Call Me A Bad Catholic, But I Agree With John Zmirak

Amen to what The Most Interesting Man in the World says. This may come as no surprise to long-time readers of YIMCatholic, but to newcomers, maybe. Let me allow John Zmirak, author of The Bad Catholic’s Guide series of books to explain the meme above.

Say it ain’t so!

In light of the cold, documentary proof that has emerged of retired L.A. Cardinal Roger Mahony conspiring to hide pedophiles from the cops, I’d like to share the relevant section from The Bad Catholic’s Guide to the Catechism. In a just world, mine would be one of the books Mahony would be reading in a very small cell at Alcatraz.

Q: So I’m guessing that bishops’ policies toward priestly sex abuse don’t partake of infallibility?

Tragically, they don’t. It’s important that faithful Catholics not blow smoke up their own skirts, or pretend that the scandal that erupted in 2002 and has dragged on for another ten years was somehow invented or exaggerated by anti-Catholic journalists. In this case, and perhaps this case alone, those anti-Catholic journalists were doing their jobs and thank God for them. (Did the Hebrew prophets thank God for the Assyrians?) While only a tiny percentage of priests—no higher than occurs in other groups that deal with young people—proved to be offenders, The Dallas Morning News documented that year the fact thattwo-thirds of U.S. bishops were involved in cover-ups of sex abuse. Most of those bishops are still in place, and only one (far from the worst) Cardinal Bernard Law, was forced out of office for this kind of blatant disregard for the safety and souls of children. The rest will retire in peace, and go off to play golf until they meet their eternal reward. (So will the many prosecutors and cops who refused to investigate parents’ complaints.) Which just goes to show that the pope’s day-to-day decisions aren’t infallible, either.

Another unspoken, tragic aspect of the sex abuse crisis is the negligence of prosecutors. That is the only explanation why at least a few of those faithless shepherds aren’t wearing their proper garb: bright prison orange.

Read the rest.

It would be a worthy work of Corporal Mercy to visit them in jail, you know. And while we’re on the subject, might I add that nowadays, whether you are a layman, religious, or a member of the clergy, your first call, if you happen upon criminal malfeasance, should be to the police.  Seriously.  Call the cops first, then notify the bishop.

You see, it’s like I said long ago. Serious people with guns and badges looking for bad guys tend to get things done a little quicker than the average bureaucracy.

 

  • Sus

    “only one (far from the worst) Cardinal Bernard Law, was forced out of office for this kind of blatant disregard for the safety and souls of children. ”

    Although Law may have been forced from office, he was set up pretty good in Rome with his ceremonial post.

    I’d love to know why the powers that be aren’t all over the media denouncing these people and child abuse. I’ll never understand the silence. There have been tiny statements here and there but nothing that could help us heal.

  • David

    No, I do not think that clerics should get jail time for their perceived passivity when it came to sexual abuse of minors. It is not only a slippery slope to have this responsibility thrust on the clerics it is also detrimental on all society to be charged with a policing responsibility to incriminate people whom are suspected of being child molesters. Ultimately it is a secularist attempt to infiltrate the Church in order to have the Church answer to the State. I think I am justified in this observation given the Obama administrations first amendment overreach regarding the HHS contraceptives mandates instituted just last year in which the Church is currently in court trying to overturn. It is also evident in the fact that in every other situation there is this howl of Church State separation except under these circumstances. It is evident in the fact that where Catholic Charities refused to place children in the homes of gay couples they have lost their license to place them at all. If we as a nation are so concerned with the welfare of children why do we have abortion on demand in this country? Why do we place children in the homes of homosexual couples? You also have to look at pedophilia from a historical perspective. Since 400 AD to around 1969 in England the legal age of consent to marry a girl was twelve. In the era of Cicero in Rome ‘rent boys’ were perfectly legal and customary. There are statues that still exist that show Roman soldiers with curly head little boys impaled on the soldiers penis. Today, we tend to forget that it is only the Church that teaches us it is unholy to engage in this kind of promiscuity. For many people in many parts of the world it is still a staid way of life. What are we really going to do, turn millions of people into prison? Are we going to turn in our family members? Who are these ‘good people’ that want to make this judgment on this human predilection? That wouldn’t be the same people promoting ‘gay-marriage’ now would it? How does ‘gay-marriage’ affect the pedophile debate? Today a seventy year old man can marry a seventeen year old boy (in some states) and even at age sixteen with parental consent. He can then divorce him at twenty one and find another lover. Then of course the pedophiles can commence with a similar brain washing campaign employed to promote ‘gay-marriage’. https://docs.google.com/file/d/10X5Nqqj28UDsa1F0QXWExkqJ3IfLDerXQiYqRc0IoIrlQfa_iLcHVP6d6B5O/edit The pedophiles will decry that they are the victims of particular form of bigotry, ‘ageism’. Ageism is the said discrimination of love interests who are of vastly different ages, like a man and a boy. You need to look at the larger human and political implications of the sex scandal. Honestly, do you think throwing a Bishop in jail will stop the practice of pedophilia? Why should a handful pay for the lasciviousness of humanity? Who will go to jail for the non-Catholics? Really, think things through with some depth.

  • Ed Moran

    I find David’s argument rather incoherent.

