The Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese agreed to settle charges of child molestation for $ 660 million yesterday. It is difficult to put into words what a tragedy this represents. Buggering children is pretty low but doing it under the pretense that you are doing this with God’s ok is really low life. If that were not enough, the church officials covered up each incident and developed a pattern of transferring offending priests from one diocese to another. What does this say to you?
1. What was Cardinal Roger Mahoney thinking? Did he think that he could buy time indefinitely? Did he think that because the victims were children they would forget about it? Where was the man’s sense of goodness and justice? Did he get advice from Rome?
2. If the fine Cardinal would act this way towards real human “life”, do you think you can trust him when he advises against contraception, birth control, and abortion?
3. What do you think of the company called the Roman Catholic Church and its brand image and value? Do you associate it with compasion, respect for human dignity, and doing the right thing? Would you invest in such an institution?
4. Where will the money come from? Insurance will pay only about 1/2 so does the church think that parishioners will gladly pick up the rest?
There is a sickness in the Catholic Church. It is a sickness that comes with old age and immediately precedes death. The church is calcifying and has dementia. The Pope has time to issue cautions on Darwinism, revive the Latin Mass, and point out gratuitously to all protestant faiths that they are not genuine. While Rome is literally burning, the priest go on buggering and the local churches go on paying hush money.
Celibacy and male only priest are two rules that must change if the institution of the Roman Catholic Church is to remain a viable force. I would offer the idea that it is not necessary for the Catholic Church to survive but when there is a need (demand), supply of a product seems to always follow. Mankind seems unable to handle alone the big questions of life and feels more comfortable following the dictates of some authority. The Catholic Church has got the aura of authority. The priest and higher ups all have fancy robes and purport themselves like authority (you know, they speak for God).
At the end of the day, these Catholic Priest who were the perpetrators, were not the only bad people in our lives. Child molesters are all around. It is simply that you hold a priest to a higher standard. Well most people do but apparently not Cardinal Mahoney.
Finally, a word to the 2008 Presidential candidates. You would be well advised to put that heavy leather covered Bible back in the closet. If you wish to attend church services no matter what the specific faith, do so but don’t pander to the press like George Bush about how religious you are. The way you lead your life says much more.