I have been a Catholic since 1990.
For me, the Catholic Church has always been appealing because it offers moral clarity, timeless beliefs, the divine rite of Communion and absolution through the rite of Confession.
It gives me no pleasure to express this, but I now have deep concern about the church’s future.
The sexual abuse scandal inside the Catholic Church has been public knowledge for more than 15 years now.
All practicing Catholics have been disgusted by the reports of active priests abusing children. Even worse, senior leaders in the church have looked the other way and transferred many of these priests rather than remove them from the priesthood, allowing the abuse to continue. Anyone who transferred an abusing priest is complicit in every additional crime that priest committed.