Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Pope is Coming...The Pope is Coming!

by expatbrian

Yeah, and I for one am barring the doors and windows and keeping the children locked inside for the duration.
The Church commissioned a study that found 10,667 people accused 4,392 priests of child sexual abuse from 1950 to 2002.
And that doesn't include the illicit probing, touching and wanking that's been going on behind rectory doors for the last 6 years. If this isn't all disgusting enough, reports show that More than 17 percent of accusers had siblings who were also allegedly abused. Among accusers, 46.9 percent said they had been abused numerous times. No wonder the church prohibits birth control. Big families means more easy pickin's for the priests.

Why is the Catholic Church finally willing to take this problem seriously? Is it because they have suddenly found a little morality? NOT. It's because after $2 billion dollars in settlement claims they just cannot afford it anymore.

Bill Maher posed an intriguing comparison on his show last night. What if these cases of abuse and molestation were coming from a big Day Care chain instead of the church? What would happen to the perpetrators and the head of that company? They would be thrown in jail ofcourse and become bugger fodder for the other inmates. But because it is the "high and mighty" church, priests are simply reassigned and settlement money is quietly paid.

Reuters has a good timeline of the major church incidents here and take a look at Maher's take on it last night. He also compares it to the recent child abuse allegations coming out of Texas. Oh,and for heavens sake, don't forget to lock up the children.

cross posted at World Gone Mad

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Indecency, lying bastards, religion.

How certain things go together. Even when the shameless shamans aren't buggering the boys, they're taking away the joy of life for as many as they can, frightening innocent people with their godawful deities ane making everything good seem dirty.

9:30:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I have to admit I kind of admire the guy for refusing to have dinner with Bush though.

5:16:00 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I condemn the church for failing to react quickly (and openly) in dealing with these horrible cases, but my faith is important to me and church has played an important role in my life. For every bad church leader, there is an equally good, inspiring and selfless leader trying to get the messages of love, forgiveness and redemption out to the world. I hope people remember not to judge all churches and all Christians in the same bad light.

5:58:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Good point Kathy. There are good Christians out there. Sometimes we forget because the bad ones get all the attention.

8:54:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

There are more good non-Christians I would think.

The argument that the relentless and consistently bloody deeds of the Church over the last 17 centuries can be written off as the misdeeds of a few is unsupportable in light of the intrinsically anti-Jewish nature of it's founding documents and it's relentless persecution of non-Christians, Christians of a different viewpoint, advocates for democracy, freedom of thought and speech and even scientists. The very least charge I could level at any Churchman is accessory to the crimes and I would challenge anyone to show my an instance in history when the Church of Rome has stood, in deed or word, for anything but persecution.

9:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have not and am not attacking Christians, nor do I attack Jews, Muslims or any other members of particlular faiths. I attack the institutions that control them, force them to live by rules that are often archaic at best and horrific at worst. I attack those who run those institutions at the high levels for perpetuating those rules and insisting that the masses of followers who support the institution must live by those rules even though the masters do not.
I understand that ones faith can be very comforting and I am also aware that churches, especially local community churches may be of benefit to those communities. But to follow these rules through blind faith, even when they go against common sense and are unhealthy is absurd.
Example: The ban on birth control, especially in the poor, developing countries. This isn't just a bad rule, its insane.

7:11:00 PM  

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