...George Pell: cardinal found guilty of child sexual assault
Defenders of the faith have often said that the clergy is no different from the layman, and that we must all -- people of faith and those who lead us -- strive to fight the devil. While that is a noble sentiment, the spate of abuse allegations emerging from the Church makes one wonder if there is indeed something about the institution that lets sexual offenders operate with impunity for years. I have often argued against the requirement of celibacy that the Church places on the clergy, which I feel is unnatural and breeds disorders. But the depth of abuse in the Church has to emerge from other causes.