The Catholic Church has found itself at the forefront of media attention as sex scandals have come to light across the nation and the church has come under fire for its handling of the controversy.
Initially we were going to write an editorial urging the church to take a tougher stance against such actions and to find ways to prevent such activity from casting a shadow over the good work of the church and hurting those who look to the church for guidance.
However, since the editorial board first discussed such an editorial, church leaders seem to be moving toward a "zero-tolerance" policy. Church leaders have said they are not going to hide from such issues and are going to take steps to address this mess.
What we would urge the church to do is to continue dialogue beyond the media attention. At some point the media is going to end its focus on the church and at that time the Catholic Church will again find itself able to operate in a vacuum. We can only hope church leaders are honest and earnest in their intentions.