- Oct 23, 2020
By remaining above politics, the clergy can keep their own – and society’s – focus on the moral aspects of an issue. They can retain the credibility that comes with objectivity and gain a broader consensus among all people of goodwill.
It’s difficult to quantify the extent of clergy stress, nationwide or denominationally. But a 2018 Gallup poll bears out a common impression that clergy no longer enjoy the same public esteem as in the past.
A new survey from the PEW Research Center has found that not only do most Americans believe religion and politics shouldn’t mingle, but Catholics in particular emerged as less likely than other U.S. Christian churches to trust their clergy on hot-button issues such as abortion.
After a French cardinal was convicted of covering up sex abuse, Pope Francis on Thursday addressed the scandals in a meeting with Roman clergy.
An Italian victim of sexual abuse by clergy peacefully protested in front of the Vatican Monday before being taken away by police officers.
Pope Francis has revived what has been called a “noble tradition” of asking cardinals to inform him when they leave town and where they’re going. This show of papal muscle comes after the pope wrote a letter asking for obedience to a rioting diocese in Nigeria and the tensions with the Knights of Malta.