Perhaps before we allow our vision to become too focused on ourselves, we should read this article by Laura Griffin in the Dallas Morning News.
Houses of worship by nature are built on trust, intended as places of God and good things. For that reason, they have increasingly become targets for people willing to abuse that trust by dipping into the coffers for themselves.
Ms Griffin goes on to detail a series of Protestant and Jewish worship communities who have suffered embezzlement by their spiritual leader or a trusted church employee.
I think the sexual abuse scandal has conditioned us to look inward at our Church structure to account for the occurrence of sin by priests. In reality, this sin stems from the universal frailty of human nature and our struggle against vice. So Frs. Skehan and Guinan did not embezzle funds because they are priests. If they are guilty of these crimes it is in spite of being priests. We do not need to beat our breasts proclaiming that we bear these abuses because of our Catholicism. We bear these abuses because priests like all mortal men are faced with temptation and sometimes fail to resist. Certainly better accounting and oversight in a Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish community will discourage such conduct. Removing temptation with wise financial practices will shield Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish communities from financial abuse.