The catholic church, in it’s ongoing nambla impersonation, has released a study on sexual abuse in the catholic church which concludes that only 22% of so-called “pedophile” priests were actual pedophiles. They did this by defining pedophilia as molesting someone ten or younger, because 55% of the molestation cases were 11-14 year olds. So apparently raping an 11 year old boy is what, a hobby?
I was thinking about making the title of this blog: “Eleven: New Age Of Consent In The Catholic Church.”
The study is here. I also liked how they referred to it as the sexual abuse “crisis” (in quotes). The study’s conclusion? They blamed the free love of the 60’s and 70’s.
I was talking about this the other day with someone, and as someone who thinks about why people do what they do a lot, I’ve been puzzling over the behavior of the leadership of the catholic church for years. At first I thought they were just insane (and to be fair I kind of still do). For awhile I entertained the idea that they were all just fucking kids – why else would they cover it up? But I think I’ve finally worked out what’s going on. The catholic church is sacrificing whatever moral high ground it could have in order to try to protect it’s moral authority. The idea that the pope and bishops and cardinals are somehow infused with jesusyness and have god’s divine authority to dictate morality in his name. If it gets out that priests and bishops and cardinals can be (and often are) just as fucked up and flawed as any other group of people, then the catholic church stops being this great big thing ordained by god himself and set apart from all the other churches, and becomes just another fallible human institution like congress or wallmart. Thus the screwed up priorities.
The thing is though, that popes have had mistresses. Popes have been murderers. And I don’t mean just during the inquisition – the borgias for instance were a powerful and very evil european family, one of which was a pope. They were known mainly for cruelty and their favorite method of killing people – poison.
Being a pope doesn’t mean you won’t be a scoundrel, nor does being a priest, president or anything else. The catholic church, like every other human institution, is only as good as we make it. And they haven’t really been doing a bang up job for the last… well, 15 centuries or so to be honest.