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The Pope is Guilty, but What About the Average Churchgoer?

March 15, 2010

What’s the difference between NAMBLA and the Catholic Church?

NAMBLA doesn’t believe ridiculous shit about crackers.

And that, my friends, is pretty much it.  The latest Catholic sex abuse  scandal goes right to the top

In 1980, the future pope reviewed the case of Father Hullermann, who was accused of sexually abusing boys in the Diocese of Essen, including forcing an 11-year-old boy to perform oral sex…In June 1986, the priest was convicted of sexually abusing minors and given an 18-month suspended sentence with five years of probation, fined 4,000 marks and ordered to undergo therapy.

So what has Hullerman been up to for 30 years? His priestly duties. Teaching kids. Probably raping some of them.

Name another organization -I’ve tried, but can’t do it- that could possibly withstand a neverending succession proved instances of protecting its leadership’s ability to rape children. For Christ’s sake, bars are repeatedly raided, fined, and closed down for serving alcohol to consenting adults below the drinking age. Matthew 7 doesn’t begin to describe the hypocrisy at play in a society that sees bars shut down while child raping churches thrive.

The one thing I am starting to believe about the Church is that some degree of complicity can be found in its pews. The faithful tolerate this narrative every time it comes around without providing a good reason not to be tarred with the moral failure. Shame on the molestors, shame on those who have covered it up, and shame on those whose money and devotion keeps the wheels turning.

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