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Editorial: Pope faced flaws in church head-on

Pope Benedict XVI seems to have won the day on his visit to the United States.

Much to the chagrin of many in the church hierarchy who feared any discussion of the priest sexual abuse issue would bring forward more claimants, the pope faced the issue head-on.

Indeed, it did bring forth more claimants, but just as surely the pope spoke the truth when he said the church still has a lot of healing to do for the way it mishandled the issue over many years.

Naturally, the secularists in our so-called mainstream media were out with bells on as were some comics like Bill Maher, who said the pope "used to be a Nazi" (the exact opposite is true) and called the church a "child abusing religious cult."

Maher finally had to apologize, which should give everyone hope that someone at HBO, his host network, has a mild sense of political discretion if not perhaps a little class.

A wise man once said, "Don't judge a church by some of the people in it - even some of the top people in it."

The Catholic Church is far from perfect, but Pope Benedict XVI has faced those imperfections with a great deal more candor, honesty and remorse than some other churches have handled the less sterling points in their history.

The point the secularists miss is that people who adhere to religion recognize they are human beings. They have erred and they may err again. But one of the prime teachings of Christianity is that we should be as willing as God is to forgive "seven times seven." So the people who turn to religion try to be humans becoming.

It's doubtful the pope converted many nonbelievers on his visit, but he certainly inspired his flock and set an example of conduct that would make the world a far better place if more people followed it.

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