Hilary Mantel says the Catholic Church is not for respectable people:
I think that nowadays the Catholic Church is not an institution for respectable people. … The fact that [the abuse scandals] could happen, the extent of the denial, the cover-up, the hypocrisy, the cruelty… When I was a child I wondered why priests and nuns were not nicer people. I thought that they were amongst the worst people I knew.
E.J. Dionne, though not happy with the bishops’ recent direction –
I wonder if the bishops realize how some in their ranks have strengthened the hands of the church’s adversaries (and disheartened many of the faithful) with public statements … that threaten to shrink the church into a narrow, conservative sect.
I’m sorry to inform the [Freedom From Religon Foundaion] that I am declining its invitation to quit. It may not see the Gospel as a liberating document, but I do, and I can’t ignore the good done in the name of Christ by the sisters, priests, brothers and lay people who have devoted their lives to the poor and the marginalized.