2010: To the Editor: Cries for Pope Benedict XVI to step down are not about righting wrongs, but about silencing a man and a Church / Pastor Arnold

I agree with this evaluation of the attacks on Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church. See the original at the New York Times website at this link.

Love and thanks to His Holiness for bearing this burden in the name of believing Christians everywhere.

Steve St.Clair
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To the Editor:

To the Editor:

Cries for Pope Benedict XVI to step down over the priest abuse scandal are not about righting wrongs, but about silencing a man and a church.

Though a non-Catholic, I have met Pope Benedict XVI and marvel at his faith and conviction. He has valiantly defended a biblical understanding of sexuality, marriage and the family from the onslaught of secular society. In his recent letter to Irish Catholics, the pope makes it clear that he is ashamed of his church’s failings and has taken concrete steps to address the abuses.

Jesus condemns sin, but points to forgiveness. Compassion for victims includes helping them forgive offenders so that they can move on with their lives. Without this forgiveness, healing can never take place.

Instead of targeting the pope, we should address the root causes of sexual abuse in a society and culture that will cross any ethical boundary for the sake of pleasure and making money.

Johann Christoph Arnold
Rifton, N.Y., March 28, 2010

The writer is senior pastor, Church Communities International..

Though a non-Catholic, I have met Pope Benedict XVI and marvel at his faith and conviction. He has valiantly defended a biblical understanding of sexuality, marriage and the family from the onslaught of secular society. In his recent letter to Irish Catholics, the pope makes it clear that he is ashamed of his church’s failings and has taken concrete steps to address the abuses.

Jesus condemns sin, but points to forgiveness. Compassion for victims includes helping them forgive offenders so that they can move on with their lives. Without this forgiveness, healing can never take place.

Instead of targeting the pope, we should address the root causes of sexual abuse in a society and culture that will cross any ethical boundary for the sake of pleasure and making money.

Johann Christoph Arnold
Rifton, N.Y., March 28, 2010

The writer is senior pastor, Church Communities International.

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