Why should ministers and the like be held to higher standards?

The Catholic Church is seeing an explosion in Sexual Abuse reports.  Other ministers are not beyond reproach either especially when you consider some of the recent revelations regarding Martin Luther King and some of the pastors that he associated with.  Additionally, even in our own area, there were revelations of sexual abuse at some of our larger Churches by an employee of the Church who was hired to work with youth.  

Christians aren't perfect, never will be, at least on Earth, and neither are ministers who are just as sinful and flawed as everyone else in the congregation but because of their positions they should be more than ever responsible and if they can't be then they don't deserve to be in their positions.  Another problem is that so many Churches almost deify their pastors and ministers and whether conscience or not conscience elevate them to almost a position of worship themselves.  There are some very influential pastors/ministers and some that are great counselors and speakers but people often forget that they are just as human and flawed and sinful as all other Christians who need forgiveness and to request forgiveness daily.  

This isn't just a Catholic problem but it effects all Religions and denominations. It also doesn't mean it's all a lie and that all Religion is false and flawed.  People should realize that even ministers are flawed and capable of failures just as the people they minister to.  Many are paid so well that even though they may be conflicted by. their own lives and choices they will never make the decision to leave it or be accountable because they know they are paid far above what they should be.  I don't know if there is an answer but it is a problem that Churches and Christians have to deal with because as it is the problem is causing harm to the Cause of Christ.

Be as the Bereans ( Acts 17:11 )

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