For reporter, abuse scandal prompted a crisis of faith

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(UNDATED) What if you felt God called you to a task — and then you lost your faith while carrying out that very task? That’s what happened to William Lobdell, a former evangelical Christian and aspiring Catholic, while he covered religion as a journalist for the Los Angeles Times. His new memoir, “Losing My Religion: […]

  • frjimt

    What will Mr. Lodbell do when he discovers, to his horror, that atheists, teachers, reporters, buddhists, islamists abuse …….
    join suicide believers?
    to my eye, that is what most reporters do…..
    inviting us to that journey holds greater peril than “losing my religion.”

    no excuses for the clergy of my denomination, nor any other, but the “story” of “coverup” is not the full picture.
    Compassion/care for the abused must come 1st…….how one gives them their innocence back, i have no idea.
    I’ve dealt with more “victims” of sexual abuse from family members, neighbors than i have clergy.

    The church then has the great opportunity to do what it did years ago when the great “scandal” was alcoholism in the ministry……
    12 step programs began in church basements……..
    back then alcohol abuse was seen as a “moral failure”………look at it today……..
    in covering the abuse, i’ve seen NO ONE, NOTHING covering the advice of the therapists, psychologists who, to the best of their ability, believed that man were able to get back into ministry with “limitations/supervision”.

    The bishops I know never “turned a blind eye”, told them it was “ok”, then left them back to abuse.

    Get rid of religion, as bill maher proposes, these problems will not go away. Good luck in the attempt.

    I’d like to see religion news do “unbiased coverage” of that part of the problem. Don’t hold your breath.

  • Bill’s book is sitting here on deck, scheduled to follow “Wild at Heart” by John Eldredge. I suppose I am on my own spiritual journey, and approach Losing My Religion with some trepidation. Will this story be the final body blow for my faith, or can stories like Obdell’s be transformative in a positive way? “I guess we’ll find out”.

    More than apprehension for myself, though, I feel for the author’s loss. Familiar with his light hearted “Iron Kahuna” triathlete persona, I pray there’s still a spark to reignite the passion that once burned brightly in his true self.

  • Burt Weissman

    Too bad Mr. Lobdell hadn’t explored traditional Catholicism prior to his abandoning the faith entirely. What he was exposed to was the apostate Novus Ordo Sect, the product of the “Vatican II” Robber Council; definitely not Catholicism by any stretch of the imagination.

    In any event, I would invite Mr. Lobdell to attend one of the many Catholic churches in his area that offer exclusively the Traditional Latin Mass, which is as different as day is from night as compared to the invalid Novus Ordo “Mass” (more like a “Mess”, actually). He’ll certainly experience the presence of Christ in His tabernacle, along with many other innumerable graces sorely lacking in the Novus Ordo “parishes”.

    As noted in the same mentioned article, Eastern Christianity could present itself as another viable alternative in Mr. Lobdell’s faith search; whether Catholic or Orthodox, it certainly has a depth of faith, manifested in its vibrant and exuberant liturgy, which marks a stark contrast from the Novus Ordo abomination.

    Best wishes on your faith journey, Mr. Lobdell!

  • OliviaB.

    I wouldn’t blame Mr. Lobdell with how he felt. It’s terrible how one bad priest could make the rest of the entire Catholic Church for over hundreds of years look bad. At the same time, nothing is considered very newsworthy unless there’s tragedy involved. It keeps people reading – but sometimes at the expense of the reporter. Maybe that’s why most of the digging is left to the lawyers.

    But I agree with Mr. Weissman. Since the 1962 Novus Ordo mass/teachings, there have been many priests, nuns, & monks who have left the Catholic Church; there have been more abuses by the clergy; and there have been more people leaving their Catholic faith. Something should be said about Traditional Catholicism.