"It is difficult to deny this problem considering the high percentage of abuse cases that occurred between men and post-pubescent boys."
"On several occasions, our Holy Father has stated that clericalism played a part in the current scandals as priests and bishops sought to cover up abuses," the bishop noted. He added that "disproportionate esteem for priests by the faithful, at times, was (and still can be) problematic."
He said the priest, like any man, is a sinner in need of redemption, but the state is one of service.
"One should enter the priesthood through a calling from Jesus to share in His mission. That mission is to proclaim Christ Crucified and Risen from the dead," he recalled.
"Especially in this country, Church leaders have been slow to embrace this mission and settled for simply maintaining her membership rather than boldly evangelizing the culture."
The bishop noted that "instead of being Catholic out of conviction and a deep relationship with Jesus, the faith has become for too many something merely cultural," and he recalled Archbishop José Gomez' statement that Christ "did not come to suffer and die so that He could make 'cultural Catholics'".
"Cultural Catholicism", Bishop Olmsted said, "lacks true conviction to follow Jesus when His teachings differ from ways of the culture."
He said that many of the concerns in priestly formation "are now being addressed well," and recalled that St. John Paul II was "convinced that the answer to these scandals is great fidelity."
"Like other times of storms in the Church, Jesus continues to renew His Mystical Body through holiness," Bishop Olmsted concluded. "You and I are called to be saints."