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Problem Solved
by Lee

Once again the Catholic Church shows its dedication to children.

Just after the release on Friday of two long-awaited studies on the sexual abuse of children by more than 4,000 priests, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops declared with emphatic finality in a news conference that the bishops had faced the problem, come clean and swept the church of abusers.

“I assure you that known offenders are not in ministry,” the leader, Bishop Wilton D. Gregory of Belleville, Ill., said as he punched out his words. “The terrible history recorded here today is history.”

Tell that to the little boy who, even as a grown man, will always remember the taste of his priest’s semen in his mouth, or the searing pain, terror, and humiliation as the priest’s cock was rammed up his ass.  I write in these vulgar terms because they express the true essence of the act of a child being raped, and for a priest—a bishop!—to stand there and declare the problem to be “history” is nothing but the latest sign on just how morally repugnant the American Catholic leadership has become.

One report said that “there must be consequences” for the leaders who failed to stop the abuses and that the bishops should hold one another accountable in the future. That did not satisfy critics, who said the church was continuing to sidestep the most sensitive and intractable issues that the scandal had raised. ...

Kinda sounds like some left-wing anti-war anti-American asshat saying that, of course there must be consequences for Saddam Hussein defying UNSC sanctions for 12 years, but…

And why have most bishops not released the names of offending priests, many of whom are living unsupervised and anonymously in the civilian world as a result of the church’s new “zero tolerance” policy?

“What Catholics want to know is has there been a pedophile priest in my parish or in my school?” said Peter Isely, a psychotherapist in Milwaukee who is a board member of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. “The most useful information the bishops have they’re not giving us.”

Of course not.  That would require honesty, integrity, introspection, and a desire to confront the problem greater than the desire to protect their own asses.  The church leadership utterly, completely fails in every regard.  I’m absolutely disgusted.

Posted by Lee on 02/28/04 at 12:28 AM (Discuss this in the forums)


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