I find myself frustrated by the press coverage of the John Jay report on the Church scandals even before the report itself is released later today. The New York Times write-up characterizes it of theÂ â€śblame Woodstockâ€ť school.
Understanding that the scandals festered in a sexually permissive relativistic culture isnâ€™t assigning blame, itâ€™s getting at facts and admitting we have a problem we share with all of humanity.
Itâ€™s no breaking news that Catholics didnâ€™t stand athwart the sexual revolution enough yelling Stop! Even the university chartered by the Catholic bishops, there was dissent on moral teaching on sexuality. If we had all rallied to Humane Vitae, that would be one thing. But quite another thing happened in our seminaries, other schools, churches, and lives.
As George Weigel has written, we didnâ€™t have the courage to be Catholic.