Voiceless Victim

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

Why does the catholic church continue to abuse children?

Every now and then I come across a summary of the catholic church’s exploitation and abandonment of children that pulls it all together so accurately, or captures the horror of honest, ordinary people at the atrocities committed by the Church of Child Rape. When I respond to a piece of writing on this subject with, “I couldn’t have said it better myself”, I don’t try, but instead share the original.

Following is a long piece by an Australian survivor, John B, who has been fighting this battle for a long time, and clearly has an excellent grasp of what it is really all about. John tells me this piece is being used in protests in Ireland, where it has been reproduced as a poster.

It is reproduced in full, with John’s kind permission.

The toll taken on the global Catholic church through its failure to respond appropriately, justly and humanely to the victims of abuse is mounting on a daily basis. The clerical abuse, abuse by nuns and in its institutions through forced adoptions and the sale and trafficking of children and a litany of other crimes extending through to genocide and the theft of lands from Native peoples along with the abuse of trust by everyday parishioners in every diocese across the world who unanimously and consistently reject the victims and the reality of their stories and who go further in actively enacting, upholding and continuing a cover up of those crimes and its effects on our society must be held to account and be brought to justice for the sake of not only democracy but for the sake of all the children of the world. This criminal cover up throughout the catholic church continues unabated to this very day.
In the battle to hold on to their worldly possessions the church has expended many many billions of dollars and is quite willing to spend at that rate for however long it takes for the outrage of the world to subside. The only beneficiaries of the church’s largesse in this area of course are the law firms and their service providers whose best interest is served in maintaining this lucrative style of business and a similar income. The church has the resources to hold out at these or higher levels of spending for generations. It has also meagerly and begrudgingly paid out some victims though only sufficient to obtain a legal closure against further criminal action or liability; nowhere has it willingly made restitution at a similar rate for similar crimes to those dealt with in the courts. The church’s response shows clearly how little value it places on the well-being of fellow human beings and their right to justice and repair.
When the crime of child sexual abuse has been carried out with immunity in such a blatant manner and when it is shown to be on a global scale of horrifying dimensions yet governments and some politicians consistently fail to acknowledge the origins of these wholesale abuses against children. Few in the population of any country are unaware of these abuses and few are unaware of the toxic effects they have had and continue to have on our society.
When the perpetrators of horrible child crimes can be shown to be guilty at all levels throughout the church yet the church is unable to clearly identify the problem or to act on a particular area of its operations or dogma with any form of a structured, moral, ethical or best practice approach. It’s response is clearly a moral and social failure of global proportion.
Instead of progress, healing and restoration the world is left to the machinations of hundreds of sexually inadequate, misogynistic men who have repeatedly failed to address the issue in a mature, moral or ethical manner. How the church and its followers expect to solve the problem of the lack of justice and the moral and ethical failures it has forced onto our society in its failed response to the many millions of survivors of abuse at the hands of those the church educated remains a complete mystery to the church and to the world and as such will cause further disastrous harm to vulnerable children.
Too big to fail has been shown to be a myth in the case of the Catholic church and the child sex abuse cover up as there simply are too many everyday Catholics actively repressing knowledge of criminal events and actively shunning and repressing those who speak out about the abuses they have and are currently experiencing to be considered anything other than a failure. Too fractured and divided to survive may describe this more accurately.
Seen today by much of Christianity as a pariah church that is sexually and spiritually broken and dysfunctional to the core, where the chant of a few bad apples can never in any manner of reality describe the full horror of the systemic and endemic abuse of children and their rights at the hands of Catholics, their church and their church hierarchy across the entire planet. There is no greater social disease possible than the demand that the world’s population should follow the current example of the Catholic church and its followers.
The only means of survival for the Catholic church is to cling to its education holdings and its media spin and denial of a public platform for survivors so that it can attempt to continue to indoctrinate those it can; just as it has done in its past of covering up its crimes throughout its history.
In the battle for the hearts and the minds of the people the Catholic church has suffered the loss of dignity, status and power in the United States of America. They have lost the hearts of the populations in Canada, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and many more countries with more to come as more speak out.
In the battle of social media the inescapable roar of logic and reason and the ability for survivors to openly speak has driven religious groups into more and more closed communities willing only to engage with those similarly indoctrinated as to venture into the world of reason and logic simply brings them a swift and staggering defeat.
A growing number of followers have been forced to look further afield than their church for answers and an understanding of the scale and what has brought about this comprehensive global failure towards children endemic in their church and religion. On the Internet they find a bewildering volume of evidence that simply will not go away and in the meantime they swell the ranks of the atheists, agnostics and non-believers on a regular and consistent basis.
In fact the swell in numbers has been quite staggering as victims seek out and connect with other proactive survivors. For those who take the time to look into this world they begin to see exposed the world of entanglement of religion and all areas of community, health and policing. Not only in those areas but increasingly in our political systems – the very places where governments themselves became involved in these atrocities and today is involved in maintaining the status quo of religion through the manner in which it has developed and operates redress and support schemes and programs.
Christian groups, who themselves are dragged into the quagmire of child abuse and brought down by the failure of the church and through their association with the Catholic religion acts no differently today towards the survivors than they did only 5 and 10 years ago. The only things that have changed are the contents of the apologies. The same operations and thinking with a few cover up adjustments is still in operation just as it was when children were sold for a few pence for medical experimentation or sold to a needy Catholic family.
Politicians have attempted to remain aloof and detached from the reality of the harm this situation brings to society as they steadfastly refuse to acknowledge and to openly discuss the reality of the horror and the scale and the harm of its effects on the rest of the community in that they too suffer from the failures of our justice and health systems as they must if the church and the everyday Catholics who support it are to keep the truth of the failure of their God and their religion towards humanity a supposed secret. That secret is out; never to go back into the bottle.
The survivors stories clearly tells of their efforts and the volumes of insurmountable and undeniable evidence they have provided to both church and governments to no avail. A closer look clearly shows that party politicians will never address this issue unless the community demands it and no politicians will dare ask the community.
Neither Liberal nor Labor will offer the community a chance to have their say as to how the country should respond to these atrocities and crimes against humanity and subsequently all those in the community who have given their life and their labor to bring about reform in child welfare, child sex crimes, domestic violence and rape laws, reform in our courts along with all those who have toiled ceaselessly for reforms in the judicial and policing processes and those seeking advancement and reform in mental health practices, teenage suicide and so much more in the essential areas of life for families. All will continue to labor in vain while party politicians are willing to play smoke and mirrors with all or any other aspect of life except in the areas of child safety and protection, their rights and the rights of women.
The story of survivors is a much more positive one than many might imagine with real heroes and heroines and real survivors in plain sight. The good work of these many survivors is both vibrant and evident and stands in stark contrast to the harping of Catholics and their supporters to look at all the good work the church has done and is doing – the absence of religion is openly evident and is where Christianity constantly hemorrhages its damaged goods. The obvious lack of work by the church and its parishioners will always be measured against the stories of those speaking out and the many more supporting them and following their example.
One of the more intriguing observations is the amazing amount of relevant and helpful reference material distributed amongst survivors and the support they obtain from fellow survivors and non-believers.
The harsh reality message from survivors for both politicians and for the church hierarchy and church supporters is that it is only a matter of time before they are brought before an open forum similar to the Nuremberg trials at the end of World War II where the death penalty will be sought for those who knowingly conspired to defraud the population of their moral right to justice and redress in a child safe environment.

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One response to “Why does the catholic church continue to abuse children?

  1. Sean Irsach May 9, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Excellent read.

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