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A survivor of clergy child sexual abuse speaks out for those who can't speak for themselves

Why Is Anyone Still A Catholic?

On the day the Egyptian people succeeded in ousting an oppressive and controlling  regime noted for abuse of power and human rights abuses, it is worthwhile to evaluate the refusal of ordinary Catholics to consider the consequences of their own selfish, mindless and cowardly support for the paedophile protecting Pope and his criminal mates.

Catholics the world over cannot continue to dismiss the widespread rape and torture of defenceless children by Catholic clergy as a case of  “bad apples” or “mistakes of the past”. They cannot remain unshakably convinced of their own blamelessness in their leaders’ crimes.

Or their own inability to effect change.

The brave people of Egypt are no longer embarrassed by their leaders’ behaviour. They have demonstrated clearly that their leader  is responsible to them and is in a position of power only because they allow it to be so.

At least 300 people died expressing disapproval for the actions and policies of the Egyptian Government of Hosni Mubarak.

Nobody expects that sort of sacrifice from the world’s Catholics.

But is it too much to ask that they say to their leaders, “I do not support you in this”?

The Catholic Church hierarchy has been exposed for the criminal organisation it has always been. It has been subjected to widespread public censure over its appallingly callous and frequently criminal response to the tsunami of child rape. It has issued a number of evasive PR “apologies” which blame everyone but themselves and avoid making any real changes.

In the light of the Catholic Church hierarchy refusing to change its structure, its policies, or its laws in any meaningful way that will protect children, deliver criminals to secular justice or promote healing for victims, it is up to ordinary Catholics to draw the line in the sand and refuse to co-operate.

Because if they are so cowardly, so threatened by criticism of what is undeniably evil and abhorrent, so concerned with their social standing and their familiar routines of bells and smells, so afraid that what they have clung to all their lives is unworthy of their support, that they do not say “I do not support you in this”, they are, in effect, saying, “It’s okay by me”.

And with that support, or lack of disapproval, the Catholic Church hierarchy will assume they can get away with it again, and will go back to business as usual. The business of all controlling and oppressive regimes. Exploiting the powerless for their own advantage.

So why is anyone still a Catholic?

I recently read an article with this title, and frankly, I couldn’t have expressed it better myself.

My favourite excerpt, and one which resonates so strongly with my personal experience of smug and vicious Catholics who knowingly protect a child abuser in their midst and enthusiastically participate in the conspiracy of silence to cover up the Church’s crimes and their own complicity, is below:

“I have to take a deep breath and ask you: Are you really prioritizing your own comfort over the rape of children?

Are those really and truly your priorities? Is it more important to you that you be soothed and comforted than it is to not participate in an institution that protects and conceals child rapists and actively enables them to keep doing it indefinitely? When you put the horror and the suffering and the ruined lives caused by child rape on one side of the balance — and the fact that you’re comforted by soothing rituals and pretty music on the other — do you honestly weigh those two considerations, and decide that your comfort comes out as the greater need?”

Of course there are plenty of other reasons why Catholics turn their backs on sexually abused children in their rush to support the regime which sacrifices innocents to protect some of the most breathtakingly despicable criminals ever to have drawn breath.

But none can excuse the fact that Catholics are enabling child rape to continue, as the author, Greta Christina, so eloquently expresses.

“As long as Catholics stay Catholics, no matter how repulsively evil the Church’s behavior becomes, no matter how many children get raped as a result of its institutional practices, then the Church is not going to change. It will have no reason to change. As long as Catholics continue to attend church, to donate money, to be counted in Church rolls, to send their children — their children! — to church and Catholic school for religious education and the perpetuation of Catholicism, then the Church will assume that it can do anything at all, with impunity. It will assume that it can… you know, I’m trying to think of an example of evil more grotesque and over-the-top than “protecting and concealing child rapists so they can go on raping children, just to protect the organization’s public image,” but I’m coming up short. It will assume that it can squander hospice donations on cocaine and hookers? Dump the Vatican’s sewage into the Rome subway system? Torture kittens in St. Peter’s Square? No. None of that is more grotesquely, over-the-top evil than protecting and concealing child rapists so they can go on raping children, just to protect the organization’s public image.

If you stay in the Catholic Church, even after this scandal, you are essentially telling them, “Go ahead and protect child rapists. I don’t care. As long as I personally get to keep taking Communion and go to Heaven when I die, whatever you do is hunky-dory with me. Your spiritual extortion — your indoctrination of the idea that I will be tortured with burning and fire for all eternity if I don’t drink your wine and eat your cracker — has worked. You can do anything at all that you like. You won’t hear a peep out of me.”

Is that really what you want to be saying?”

Read the full post.

And send a copy to your Catholic friends and relatives.

http://www.alternet.org/story/146760

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One response to “Why Is Anyone Still A Catholic?

  1. Jo M March 8, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Thank you for your courage, your ability to express yourself both emotionally and rationally, and for the quotes you included in this post. It’s the first time I read your blog and I ran into it while looking for others’ thoughts on how someone can still be a catholic while knowing about the Crusades and the Inquisition, or knowing about the canonization of Inquisition assassins like Pedro de Arbués and Saint Dominic. Together with the last years’ revelations of child abuse and its cover-up, how many instances in the Church’s history can someone dismiss as “isolated” and not representing the “official” religion?

    JM

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