Mark Shea passes on some of Mr. Dreher's reponse to the criticism:
Anyway, one point of my Journal column was to draw attention to the fact that the Church has pissed away a great deal of its moral authority by its mishandling of the sex-abuse crisis.
I can accept this, but I have to ask whether writing such a column in the Wall Street Journal would help build up or tear down the Church's moral authority. To whom was it neccesary to point this out? Dissenting Catholics? Church leaders?
What good comes from pointing this out?