The current crisis in the Catholic church demands a very brief history lesson.
In the ancient world, same-sex relations between men and boys was an accepted norm—among the Greeks and among Roman citizens these relations were, even celebrated. Jesus upended that, threatening child abusers with terrible punishments saying that, “It would be better for those men to have a large stone hung around their necks and to be thrown into the sea.”
Christianity ended the cultural acceptance of pedophilia.
But now, 2 thousand years later, a number of leaders who claim to act serve in Jesus name are in a scandal over exactly this.
It’s time to go back to the words of Jesus, to provide no hindrance for the children as they look to come to Him.
That will take repentance. And—only after that—a restoration of trust.