“. . . like any institution, the church hierarchy would first be concerned with protecting the interests of the institution.” Does this not weaken the moral authority of the Church even if it reasonable and normal?
Well, John, it certainly attenuates the moral authority of the hierarchy, but it doesn’t wholly discredit it. And I would also note that you refer to the moral authority of the whole “Church”, as opposed to that of just the hierarchy. We ought to be careful with our choice of words, especially when assigning blame—a lesson which touches on what Mr. Berger is saying: that “there is an anti-Catholic animus at work in the zealous prosecution of each and every accusation against members of the clergy…”