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“They forgot the mission…”

posted by jmcgee

“Maybe the most worrying trend the past 10 years can be found in this phrase: ‘They forgot the mission.’ So many great American institutions–institutions that every day help hold us together–acted as if they had forgotten their mission, forgotten what they were about, what their role and purpose was, what they existed to do. You, as you read, can probably think of an institution that has forgotten its reason for being. Maybe it’s the one you’re part of…

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..The Catholic Church, as great and constructive an institution as ever existed in our country, educating the children of immigrants and healing the weak in hospitals, also acted as if it had forgotten the mission. Their mission was to be Christ’s church in the world, to stand for the weak. Many fulfilled it, and still do, but the Boston Globe in 2003 revealed the extent to which church leaders allowed the abuse of the weak and needy, and then covered it up.

It was a decades-long story; it only became famous in the ’00s. But it was in its way the most harmful forgetting of a mission of all, for it is the church that has historically given a first home to America’s immigrants, and made them Americans. Its reputation, its high standing, mattered to our country. Its loss of reputation damaged it. And it happened in part because priests and bishops forgot they were servants of a great institution, and came to think the great church existed to meet their needs.”

– Peggy Noonan, taking a look back at the decade that was.
 


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Maria

posted January 1, 2010 at 8:10 pm


Noonan nails it everytime.



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Michael

posted January 2, 2010 at 1:01 am


Peggy gets it a bit off target. The dynamic of cover-up was to protect the members of the club. It was clericalism at its worst as the needs of clergy self perservation and avoidance of “scandal” (monumental failure) was placed above the welfare of the abused and exploited. The damage to the faith and the nation has been incalcuable. There is a real need to start over, back to basics and the Gospel…where the real creditbility needs to be recovered.



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Antoinette

posted January 2, 2010 at 5:59 pm


An excellent article, hopefully read by the Bishops. The damage to the church is so extensive, especially in Ireland, that we can only try to rebuild. It is up to the laymen to do it by making the Bishops accountable.



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