I challenge any Catholic to watch this and still go to church, give to the church, (or even continue to pray to the catholic god) with a clear conscience. If you can, you are very good at compartmentalization and denial.
George Pell, the third most powerful catholic clergy, and already convicted of all charges of child abuse in late 2018, is about to face trial again in March 2019 for another set of child abuse allegations.
How long will it be when the allegations go all the way up to the pope himself? Will he suddenly retire for “health reasons” like his predecessor?
The catholic church is broken. We need to treat it like we treat any other organisation found to have committed, covered up, and perpetuated the most heinous crimes. It needs to be shut down and its assets seized.
But instead, we see them continually being pandered to. We see secular governments kow-towing to their practices. They may well believe in the sanctity of their confessional practices. But that doesn’t matter when it is used to cover up crime. They are no more special than any one else in society.
Of course not every catholic is evil. But if you continue to support an evil organisation, what does that say?
Because there is no greater morality than absolving yourself of all responsibility for your actions.
Since the Devil made them do it, then there is nothing the church or anyone else can do about anything. It must also therefore be God’s plan. The fucked-up logic is gobsmacking. That, or their God is an asshole that enables child rape.
The former chancellor of the St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese, Robert Carlson, said under oath that he “wasn’t sure if he knew that it was illegal for priests to have sex with children.” This comes after he admitted to protecting predator priests when he was chancellor of the archdiocese in the 1980s.
The Catholic Church can no longer claim any moral superiority.
Read more at: https://ascienceenthusiast.com/archbishop-says-he-wasnt-sure-if-it-was-a-crime-for-priests-to-rape-children/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=aSE&utm_campaign=09102018
newly minted Mexican Cardinal has suggested that victims who accuse priests should be “ashamed” because they too have skeletons in their own closets. Those who “accuse men of the Church should [be careful] because they have long tails that are easily stepped on,” said Cardinal Sergio Obeso Rivera
Catholic League President Bill Donohue engages in semantics and mental gymnastics to minimise Pennsylvania rapist priests scandal:
Fact: This is an obscene lie. Most of the alleged victims were not raped: they were groped or otherwise abused, but not penetrated, which is what the word “rape” means. This is not a defense—it is meant to set the record straight and debunk the worst case scenarios attributed to the offenders.
That’s right, folks. Nothing to see here. All perfectly normal for thd Catholic church. Just keep them donations coming.
“Priests were raping little boys and little girls” – A long awaited report finds over 300 predator priests sexually abused over a 1,000 children in Pennsylvania.
… “systematic” coverup effort by church leaders over 70 years.
… Most of the victims were boys; but there were girls too. Some were teens; many were pre-pubescent. Some were manipulated with alcohol or pornography. Some were made to masturbate their assailants, or were groped by them. Some were raped orally, some vaginally, some anally. But all of them were brushed aside, in every part of the state, by church leaders who preferred to protect the abusers and their institution above all.
More here http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2018/08/report-over-300-predator-priests-more-than-1000-child-victims-in-pa/
How can anyone in good conscience continue to support the catholic church as an institution? To continue to attend services pretending all is well? To give money to them that will be used to cover up such crimes and pay off victims?
The far right christians in the US love to paint themselves as self-righteous and moral far above everyone else. They love to judge and condemn others from their “family values” platform.
People who sit on hollow rickety platforms should not cast judgements. Look at the map above – the US and Saudi Arabic are the only two nations worldwide that allow children as young as 9 to be married. 9!
If we look at US states below, the majority of US states have no age floor on marriage. In these states, you could legally marry a baby. And unsurprisingly most of these are in the bible belt, where “think of the children” is often heard. Doesn’t this put a creepy spin on the phrase.