The Church Dithers

Dave Granlund, PoliticalCartoons.com

My thanks for a cartoon that speaks volumes about the Roman Catholic Church’s protracted dithering over how to counter endemic clerical sexual abuse. As a “recovering Catholic,” my lapsed status may not entitle me to pray that the Church somehow survives its existential crisis. Still, I hope that Pope Francis soon confers with God, perhaps along these lines:

Francis: “Holy Father, can you ever forgive me for having ignored rampant clerical molestations of minors?”

God: “Well, when you learned of these horrific crimes, why did you not take remedial action to prevent future violations of innocent youths?

Francis: “That would have made for bad press and soiled the Church’s divine image.”

God: “But your inaction abetted systemic cover-ups that trashed the Church’s credibility. What with our sacred tenets ever more doubted, where might we find enough credulous believers to carry on the faith?”

Francis: “Good question. Just one solution comes to mind: Open the priesthood — and the papacy — to upstanding women. Start with my successor.”

God: “Great suggestion. Your resignation is accepted. Go and sin no more.”