Bishop Richard Malone, of the of Maine Roman Catholics, is attempting to punish Paul Kendrick for criticizing the church’s response to the sexual abuse scandals by denying him communion and banning him from church. Of course, the church’s response to the scandals have been horrendous (I think criminal) and are to be criticized openly and often.
Another abuse victim advocate and priest, Tom Doyle, has said that the aggressive actions of some activists have been a sore spot for the church, but has shared that he too has seen oppression because of his advocacy. His career as a church cannon layer is effectively over.
I, for one, would assume that the advocate’s aggressive tactics have something to do with the church’s response (or lack of a response) to some very heinous crimes. They anger the hell out of me. I guess I can’t actually think of anything that the church has done of their own accord that shows any remorse or compassion for the victims. If it hadn’t been for legal victories, I really don’t think the church would have done anything at all. Why there are any Catholics left beats the hell out of me.
In the article, Doyle says, “One of the biggest sins in the Catholic Church is to criticize a bishop.” Boy, they can make anything a sin, can’t they. And it’s a really convenient sin. A little dose of sit down and shut up.