Here’s a report on 60 years’ worth of abuse in Irish Catholic homes for children. Everyone knew it was going on, yet this organization whose ostensible goal is to represent God’s love, mercy and justice on Earth kept it under wraps.
I ask again: why does the Catholic Church even pretend it has something to teach the rest of us about morality? How much rot need be exposed before we collectively agree that it’s rotten to the core? I can’t believe it even has to be asked, but how much child rape is too much child rape?
Now, I know that the common argument is that the abusers within the Church were obviously not sanctioned in their abuse. That’s wonderful as far as it goes, which is not very far at all. If I ran a national chain of daycare centers, and molestation was committed in Duluth, Boston, San Diego, and Kansas City, not only would those places be shuttered immediately, I don’t think my Atlanta establishment would stand much of a chance of staying open.
I don’t think I am a moral leader by any means, but if I found out that an organization with which I was affiliated were responsible for committing and covering-up child abuse and rape all over the world, I’d be out of there in a heartbeat. Especially if that group claimed divine authority. The occasional opportunity for a magic cracker can’t possibly trump the interests of the countless children whose lives have been ruined by this wicked organization.