Update: 2010-03-25. Since I wrote this diatribe, further documented scandals have been revealed in Germany, South America, Holland, Austria and again in the United States. How this can be anything but sanctioned institutional behaviour is beyond me. It’s past time. Stop treating these institutions as moral arbiters or as having any more right to tell us what to do than secular institutions. They don’t believe in punishment for sins; why should you?
One thing is clear in the latest scandals involving the Catholic Church and its stance of tolerance towards paedophilia: They believe there is no god. There is no way that an organisation can support the rape of children in its care with such nonchalance and still uphold a belief in hell or purgatory. No-one fearing an afterlife of torment, fire and brimstone would threaten parents of abused children into silence or would simply move a child-rapist from one hunting ground to another, over and over.
Now don’t get me wrong, I agree with the Church that god is a fictional construct, but there’s no way I’d rape little boys because of it. The religions of the world will tell us we need an almighty being watching over us to ensure we were morally just and honest, but given this recent proof of the Catholic Church’s complicity in covering up institutional child abuse, and its underground railway of pedophile priests, it’s come to the point where the moral high road has well and truly been conceded to the secular. In a country where it’s illegal to say nasty things about god, it’s perfectly acceptable to rape children in his name.
Apologies for the lack of documentation and analysis of the facts and figures, but this one was a little too ugly to be kind with. Read The BBC for proper journalistic reporting.
“The Church authorities failed to implement most of their own canon law rules on dealing with clerical child sexual abuse. This was in spite of the fact that a number of them were qualified canon and civil lawyers.”
Hey, Pope, it’s time. Just admit you’re wrong and that, like with the Spanish Inquisition, the Catholic Church is sometimes the largest force for evil in the world. Terrorists? Yeah, they’re bad, but they just kill you; they don’t rape your children. And Ireland, how’s those blasphemy laws looking now? You really want to be seen to be protecting these fucktards?