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March 12th, 2012
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From:nwhyte
Date:March 12th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
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A lot of this is very close to my own feelings, except that I am a cradle Catholic rather than a convert; but like you I was tremendously enriched and effectively re-committed to the faith by my experiences in university, ande like you I've found the events of the last few years have driven me away.

For me the turning point was the Church's continued failure to deal with clerical sexual abuse. It was clear that the internal organisational structures of the church were not set up in such a way as to ensure accountability and repentance; I know enough about truth and reconciliation processes in post-conflict situations to see when good faith efforts are being made, and when they are not. And it seemed to me impossible to reconcile that failure on the part of the Church with the idea that it has a leading role guided by the Holy Spirit in the interaction between God and humanity.

So I've just slipped away for now, and am finding my own syncretic route to enlightenment.
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From:smhwpf
Date:March 12th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
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That's interesting, I've always had the impression that the Church's response to clerical sexual abuse - even when it moved beyond hushing everything up - looked more like institutional protection 2.0 than actual repentance, but I'd not thought of it in a T&R post-conflict perspective.

I still think the Holy Spirit works through the RC Church in many ways, but perhaps not that often through the hierarchy.
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