Essay on sexual abuse in the Catholic church

Hendrik Hertzberg wrote a short, inquisitive essay in The New Yorker about the Catholic Churches problem with priests sexually abusing children.

Even though the media can never seem to exhaust this topic, it can still be done tactfully.

Hertzberg started off by painting a familiar scene where Martin Luther is putting up the famous 95 Theses and how controversial it was.

Hertzberg compared the outrage then to a more relatable method of ranting. Blogging.

He wrote, "Dr. Martin Luther, put the finishing touches on a series of bullet points and, legend has it, nailed the result to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany--the equivalent, for the time and place, of uploading a particularly explosive blog post."

He then went on to use another engaging paragraph to pull in the reader, "The "Ninety-five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences" touched off a high-stakes flame war that rapidly devolved into the real thing, with actual wars, actual flames, and actual stakes."

Hertzberg attempts to point out both sides of the issue, from the Church's perspective and the public's.

If it was unsure which side Hertzberg defended, he finally takes a stance.

"Our largely democratic, secularist, liberal, pluralist modern world, against which the Church has so often set its face, turns out to be its best teacher--and the savior, you might say, of its most vulnerable, most trusting communicants."

Overall this essay is a great glimpse into the pressing issues of the Catholic Church. It doesn't try to condemn the Church or ignore their problems.

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