  My once-polite requests for incremental reform have morphed overnight into demands that church leaders voluntarily relinquish their place at the head table.

Read the entire piece here.

One thought on “Cummings: “…there are times when the sin is so pervasive and corrosive that it is irresponsible to talk about anything else”

  1. In reading the article by Cummings, I noticed that she used the word “sin” five times to describe the child sexual molestation and cover-up by the Catholic Church. In the secular world, we call child sexual molestation a “crime.” Words matter.

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