''Do not our hearts cry out, most especially, when our young people are subjected to debased or false expressions of love which ridicule the God-given dignity of every human person and undermine family interests?'' (Pope Benedict--January 24 2007) .
"Unless of course you are a Catholic priest who likes fucking children, in which case forget what I just said."
“I apologise to anyone who has been offended, who has been abused. It should not have happened, and it will not happen again”
So said Los Angeles Cardinal Mahony following a $660-million settlement that if approved will excuse the Cardinal from having to testify how the Church dealt with the pedophile sexual abuse of a number of its clergy over the course of several decades.
The Boston Archdiocese managed a similar deal in 2002, paying $157 million, also promising that such things would never happen again. Several European dioceses have made similar arrangements in recent years and similar announcements that such things will never happen again.
The Catholic Church sits in judgment on the morality not only of its parishioners, but on those of other faiths and on those of no faith. When it comes to its own actions however, none may fully judge but themselves and no matter the crime, secular or moral, they have the power of absolution and “forgiveness”—a ‘Get-Out of Jail and Eternal Damnation- card’ which they print themselves whenever the spirit and necessity moves them.
Across the world the Catholic Church has obstructed every investigation into the moral and secular crimes of its officers, given them sanctuary and maintained themin comfortable seclusion. If I recall correctly only two priests (in the US) in the last ten years have actually gone to jail—after being stoutly defended by the Church with not just full knowledge of their crimes but with significant culpability in them.
Whilst the actions of the individuals may be considered aberrant the actions of the Catholic Church are not. In every case they intimidate victims and witnesses, obstruct secular investigation and never even punish their own. When finally forced they make “amends” by bargaining with money---money they have acquired over the course at least 15 centuries that has been founded in moral and political blackmail. There is no corporation, publicly subscribed-to but privately held, that has been longer established than the Catholic Church.
According to the Catholics sex out of wedlock, abortion, and even prevention of pregnancy are all sins and what’s more should be publicly legislated as crimes in their view. But child-fucking by Catholic priests is apparently neither a sin nor a crime.
In the mortal world of secular law, child-fucking is a crime, as is the harboring of criminals, accessory to criminal acts and obstruction of justice. What’s more the institutionalization of such criminal acts is also a crime. The Catholic Church, in this regard, is a criminal organization.
And yet neither the Catholic Church as a whole, nor its criminal officers are held to proper account because of some kind of nebulous special status afforded to them.
The Catholic Church should be recognized for what it is; a political corporation that should be subject to the full range of secular laws and held fully accountable for their repeated violations.
And the whole fucking lot of them, including their adherents who attend Mass and buy their place in Heaven with their tithes and devotion and apologies should all go to Hell—not in the hereafter, but in the present, in prison.