Frank Keating, who recently was forced to resign as head of a national review board investigating the criminal conduct of the Catholic church has an op-ed in the NYT defending the church. He created a firestorm because he had the temerity to say that the bishops, who were behaving like mafia bosses, were, well, acting like mafia bosses.
What I don’t get is why Keating and others remain loyal to their church. I understand loyalty to their faith, even though I don’t share it. But the things that make the Roman church unique aren’t really doctrinal but rather organizational: the belief in apostolic succession and an infallible papacy. Otherwise, they’re just Lutherans with a more impressive art collection. So, when it becomes obvious that the highest levels of the American branch of the church have been corrupt to the core for decades, covering up the most heinous crimes imaginable among its own priesthood, why bother to remain loyal to a leadership that has to be dragged kicking and screaming to reach even the barest level of decent behavior?