Nothing has changed. The pope has changed nothing with his Motu Proprio. Bishops are charged with being in charge of sexual abuse in their own dioceses. That worked out so well in the past…ask Mr. Theodore McCarrick.
Priorities are askew. Dogs, cats, family members are not aloud to live in rectories…at least in my diocese…technically lovers, (men or woman), are not aloud to live in the rectory either but that seems to be consistently overlooked. (If your lover is your dog or cat, that’s a whole other blog.)
Where do we as a Church go from here? (To hell in a hand basket?) This issue, sexual abuse, isn’t new in the Church. That doesn’t make it okay. It does make it even sadder for those of us in the Church. What does one say to angry parishioners? I let them know that I am angry too. I also let them know that we should not be part of the Church because of sinful men but because of a sinless God who we receive body, blood, soul and Divinity in the Eucharist. Sometimes that seems to be all we have. Luckily that is enough.
So we plow forward. What choice do we have? God does not change. We need to be in this for God and God alone.