Friday, April 07, 2006

Before the Next Sex Scandal - Christianity Today Magazine

The article almost came too late. Four years ago, we first heard about Catholic clergy seducing underage boys. This blog wasn't around then, but I mentioned to anyone who would listen even then that for every Father John Geoghan, there were ten T. Lawrence Shannons. Or maybe ten Lonnie Lathams, to name the case with which this article opens.

The article is all the more valuable because it talks about not only the "before," but also the "after." That is: what happens when someone, clergy or layman, already has fallen into sexual sin? (Hint: it doesn't involve ostracism, except as a last resort. Matthew 18:15-20 lays down that guideline. But it does involve tough corrective measures.)

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