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Holy Holy Holy

May 20, 2009

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.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Aaron permalink
    May 20, 2009 10:52 pm

    Barry, I love ya and respect both your intelligence and candor. That said, you gotta tone this shit down. Has the Catholic Church willfully condoned reprehensible atrocities in its history? Absolutely. Is this one of those times? No. It’s certainly an act of gross negligence and should be called out as such, but to suggest that the Catholic church is morally bankrupt is a narrow view. Yes, the Church represents a political beast that has been unable to police its staff/clergy and these inexcusable acts of abuse. Yes, the prohibition against sex for clergy members would seem an unreasonable one in the context of human biology and contemporary society. Still, the church represents for millions of very good people a symbol of right action and good works towards others. That it is flawed shouldn’t necessitate its downfall, but instead represent a call to action for its best and brightest to reform it from within. Also, their incense? To die for.

  2. Barry permalink
    May 20, 2009 11:08 pm

    Funny you should mention the incense; I agree with you that the church is masterful in its employment of smokescreen. “Unable to police its staff/clergy” is a generous characterization on your part. This new report provides more examples than we already had of allegations of abuse being ignored up the hierarchy. This isn’t just a matter of some bad apples spoiling the bunch, it’s institutional indifference coupled with (again, like in America) the moving of abusers to different locations to protect them at the expense of children.

    As for moral bankruptcy, the Church lies about the efficacy of condoms. If just one person trusts the pope’s authority and contracts HIV for that, the pope bears a share of responsibility for the death.

    If you notice, I don’t call for the Church to repeal its rules about celibacy. They can ask whatever they want of their clergy. Doesn’t matter to me in the least.

    What does matter are the abuse, the lies, and the sanctimoniousness. The Church is just like any other human institution, except that it manages to evade the brunt of public scrutiny for evil, evil acts by invoking its devotion to its god.

    As for the millions (I think 1 billion) of Catholics who look to the Church: they should know better. America revolted against the British over tax policy. THIS IS RAMPANT CHILD MOLESTATION. I honestly don’t understand what’s controversial about what I have said.

  3. Barry permalink
    May 20, 2009 11:13 pm

    Love you too, though, Aar.

  4. Barry permalink
    May 20, 2009 11:13 pm

    Love you too, though, Aar.

  5. Barry permalink
    May 20, 2009 11:20 pm

    And wait a second. The ease with which you gloss over the historical atrocities is disturbing. Weren’t the Crusades enough? How about the Spanish Inquisition, based on the official teaching that the Jews bore collectively the guilt for Jesus’ death? Weren’t those enough to condemn the institution? Molestation and beatings of indigent children are just the icing on the cake.

  6. Aaron permalink
    May 21, 2009 2:51 am

    You just likened molestation and beatings to cake icing. YUM!

  7. Aaron permalink
    May 21, 2009 2:51 am

    You just likened molestation and beatings to cake icing. YUM!

  8. Barry permalink
    May 21, 2009 2:52 am

    You have to admit, they’re both deliciously decadent

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