Father Peter Searson was the fifth pedophile priest sent by a loving god to the same community in Australia. The community wanted him gone after 2 years. They wrote letters but suffered his child abuse for 11 more years!
If this were a secular organization, the police would have been called, and all the customers would have left. No excuses. Zero tolerance.
But because this is religion, people stayed int he flock and continued to expose their own children to sexual and physical abuse.
Did they think almighty god will fix it (though he seemed to have elected not to fix it)? Or this was all meant to be, as part of god’s mysterious plan? God sent 5 pedophile priests to create 35 years of hell inside his holy church. Is this divine experiential learning?
Religion does appear to retard critical thinking, leading to apathy and poor decision-making. I guess if you were the sheep, you have no options other than follow the shepherd quietly. As helpless sheep, you would look to him to fix everything. And if he wanted you to touch his penis, well, god must want that too.
Sure, you could argue that this is just one bad shepherd. But this community has had a string of FIVE bad shepherds. What are the chances? They tolerated 5 abusers and wrote whinging letters and kept going to and giving money to that church! It is more likely that the political/financial system that is the catholic chutch is corrupt and toxic. Which then comes back to – why would the congregation not leave? What atrocity would it take for believers to move to a different religion, or stop believing altogether?
This is the stupidity that can come from blind belief. Atrocities will be rationalized away. When reality is too hard, retreat to denial, mental gymnastics and hamster logic.
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