Do you know one of the main reasons so many people are so critical of the church? Because it is not critical of itself.
What if the church readily and publicly admitted to its abuses, its greed, its misogyny, its homophobia, its role as accomplice in so many injustices, its coverups, its…, its…, its…? What if the church criticized itself?
Instead we see mostly self-congratulations and defensiveness. It is its pride that brings it down.
It loses respect because it demands it.