As the Vatican kicks off a four-day summit addressing the Church’s sexual abuse crisis, I’ve been asked by many non-Catholic friends, “Why are you still Catholic? How could you remain tied to such a dirty institution?” Those questions are especially pointed given that my latest book was bluntly titled Why I am Catholic (And You Should Be Too).
Since I wrote the book over a year ago, before revelations of then-Cardinal McCarrick and the horrific “summer of shame,” I barely addressed the abuse crisis. It just wasn’t a burning issue at the time. In fact, up until 2018, in surveys asking former Catholics why they left the Church, the sex abuse crisis never appeared among the top three responses in any survey I saw.