Why Is Anyone Still Catholic?


For any Catholics who might be reading this, I have a question for you:

Why are you still Catholic?

Presumably, I don’t have to tell you about the rash of child-rape scandals in the Catholic Church. I don’t have to tell you about the cover-ups, the shielding of child rapists in the priesthood from law enforcement, the deliberate shuttling of child-raping priests from town to town to protect them from exposure — thus enabling them to continue raping children. I don’t have to tell you about the Church using remote, impoverished villages as a dumping ground for priests who raped children. I don’t have to tell you that this wasn’t a few isolated incidents: it was a widespread, institutional practice, authorized by high-level Church officials. Including Cardinal Ratzinger — now Pope Benedict XVI — who, among other actions taken to protect child-raping priests, delayed the dismissal of a child rapist in the priesthood… for the “good of the universal Church.”

And presumably, I don’t have to tell you about the Church’s response as this scandal has been exposed. I don’t have to tell you that, overwhelmingly, they have stonewalled, rationalized, deflected blame. I don’t have to tell you about the Church’s, “Come on, the kids weren’t that young, most of them were over 11” defense, or their, “Hey, everyone else is doing it” defense. I don’t have to tell you how they’ve equated the accusations against the Church with anti-Semitism. I don’t have to tell you how they’ve blamed the child-rape scandal on gays, the media, the Devil , even the rape survivors themselves. (No, really. From the Bishop of Tenerife: “There are 13-year-old adolescents who are underage and who are perfectly in agreement with, and what’s more wanting it, and if you are careless they will even provoke you.”) I don’t have to tell you that the Church is opposing a measure extending the statute of limitations on child rape. I don’t have to tell you about the Pope’s dismissal of the child-rapist-protection accusations as, quote, “petty gossip.”

And I’m just focusing on the child rape scandal. I’m not even talking today about the other recent scandals in the Church: the gay prostitution ring, the Church banning the use of condoms in Africa to prevent the spread of AIDS, the rape of nuns by priestsand the ignoring/ concealment thereof.

If these scandals had taken place in any organization other than a religious one — would you still be part of it?…....READ FULL ARTICLE 

3 responses to “Why Is Anyone Still Catholic?

  1. It lives ! Good to see you ‘on deck’ and dealing with the Politically Incorrect in your usual inimitable style. oldephartteintraining is still on the go – morphing to fit circumstances. http://opitslinkfest.blogspot.com/2009/06/opit-online.html

  2. Great summary.

    The answer to that question:

    They are cowards. They refuse to stand up for what is right over what is acceptable to the Catholic Church, even when their own children have been sexually abused.

    They are brain dead. The Catholic Church distorts the brains of its mindless adherants from a young age so that they cannot think for themselves and cannot see the evil and hypocrisy in everything the Catholic Church does.

    They are superficial and hypocritical. They are trained to value appearances over reality, bells and smells and ritual over compassion and love for their fellow man.

    Whatever the reason, they cling to the familiarity and comfort of a criminal organisation telling them what to do and what to think, rather than stand on their own two feet, make up their own minds and face their own mistakes and complicity.

    The Catholic Church – the refuge of the mindless and the heartless.

    see http://www.voicelessvictim.wordpress.com for the view of the child sexual abuse cover up from the inside.

  3. none of us are blogging anymore … facebook/twitter have killed us all …

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