I freely admit that's an ugly, sensationalistic title, but what an interesting coincidence that two reports on child molestation by Catholic priests were released today, just two days after Mel Gibson's deeply "Catholic" bloodbath of a film about the last 12 hours of Christ's life was set loose upon the land.
I wonder if there is any connection whatsoever between the conservative Catholic theological elevation of the Passion (the bloody torture and execution of Jesus) over the Resurrection (wherein His divinity was made manifest and believers' salvation confirmed) and the statistics released today revealing that AT LEAST (with 14% of precincts not reporting) 4% of Catholic priests have been accused of molesting children since 1950 - not that I have any idea what that connecton might be.
And then there's that whole celibacy, anti-marriage thing, which, logic would seem to dictate, would tend to attract more than its share of men who don't like women ANYWAY, and a goodly number who don't even like adults.
While I am repelled by an obsessive emphasis on the bloody death of Christ over His teachings of love, forgiveness, and redemption (and the Church seems to have no problem with that), I am also gratified and encouraged that the Church finally had the courage and fortitude to make its dirty laundry public, and to at least appear to be willing to genuinely address the monumental problem of spiritual leaders - conduits between God and man in the Catholic tradition - taking advantage of their station to ruin the lives of their most vulnerable charges.
You can be sure these particular fishers of men are glad I am not God, as I would condemn the fuckers straight to hell - do not pass Go - along with the bishops who enabled their crime sprees with full knowledge that the lives of innocents were at stake.
- More than 10,600 children said they were molested by priests since 1950 in an epidemic of child sexual abuse involving at least 4 percent of U.S. Roman Catholic clergy, two studies reported on Friday.
The reports' release brought an apology from Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and complaints from victims that the reports focus on the actual abusers but not on the bishops who failed to stop them.