Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Friday, May 22, 2009 6:34 am

Suffer the children; or, Say it with me, kids: Continuing. Criminal. Enterprise.

Filed under: I want my religion back. — Lex @ 6:34 am
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The Roman Catholic Church’s sex-abuse scandal wasn’t confined to the United States:

DUBLIN — After a nine-year investigation, a commission published a damning report Wednesday on decades of rapes, humiliation and beatings at Catholic Church-run reform schools for Ireland’s castaway children.

The 2,600-page report painted the most detailed and damning portrait yet of church-administered abuse in a country grown weary of revelations about child molestation by priests.

The investigation of the tax-supported schools uncovered previously secret Vatican records that demonstrated church knowledge of pedophiles in their ranks all the way back to the 1930s.

Wednesday’s five-volume report on the probe _ which was resisted by Catholic religious orders _ (THERE’S a shock — Lex) concluded that church officials shielded their orders’ pedophiles from arrest amid a culture of self-serving secrecy.

“A climate of fear, created by pervasive, excessive and arbitrary punishment, permeated most of the institutions and all those run for boys. Children lived with the daily terror of not knowing where the next beating was coming from,” Ireland’s Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse concluded.

Victims of the abuse, who are now in their 50s to 80s, lobbied long and hard for an official investigation. They say that for all its incredible detail, the report doesn’t nail down what really matters _ the names of their abusers.

Of course it doesn’t. God forbid the Church hold its own accountable — and I’m talking to you, Pope Rat. A spiritual leader worthy of the name would direct the Church to devote its still-considerable resources to 1) trying to heal those it has harmed; 2) trying to hold accountable those responsible who may still be alive, in particular by turning all relevant records over to the law enforcement authorities with appropriate jurisdiction; and 3) abdicate and spend the rest of his life in seclusion.

That’s what an actual spiritual leader would do. What Pope Benedict is actually doing — i.e., nothing — is instructive.

UPDATE: Shorter Bill Donohue of the Catholic League: The Roman Catholic Church is the real victim. Go to hell, Bill.

1 Comment

  1. […] The pope says priests should blog. I think that’s a great idea, but I think they’ve got other things to do first. […]

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