Our Church has been shaken to its core with the current claims of sex abuse and molestation by members of the Church. Though these events and travesties are not the product of the Church as a whole it can be seen that the Church has been stained with it. It is evident that in this current situation, the Church must make reforms to re-establish itself as a structure of faith and morality in our current world. We thus are advocating for the following reforms to be made in order to renew the Church, 1. We must make the Church more transparent to the public and officers of the law, and 2. Create harsher policies on those who have committed such horrible crimes.
1. It has been a recurring matter in these cases that when information is pertaining to abuse it is withheld and concealed by higher members of the church bureaucracy in the attempt to solve the situation secretly and prevent the staining of the Church’s name. Unfortunately though, keeping this information secret has not worked well to solve the problem but in fact ferments it into a even worse and more scandalous issue. Thus the Church must release information of sexual abuse cases to local officials so that the problem is cut off from the Church as a whole, and is not allowed to develop into a problem and travesty that is attributed to the whole Church. There has been a serious disinformation campaign against the Church which has gained momentum due to the withholding of information which demonizes the Church. We advocate for policies which make it Church law to release any information which pertains to criminal actions to local officials and have this held under a “zero tolerance” umbrella for infractions against it.
2. For those who have committed these crimes it is evident that they are not true representatives of the Church or the faith, and either need psychological aid or face the laws of the nation they reside in. The Church currently has a “zero tolerance” policy towards those who commit sexual abuse crimes, but many still do not follow it or go unpunished for committing such crimes. We thus advocate for harsher policies of exclusion and excommunication for these criminals and harsher punishments for those who will not enforce the “zero tolerance” policy.