From priests to Duncan Hunter to Trump himself, leaders need to get back to earth with the rest of us
From coverups to guilty pleas, it’s been a bad month for both our churches and our politics, Curtis writes. Above, sitting between Cardinal Timothy Dolan and wife Melania Trump, Donald Trump attends the annual white-tie Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in 2016. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images file photo)
OPINION — It is not a good time for those who want to believe — in their faith or in their government. No one expects any institution to be perfect, particularly those that are large and complicated. But why do so many have to be perfectly corrupt, spurring cynicism in those once so willing to give the benefit of the doubt?
There is the church I was raised in, one whose good works and ministries I loved while acknowledging flaws and grudgingly accepting the stern teachings of nuns and priests, and obeying the commandments as best I could. Pope Francis, a pontiff I admire for his common touch and common sense offered a message of understanding after a Pennsylvania grand jury report recounted horrific sins and crimes — the abuse of 1,000 minors by 300 priests over 70 years — covered up by Catholic Church leaders.