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Don't blame clerical power for Catholic Church shortcomings

Don't blame clerical power for Catholic Church shortcomings

I disagree with Stephen J. Stahley’s recent commentary in The Sun, “Clericalism will undo the Catholic Church” (June 11). He lists tawdry scandals worthy of any tabloid to support his view that clericalism has reached its perfect apogee and congealed over the centuries into a “small group of elderly, celibate, mostly white men.”

I find it more honest to view clericalism (a policy of maintaining or increasing the power of religious hierarchy) in the context of the Catholic Church as the People of God. The power of the hierarchy has been...

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