I suppose I could have just as easily found this at CNN, but I found it over at Crooks and Liars. A Pennsylvania Grand Jury has levied charges that over 300 pedophile priests were protected, accounting for over 1000 victims.
Look, this is the same old “few rotten apples” argument that the Church and it’s members have been saying for years, and it’s a bullshit defense. Now, I’m willing to say ALMOST ALL members of the Catholic Church are not pedophiles, AND condemn pedophilia.
However, it is now become quite clear that the Catholic Church’s management has engaged in and codified in policy the systematic, routine processing of pedophilia complaints in a manner that is both illegal and harmful. No other organization on the planet, no other company, no other corporation, could survive from such a disgusting practice. If Coca-Cola, as a point of policy, regularly protected managers that were having sex with employee’s children it would go bankrupt from lawsuits. If Disneyland had an internal memo detailing how child raping ride operators were to be moved to Disney World and given a Pluto costume, the entire brand would go the way of the dodo.
Yet here sits an organization that is WORSE than those examples I just gave. Pedophiles were given assignments working directly with children and their actions covered up. These actions were not taken by a single embarrassed mid-level manager, they were discussed and codified organization wide. The Catholic Church is a corrupt, criminal organization, and this is demonstrable proof.
Now that the fact is laid bare, I wish to also note that the only reason the Catholic Church survives is because it enjoys a special status- it is the holder of a really old superstitious belief.
Yes, we live in a world where stupid superstitious beliefs are somehow treated as important, and the organizations that claim to be heirs to that stupid belief are given a LARGE leeway in how they conduct their business. The direct result- again for emphasis- THE DIRECT RESULT of this ridiculous unbalance in logic is tens of thousands of victims. And the victims are, you know, the people the Church claims to care so much about. It’s bad enough that the church is two-faced, but now the pew-fillers are forced to take sides as well. Thus, the indirect result of the Catholic two-face is normal Catholics that are engaged in denial and cognitive dissonance on a daily basis. This is not healthy.
And of course, let’s not forget that God is almost assuredly just a fairy tale. Even if a god is real, Bible God is demonstrably made up. So millions of people are acting like abused spouses: Ignoring the abuse and accepting the “nice” even though it is superficial and meaningless. Let’s just call it like it is. Let’s change the name of the Catholic Church to “The Organization of Made-Up Reasons to Give Us Money So We Can Rape Children And Get Away With It.” At least it would be honest…
The Spartan Atheist