In 1985, I interviewed my grandmother, Cecilia LaHood, for an article I wanted to write about her life. Her children were planning a big 75th birthday party for her (she was born in 1910), and I wanted to share her life story with everyone who attended the party.
Beginning a week and a half before Easter Sunday and continuing until the day after Easter, the New York Times published at least 10 different (lengthy) articles about past and current allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church. The theme woven throughout the articles was that prior to being chosen to lead the Church, Pope Benedict was directly responsible for some priests being allowed to continue to victimize young boys, because he allegedly failed to act on information that had been provided to him.
As Catholics, we know from what we’ve been taught that it was necessary for our Lord to die on the cross in order to redeem us from our sins and to open the gates of Heaven. Prior to His death, because of the sins of Adam and Eve, Heaven was “off limits” to everyone.