    Actively working to allow pederasts to not only escape criminal justice, but move to new locations where they can create new victims isn’t protected in any way by the First Amendment, and other than the fact many or most of the clergy involved where, as pederasts, by definition, not purely heterosexual, is the only tenuous connection to this and gay marriage. Defending a younger age of consent by pointing at pagans practices is a poor argument, at best, and alarming, at worst.

  • Romulus

    I think my first call might be for an ambulance.

  • Plowhorse

    I don’t think this new information is much of a revelation. Mahony and others were already on record of saying that they decided not to notify the police. On some occasions, this was done at the request of Catholic parents who wanted to keep the matter quiet. Otherwise the parents themselves would have gone directly to the police. Clearly, this does not excuse the behavior of the Cardinal. He should have gone to the police and cooperated with them. His failure to do so resulted in a $600 million dollar settlement. Changes have been made. It is a much safer environment for children. So when does this stop being a front page news item. Further, stop using the reference “pedophile priests.” It is simply not accurate. The John Jay study showed that a relatively small precentage of the victims were young children who had not yet reached the age of puberty. Rather, this is a situation where homosexual priests took advantage of 12, 13, 14, and 15 year old boys. This is an important distinction because it provides another reason why the Church needs to do a better job with formation to the priesthood. I simply do not understand why the Church has not removed active homosexuals from the priesthood. I would appreciate a story on that topic but it would be far too controversial for the politically correct LA Times.

    • Sus

      Taking advantage? How about rape?

    • bill bannon

      Nothing evil is suddenly over. Would you let your child go camping with a priest in a little group? I wouldn’t even while thinking the vast majority are good. And no one seems to know what percent of priests and Bishops are homosexual and how does that figure divide between chaste and borderline. People like Bill Donahue say we are the safest place for children now. Would he let his nephews go camping with a priest? No…much of this abuse faded because the very old offenders were from a generation that hid in the clergy rather than tell their often too tough Irish parents they were gay. Now that taboo faded as did the problem that began to decline in the mid ’80′s. By the way, this scandal hit the tv in the mid ’80′s not 2002 which was the Boston Globe expose. The lethargy then of the hierarchy goes way back even after it was public.

  • Maggie Goff

    We in the Diocese of Tucson have compliance training every year.

    http://www.diocesetucson.org/SEPabout.html

    If we suspect anything amiss, we are to immediately report it to civil authorities. I agree with this totally.

  • John

    One of the comments here is an incoherent mess, and goes off on a dubious (and quite selective) “historical” defense of pedophilia which the commenter then tries to mask by a hateful and unchristian rant against homosexuals qua homosexuals. Returning to the world of law and ethics, no prelate and no church of any denomination, no matter its internal truth claims is above the law. None! This is not the 14th century (or the Irish cop/Irish-American prosecutor era of American history) and priests and bishops do not get the benefit of thumbing their nose at the civil law nor the benefit of the law turning a blind eye. We are, thank God, coming out of that absurd time. But as long as vocations lag and trolling the third world for every priest who speaks at least pidgin English still leaves parishes unmanned, bishops will still be loathe to do the right thing and kick the sexually mixed up out of the priesthood. Time to allow married priests. Why should hybrid Anglican catholics get them and not you guys?

  • plowhorse

    Sus:

    The John Jay study shows that forceable rape rarely occurred. To characterize this as “pedophile priests raping little kids” is just not accurate. See the analysis of the data on the Catholic League website. The study shows that generally speaking, this tragedy was the result of homosexual priests manipulating boys between the ages of 12 to 15 into having sex with them. Most of the boys were lonely, and vulnerble. Many without fathers in the home or who were alienated from them. The priests would use a variety of techniques, the same ones used by homosexual coaches, teachers, and boy scout leaders to manipulate boys. If we want this to stop, we need to start speaking out and telling the truth. It will cost us though. When the boy scouts would not allow homosexual scout leaders, the government denied them millions in benefits and called them a hate group.

  • plowhorse

    Sus:

    The John Jay study shows that forceable rape rarely occurred. To characterize this as “pedophile priests raping little kids” is just not accurate. See the analysis of the data on the Catholic League website. The study shows that generally speaking, this tragedy was the result of homosexual priests manipulating boys between the ages of 12 to 15 into having sex with them. Most of the boys were lonely, and vulnerble. Many without fathers in the home or who were alienated from them. The priests would use a variety of techniques, the same ones used by homosexual coaches, teachers, and boy scout leaders to manipulate boys. If we want this to stop, we need to start speaking out and telling the truth. It will cost us though. When the boy scouts would not allow homosexual scout leaders, the government denied them millions in benefits and called them a hate group.

    • Sus

      A homosexual relationship between two CONSENTING ADULTS is not the same and it will never be the same as child abuse.

      A child cannot CONSENT to a person in the position of power over them.

      The church abuse scandal has NOTHING to do with homosexuality, married priests or the boy scouts. It has to do with child abuse.

  • Frank Weathers

    Ok, now the comments are going a little off topic (priests sexual orientation, married priests, etc.) Everyone has been civil, which is great, but criminal behavior, and the cover-up of same, is the crux of the subject matter of this post.


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