I’m writing this very quick post in my lunch hour, with a pile of work stacked around me. So it’ll be long on promises, and short on execution.
First, I’ve been thinking about Mr Badger’s request for a post on the reason for the Crucifixion. I’ve got a list of models that have been used through time to explain what God was up to. The ones I’ve thought of are the Judicial model, the Ransom model (which is not quite a subset of the Judicial model), the Evolutionary model, and the Narrative/Demonstration model. These are not mutually exclusive categories, and the list might not be complete. Please let me know if you can think of another. I’ll start posting on these shortly.
It was a busy weekend in real life, so I wasn’t around for the exchanges regarding clerical sexual abuse on Being Frank (some of which spilled over onto this blog). It seems a bit late to join in over there, but some interesting points have been made, and some important questions raised. I see I haven’t blogged about this issue since May last year! So as soon as I have time (in the next day or two, I hope), I’ll have my tuppence worth. Just to be going on with, I think any discussion of the causes of clerical sexual abuse largely misses the point. Some people to behave like monsters. This has been true throughout recorded history and undoubtedly beyond. Fair enough to study to understand the dimensions and features of clerical sexual abuse; this will help us to understand how to effectively protect children, and how to weed out those who would abuse the trust placed in them. But I think there are far more important questions to address. What caused the cover-ups? What causes the denial? What is being done and what should be done to ensure that people never sweep things under the carpet again?
My final point before getting back to work: Catholicism Pure & Simple has a post on Medjugorje that deserves wider circulation. Take a look and let us know what you think.