If all we look for is a valid sacrament, then we may well endure the "ministry" of a wolf in sheep's clothing. If the problem and the danger were not real, would Christ have bid us "Beware?"2 Writing in the Second Epistle to the Church in Corinth, Paul went as far as to warn that some men are Satan's ministers.3 His warning in that chapter was not about cults, but about ministry that had taken place in the church, in their own church.
The subject could not be off limits, and still needs to be treated seriously. First of all, it needs to be treated seriously because, as quite a few people know from their own painful life experience (including me), it is no small matter to have been a victim of child sexual abuse. It has to be dealt with. The subject cannot be off limits, also, because there is only the slightest evidence that Rome might ever really try earnestly to solve the problem. It did not begin in 2002, but merely came to light.
If the standard is so low that wolves in sheep's clothing have been protected due to a shortage of clergy and of men with "vocations," then the real problem with Rome's whole system requires a very real reformation. It has yet to happen. The question I had put before the readers was this: If people are urging Anglicans to leave their own heritage and put themselves, their churches and their children, under the care of the Roman Catholic Church, did they not pick one of the most ironically awkward times in history? What has Rome done to earn the trust? Indeed, why is it not clear they have earned the opposite?