At the risk of seeming un-ecumenical, don’t the ongoing revelations of child abuse in the Catholic Church and the alleged complicity of Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict seem like kind of a big deal? First and foremost, of course, it’s a big deal for the victims of abuse and their families. But doesn’t it also highlight the lack of transparency and accountability that are intrinsic to the way the hierarchy functions? This is, after all, a model of the church that is often held up as one for wayward Protestants to follow (not least by some “postliberal” Protestants). And yet the idea of an authoritative magisterium standing as a bulwark against decadent liberal secularism isn’t looking so appealing right now. I haven’t seen much discussion of this in the theo-blogosphere–at least the corners of it that I frequent–but it would be interesting to learn what others think.