Originally Posted by ItsAWindUp
You don't understand. What I'm trying to say is attending Mass is a show of support for the Church, and organisation that unashamedly hid paedophiles and rapists. Many find this baffling.
I think that most who attend Mass would rightly be disgusted and dismayed by the abuse scandals and the cover ups - and most practising Catholics I know would have difficulty containing their anger at those responsible, particularly at the top, when the subject comes up. However, they would also feel that the church is as much them as it is the Pope and the bishops, and the don't see why they should be pushed out. Also, many would attend as they would like and respect their priest. The Vatican and the bishops don't own the Church - they may think they do though.