Bishop David A. Zubik has tired of critics "dragging [the Catholic Church] through the mud" for systematically concealing and facilitating the sexual abuse of children; for aggravating the damage to victims by manipulating their trust into silence where possible; for compounding victims' pain by castigating them from the pulpit in other circumstances; and for deploying scorched-earth litigators to protect church finances by brutalizing victims in court.
Were the Catholic Church were any other human enterprise -- a chain of day-care centers, say, or a group of charter schools -- it would have been convicted, bankrupted, and disbanded long ago (with many Catholic Church officials imprisoned). Instead of whining about criticism, Bishop Zubik -- and others who speak for the church -- should quietly count blessings and work to reform a church that has not shown it deserves the extraordinary leniency it has received.
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