Abuse and the Church's Reputation
There are at least two issues going on in this cartoon.
One is that many have a deep need to protect the reputation of the church. They view all critiques as attacks on the Bride of Christ. They will stop at nothing to conceal and deny its ugly inner life. No matter how many people are hurt and how seriously, what’s most important is the church’s witness in the world, and keeping it in the family protects this.
The second is that it’s not working. Just like abuse in the home leaks out in black eyes, bruises, a cowering demeanor, and eventually testimonies, so the church’s abuse is leaking out in countless wounded people and a flood of stories. It’s not a secret. Everybody knows.
Whatever reputation it had is sullied.
It’s time to deal with it.