Sex and The Single Priest

The clerical calling has been sullied by scandal, but what is the church willing to do to reform?

For he who gives scandal, it would be better to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."

The message thundered out of the Vatican with the force of the Gospel from which it was taken. "How severe are Christ's words," wrote the Pope in a letter released last week to America's bishops; "how great must be that evil." After years in which the Vatican downplayed the sex scandals that have plagued the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S., John Paul II publicly acknowledged the enormity of the problem. Indeed, the...

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