My Friday Take – Is It A Catholic Thing?
I know there are some hard-core Catholics out there and because of this, I apologize if this post rubs you the wrong way. I too was once a catholic and my family, especially my dear old granny, eats ,breathes and sleeps the Catholic religion.
Today, I read a disturbing article in which a cardinal, Roger Mahony, was relieved of his duties. That wasn’t disturbing but apparently, he had a long and tainted career of protecting the integrity, (what integrity?) of the church. He did this by protecting (aiding and abetting?) suspected pedophiles. One such suspect, a Mexican priest, is alleged to have molested 26 boys in a 10-month span! Mahony refused to turn over the list of the boys to police. Other accusations involved priests drugging the kids. These were the ‘men of God’ that the well-meaning Roger Mahony was protecting. As long as the church came up smelling like roses, who cares if a few kids were harmed right?
Let me lay it down for you, I know some good non-pedophile practicing Catholic Christians and I don’t want to paint them all with the same brush. What I do want to say is that I don’t think I would feel comfortable being a part of religion that has so much history of child sexual abuse. I know all religions and faiths have bad people who kill, rape, etc. but I don’t know of any other religion that has such a rampant and well documented history of criminal behavior against children. It’s almost like an organized crime for goodness sake! It’s like an embarrassment. Scratch that, it is an embarrassment to well-meaning Catholic Christians.
I have a question though. Why is the Catholic church plagued with so many allegations of child abuse world-wide? I have been in discussions where some think that it is because they are not allowed to marry. Well if this is true, shouldn’t they be out there molesting grown women? How does a child take the place of a missing wife? If I wasn’t allowed to marry, I think there are other legal and acceptable alternatives that I would engage in, not turn to little boys to fill my void.
And that’s it for my Friday’s take. Remember, it’s my opinion.
- Retired cardinal stripped of duties as child abuse files are released (guardian.co.uk)
- Retired Los Angeles cardinal punished over abuse revelations (religionnews.com)
- Los Angeles Catholic archdiocese releases priest abuse files (independent.ie)
- Cardinal Roger M Mahony removed from public life by LA Archbishop Gomez (irishcentral.com)