The Catholic Church will continue its vicious policy which sacrifices innocent child victims and allows new children to be abused for as long as they are allowed to get away with it.
The Church hierarchy will continue to ignore calls to end the cover-up of systemic child abuse, confident in the knowledge that the Church has weathered occasional scandals such as this before and will far outlast those currently calling for their resignations.
There is only one group of people who can make Church leaders sit up and take notice – practicing Catholics.
Officials right up to and including Ratzinger himself are still catching up to the 20th century, and have little understanding of the 21st. So they have no idea that things have changed, radically, amongst real people including Catholics. They cannot imagine that large numbers of Catholics could be furious about the child sexual abuse epidemic. Furious enough to disobey the leaders who have allowed this problem to grow and fester – and who are used to, and still expect, unquestioning obedience from their flocks.
A Church leader with no followers, I mean absolutely nobody, is just a silly old man in a dress. Ordinary Catholics give their leaders legitimacy. Without you, they are nothing.
But your loyalty also gives their actions legitimacy. Whether you mean it to or not. So if you are turning up to mass and contributing to the collection plate, you are supporting child rapists to continue avoiding justice, continue raping children, and continue ignoring the needs of victims.
If practicing Catholics took personal responsibility for the abuse being perpetrated in their name and with their tacit permission, and en masse refused to hand over a single cent until this mess is dealt with properly, we would suddenly see a remarkable change.
All Catholics of conscience who are disgusted by this scandal need to take part in a campaign of civil disobedience against the Catholic Church until Bishops, Cardinals and the Pope start putting the needs of vulnerable children and damaged victims BEFORE the assets and reputation of the Catholic Church and the pride, career path and infallibility of its leaders.
Any Catholic that swallows the lies and the twisted morality of the Paedophile Protecting Pope is ultimately as guilty as he is. You have the power to stop this scandal in its tracks, and refusal to wield that power gives Catholic leaders the mandate to continue on their present criminal course.
You know what is going on. You know Ratzo and the Cardinals and Bishops are still covering it up. You know it is systemic and has been going on for centuries. You know they are not about to stop now just because of some temporarily bad media. You know they think you’ll shut up and do what they tell you because you leave your brain and your heart at the door of the Church and let these criminals dictate what you should think and how you should live your life.
Are you that kind of Catholic? You have to choose whether you are an enabler, or make your disapproval felt in the only way they understand or respect.