Two vaguely related news items. First, from the grey lady:
Atheists should be seen as good people if they do good, Pope Francis said on Wednesday in his latest urging that people of all religions – or no religion – work together. [...]
He told the story of a Catholic who asked a priest if even atheists had been redeemed by Jesus.
“Even them, everyone,” the pope answered, according to Vatican Radio. “We all have the duty to do good,” he said.
I appreciate the gesture. Obviously the notion that atheists are “saved” is meaningless to me, and the emphasis on the sacrifice of the chief prophet seems misplaced, but the outreach is nice to see.
But just as I’m basking in the warm glow, I turn to the Chicago Tribune
Chicago Jesuits hid sex crimes
Internal church records released Tuesday show that Chicago Jesuits consciously concealed the crimes of convicted sex offender Donald McGuire for more than 40 years as the prominent Roman Catholic priest continued to sexually abuse dozens of children around the globe.
One letter written in 1970 by the Rev. John H. Reinke, then president of Loyola Academy in Wilmette, described McGuire’s presence at the school as “positively destructive and corrosive.” Instead of insisting he be removed from ministry or sent to treatment, Reinke suggested a transfer to Loyola University.
It’s really hard to sing “We Are the World” when this crap is still going on.