So, Pope Ratz er Palpatine er Benedict thinks the sexual abuse of children scandal is terrible.
Almost makes it sound like this is the first that he’s heard of it.
Not to mention, that it also sounds like what he’s calling terrible is the public part and not so much the sexual abuse part.
For a group that’s all about repentance – which requires admitting what you did and being sorry for it – the Vatican and it’s lackeys are very quick to blame everyone and not take any responsibility.
First, it’s the children’s fault for telling, then it’s a few bad priest, then it’s the few bad ones and some higher ups.
Now it’s all homosexuals – seriously. Here’s a clue:
- Homosexual men like other homosexual men.
- Pedophile like children – sometimes they like a specific gender and sometimes they like whatever child they can get.
Most pedophiles are heterosexual in their adult cover relationships and their child victims. Girls are molested in far greater numbers than boys, yet there’s always more outcry when boys are the victims.
Unless it’s by a hot female teacher – but I digress.
Plus adult to teen is very different than adult to child.
You also need to consider that the average pedophile molests 250 children over their “career” – and that’s not the motivated ones, just the average ones.
The job of the church is to expand it’s base and protect itself.
Yet somehow, protecting itself didn’t include identifying pedophiles early and getting rid of them. Trying to screen applicants and not hire them in the first place.
Many pedophiles probably joined thinking that they could be cured or at least kept from temptation – instead they found access to a steady stream of victims and protection.
I am not saying that there’s not gay priests – there’s a lot of estimates that the number of gay priests in the Catholic Church is higher than the general population – the Church was a place of last resort to avoid the social expectation of getting married – so many gays and lesbians joined – probably also hoping to be magically cured or at least, out of the eyes of suspicion.
But the portion of gay men who are pedophiles wouldn’t be any higher than the portion of straight men who are pedophiles. And again, many pedophiles focus on the child part first and gender secondly.
We are long past the time when the Church could pretend to be shocked – they have known for decades what was going on – and that there was a cover up all the way to the top ranks and top dude in the dress and pointy hat n shoes.
If the Catholic Church wants to retain any shred of claim to be a moral authority, then just accept the responsibility and starting writing cheques to the victims.
Don’t drag it through courts, don’t wait to be forced to apologize, just own it, pay for it, clean house and repair your internal processes.
Stop blaming other people – the men who did this were hired, trained, supervised and protected by the Church.