.- The Archbishop emeritus of La Serena, Chile, Bernardino PiÃ±era, said this week that âmodernist and secular tendenciesâ are harassing the Church and that scandals are being blown out of proportion in order to destroy her.
Speaking to the Chilean daily El Dia, the archbishop said the phenomenon is occurring primarily in Europe but that it has repercussions in Latin America. The press, he added, âis harassing the Catholic Churchâ by publishing distortions in order to discredit her.
Archbishop PiÃ±era noted that the Church is a divine institution made up of men, and therefore it should not be shocking that âout of a thousand men, there are always ten that fail.â Nevertheless, today âthere are no more failings than there have always been,â there is just a greater obsession to point them out.
Regarding the issue of priestly pedophilia, the archbishop acknowledged that some cases have indeed taken place, but âwe know that in the United States there are lawyers who have become millionaires by getting money out of the Church.â
He said the matter was just as absurd as the Minister of Education paying a fine âevery time a teacher misbehaves,â or the Minister of Health every time âa doctor mistreats a nurse.â
Not too long ago, the Church was treated with respect and sympathy, even by non-Catholics, he said. âToday that has been lost.â
Nevertheless, he pointed out, âThe Church continues workingâ and is ânot discouraged by these things.â Despite the different crisis the Church has endured throughout the centuries, she continues to move forward, and âthat is the mystery of God,â the archbishop stated.