The Catholic Church as Moral Arbiter

Posted: March 2, 2016 in Catholicism
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Catholicism graphic from The American Heretic's DictionaryWhile perusing yesterday I found a link to an AP story, “Grand Jury: 2 bishops hid sex abuse of hundreds of children.” It contains the following paragraphs:

In a practice seen in other dioceses, the bishop created a “payout chart” to help guide how much victims would receive from the church, the report said. Victims fondled over their clothes were to be paid $10,000 to $25,000; fondled under their clothes or subjected to masturbation, $15,000 to $40,000; subjected to forced oral sex, $25,000 to $75,000; subjected to forced sodomy or intercourse, $50,000 to $175,000.

Clergy abuse scandals are not new to the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.

Sickening, yes. But also typical. Elsewhere, the AP article informs readers that American Catholic Dioceses have paid out “nearly $4 billion since 1950” to settle sexual abuse cases. Then consider that the total should be even higher: a dozen U.S. Catholic dioceses have declared bankruptcy in order to stiff survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

And this deeply perverted Dark Age institution still has the unmitigated gall to claim moral authority. It still arrogantly passes judgment on the sexual practices of consenting adults.  And its minions still use the coercive powers of the state, wherever they’re able, to intrude into the private lives of everyone.

Those decent people who still support this sick, authoritarian institution should be ashamed of themselves. By staying in it, they provide cover for the pedophiles and those who hide the pedophiles’ crimes.

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For perhaps the ultimate comment on this matter, check out the short film, Louis CK learns about the Catholic Church.

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