Yet another sex-abuse scandal has broken in the Catholic Church. Several, actually.
So, of course, people are crying for the Pope to be arrested when he visits Great Britain. (Never mind that the main voice crying for the Pope to be tried for “crimes against humanity” happens to be a rather virulent atheist, who seems offended by the fact that he is surrounded by people so Neanderthal as to have faith in something science can’t prove.)
On another blog, someone left a comment asking if this latest scandal would shake the blogger’s faith in the infallibility of the pope.
Well, of course not.
Maybe the atheists are crowing, but the fact is, scandal has always been with us. It is never a good thing. As Jesus said, scandal will come, but it would be better for the scandal causer to have been thrown into the sea with a stone tied around his neck (presumably meaning before he had the chance to cause scandal).
Jesus predicted there would be scandal. Why are we surprised?
Determined to root out the causes, of course.
But not surprised.
The sad, shocking thing about it is how quickly the culture turned on the Catholic Church. To listen to the reporting, you’d think most priests were serial pedophiles and no other church ever had a sex abuse scandal. (In the U.S., at least, a number of recent, long-running major child abuse/sexual abuse scandals have been related to small, independent churches. Not as much fun as lampooning the entire papist edifice, though, apparently.) Maureen Dowd has built her career on harping on the Catholic Church’s failings (it would seem, from some things she’s written, that she considers the Church calling abortion evil to be one of its major failings, so any excuse to tear it down is welcome in Dowd’s office).
Gays being the new sacred cows, of course, not a word is ever breathed in the MSM about the fact that the vast majority of the abuse cases were homosexual in nature; it is unallowable to imply that gays are statistically more prone to be the offenders in these cases. Of course, when Pope Benedict issued a letter directing seminaries to deny admission to young men with homosexual tendencies, the same people complained about that, too, because pointing out that the priesthood is not an “acceptable” dumping ground for unmarriagable gay men wasn’t in the left-leaning narrative, either, since the Pope called homosexuality what it is: a disordered desire. To the Times, homosexuality has become not disordered, but simply diversity, and, therefore, desirable in the workplace.
Phil Donohue of the Catholic League was on EWTN’s news program, The World Over, last Friday. He pointed out that one abuse case, of course, is too many. That being said, there were only six cases of credible claims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in the U.S. last year. If the New York Times et. al. were really concerned about protecting children, Donohue argued, then why aren’t they going after the public school systems, which have also swept abuse under the rug and had 290,000 credible allegations between 1990 and 2000? (And, if it’s true that the statute of limitations have to be extended for Catholic sexual abuse cases because victims are slow to come forward, then why do the public school cases come out so much faster? And will that extension apply to all abuse cases?)
Most of the claims during the crisis, in fact, had several things in common: they were decades old and they involved homosexual behavior. In many cases, the perpetrator was long dead. And yet, the cases were reopened in the courts on the justification that the diocese had to/could be punished (has anyone ever been allowed to sue a local or state School Board thirty years after the fact, I wonder?), and advocates within the Church cried that the problem was priestly celibacy.
Excuse me, but a wife will not fix either homosexual tendencies or pedophelia.
I suppose, though, if you’re an atheist or a left-leaning paper like the Times, you already assumed that Dan Brown writes documentaries and the Catholic Church really is a murderous, power-hungry, international club for sex-starved men.
As they say, it fits the narrative of certain people to assume that the Catholic Church can do no right, so every scandal, no matter how old, gets reported and plastered all over the papers.
Which, I suppose, is no surprise, either. As has often been pointed out, anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable prejudice.