Hear that Huge Outcry?

Me neither.

About what?

A reader writes:

You might be interested in this.

I’m looking forward to all of the publicity this will garner in the major press outlets and the shrill outcry for investigation into who in the abortion industry knew and what did they do to cover it up. Also for links to be drawn between the evil of abortion and pedophilia, just as the scandal in the Church was used to attack celibacy, the all-male priesthood, traditional marriage, contraception, whatever sexual more stood in the way of a good time. I also believe the moon is made up of blue cheese.

Fake dudgeon on behalf of The Children is one of the first things they seem to teach at J school. Useful for attacking Christians, but of course nobody really cares when it’s a choice between, you know, *choice* and children. Our Manufacturers of Culture see the innocent more along the lines of “human shields” than as actual victims who matter no matter who is abusing them.

God, however, cares about them all the time–and he sees and does not forget. That’s not good news for the abusers or the bishops who covered it up. It’s also not good news for the trendy lefties who suddenly drop their fake dudgeon when the victim is no longer useful. The only way to make God forget such a sin is to repent.

Question: where, in our culture, are such things as repenting and asking for mercy and forgiveness of sin still permitted for discussion: in the corridors of power in DC or in a Catholic parish?

  • ivan_the_mad

    Ugh, what perversion. Given his connexions, I’d be interested to see the resulting sentence, although I remain conflicted on the use of entrapment.

  • http://davidgriffey.blogspot.com/ Dave G.

    I don’t think anyone can miss that folks used the abuse crisis to beat up the Church, for one reason or another. Still, outrage usually builds based not so much on this or that act of perversion, as much as the cover up. One need only watch the outcry against Penn State to see that. It’s not that a single person does some horrible thing that causes the outcry. But the outrage is reserved for times where there appears some level of systemic cover up. If there is more found out about cover ups, then we can ask where are the resulting links to things like abortion.

  • Mark R

    That paper is a conservative tabloid, however I did not detect any fake dudgeon.

  • Sus

    Discussion about repentance and asking for mercy and asking for sin forgiveness is permitted in both DC and the Catholic Parish. The criminal punishment aspect should be included or at least connected to the discussion.

    Sexually abusing children has nothing to do with celibacy, not allowing women priests, birth control or marriage. The bottom line is that it’s breaking the law no matter where it occurs.

  • Bob

    What’s fake here is the sanctimony of self-pity of our faithful blogger. The comparison between the creep in the linked article and the church is a false one.
    Here’s what we know:
    The Catholic Church engaged in a decades-long global conspiracy to protect child-rapists from exposure and prosecution. Its hierarchy covered up official documents, bullied and intimidated families who sought justice, and sent thousands of innocents into the hands of monsters.
    It held none of its hierarchy accountable for any of it. On the contrary, when it looked like Cardinal Law, it’s top man in the Abuser Protection Bureau, might actually face prosecution in Boston, it promoted him to a job in Rome so it could move him out of the country.
    These facts are not in dispute.
    But, hey, the church has learned its lesson. This never happens anymore. That bishop in Kansas City, who was convicted just a few months ago of exactly the same kind of coverup, even though that same bishop had previously agreed to an explicit plan on how to deal with allegations of abusive priests, and then broke that agreement the very first chance he got — and who is today still the Bishop of Kansas City? With no consequences whatsoever save for those meted out by civil authorities? Why, that doesn’t mean they’re lying when they said they learned their lesson. Nooo. Not all. Just an isolated incident. Move along, now.
    Yes, the real victim in all this is the Catholic Church hierarchy itself.
    The issue with the church is less the fact that some priests have turned out to be monsters than the fact that the church hierarchy knows about its monsters and has decided that the best plan is to protect the monsters rather than their victims. (And yes, I’m using present tense.)
    As for this Swirling creep: he is a pervert and a monster who got caught, and I hope he goes to jail for the rest of his life. He was not, so far as we know, being protected by any of the organizations he worked for.
    So it is the comparison that’s fake, not the dudgeon. I can’t speak for anyone else but my own dudgeon is deeply felt.

    • Bill

      Read the friggin post for Pete’s sake… Mark is NOT ABSOLVING ANYONE in the Church

      I’m utterly exhausted reading these think pieces from commenters who have nothing but disdain for the Church and who just cherry pick everything.

      • Bob

        He’s clearly drawing a comparison between the the church scandal and this situation.
        The point is: ‘Hey, look, some people who are not priests are also pedophiles. Where’s the outrage about THAT, hypocrites?’ Thus the “fake dudgeon.” As if the outrage was caused only by the fact that some priests are pedophiles and not by the massive coverup of this fact.
        So, no, he’s not absolving anyone. He’s arguing that those of us who claim to be outraged are just haters, and hypocrites, unless we are equally outraged by every organization that ever employed or otherwise associated with anyone who was later found to be a pedophile.
        I’m calling BS on that argument.

        • Mark Shea

          No. I’m perfectly cognizant of the fact that there are people out there who recognize that these evils remain evil no matter who does them and who do not treat children as human sheilds for ideological agendas. But I am also cognizant of the fact that our Manufacturers of Culture very often *do* mute their coverage when the victimizer is the Right Sort. So yeah: reading comprehension fail on your part.

          • Bob

            I may have been confused since the linked article offers no evidence of your thesis that our “Manufacturers of Culture very often *do* mute their coverage when the victimizer is the Right Sort.”
            It’s not clear why the media is supposed to cover this guy more extensively than any other child predator who gets caught in one of these stings. Because he worked for a family planning organization 10 years ago?

            • Mark Shea

              Yes. Because he worked for a family planning org for 10 years. He’s the right sort. So was Roman Polanski.

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  • Will

    Being moved from a major metropolitan see to a ceremonial post in Rome is a “promotion”?
    If it happened to someone the liberal apparat approves of, we would be told that he was “kicked upstairs”.

    • Mark Shea

      You seem to lack reading comprehension skills.

      • Will

        You mean, that when someone says Law was “promoted”, I think he is saying that Law was promoted?

        • Mark Shea

          I was not referring to you.

        • Bob

          Yeah, he meant me.
          As for your question, Will, I’m fine with saying Law was “kicked upstairs” instead of promoted. Whatever. The point is, he should have been getting three hots and a cot at Walpole, not a cushy gig in Rome.

          • Mark Shea

            On the whole, I prefer living in a world where the justice system metes out the justice and the Church focuses on mercy. It is we laypeople–the ones who run the police, courts, and prisons, who decided not to put him behind bars. I’m not going to complain when John Paul shows his customary willingness to forgive and offer him some ceremonial post somewhere. I think thirsting for a Church eager to punish and condemn is… wrong-headed. The guy is gone from his post in Boston. Good enough for me.

            • Sus

              Mark, I mostly agree with you about justice and mercy. I have to say though that forgiving is much different than accepting. Law may be gone from Boston, but like a bad smell, he still lingers.

              The officials at Penn State have been fired. Those people will not hold any kind of job or ceremonial post at Penn State ever again. It’s my perception that people expected the same thing to happen to Bernard Law. It was shocking that he was still welcome in Church in any capacity besides a layperson.

  • Michaelus

    Well what about the two men who pretend to be married who adopted 9 boys and were then arrested for sexually abusing them? This happened a year ago and got almost no coverage. Recently it appears the two “fathers” will accept a plea, serve no jail time and not even have to register as sex offenders. Tell me once again how we give a damn about children.

    http://southwindsor.patch.com/articles/no-contest-plea-for-local-couple-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-adopted-children

  • obpoet

    Just how far into the vortex of the downward spiral we are is hard to estimate.


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