I’d venture to guess that even the crew of the ISS has whiffed the stank of the story coming out of Pennsylvania the past few days. Priests, en masse, manhandling children, marking them as their territory and using their position in god’s light as an excuse to rob babies of their irretrievable innocence. For decades upon decades upon decades. Had the story stopped there, we’d already know how they were able to continue to destroy children and avoid prosecution for so long. It didn’t need to be reported how these monsters were able to continue to do what they did. We all knew. We all know. We all understand when stories like this come out, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that the Catholic church enabled them in just about every way they could. No one needs to be told this. This is par for the course.
There is no question, none whatsoever, that the Catholic church is a criminal organization. The thing is, it’s no longer enough to call it that. I mean, when we think of criminal organizations, we think of John Gotti and Al Capone. We think of Pablo Escobar and El Chapo. Any of these men, given ten minutes alone in a room with a priest who violated little boys, would rip their hearts out. No, it’s no longer enough to call the Catholic church a criminal organization because no criminal organization would tolerate this behaviour amongst their ranks. What the Catholic church is, really the only way to describe it, is a worldwide pedophile ring. It’s a child rape club.
Oh, but you’re a Catholic and you don’t rape children? You’re Catholic and you don’t condone the sexual abuse of kids? Not all Catholics abuse babies? You can’t blame the whole group for the actions of some? Priests are no more likely to be pedophiles than any other group? These are your objections? That’s cute. It’s really cute. Because now I’m going to show you that the corruption in the Catholic church goes all the way up to the top proving that there is no escaping your tithes paying for the cover-up of child rape. I’m going to prove to you that it is the organization itself that is corrupt and not just the actions of individual priests. I’m going to prove to you that the club you insist on remaining part of is rotten on every level, which begs the question: what the hell are you still doing there if you don’t condone pedophilia?
Sure, there may be just as much chance of a school teacher sexually abusing children as there is a chance a priest would. Sure, there may be just as many pedophiles outside the church as there inside the church. What makes the Catholic church different is the systematic cover-ups; the harbouring of known offenders; the placement of known offenders in front of new groups of children to avoid prosecution. What makes it different is that every branch of this institution is involved in the organized enabling of child rape for hundreds and hundreds of years. It starts in local dioceses and goes all the way up to your beloved, perceived progressive Pope. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a peep at Pope Franky’s track record, shall we?
For almost a dozen years, there was a man who, using scripture from the Old Testament, convinced underage boys that they would go to hell if they didn’t perform continued and repeated sexual acts with him. His favourite place to manhandle their prepubescent bodies was in confessional. Fr. Mauro Inzoli, who loved to own and drive fast, expensive cars so much, they nicknamed him ‘Don Mercedes’, raped, repeatedly, boys as young as ten by threatening them with eternal torture. Using the fear of their own beloved god, he tormented them, exposing them to things no child should ever be exposed to.
It went on for years in the city of Brescia in Northern Italy. Day after day, these young boys would be sexually terrorized by an old man and suffer in silence for fear of the wrath of god. Their lives would be forever changed, the scars of their abuse hard to hide.
One day, though…. one day, there was a boy brave enough to step forward. He unloaded all that he had been carrying around with him, reporting the man of god who had been systematically raping him to police. He looked his fear of god in the eye, realized no god that wanted this to continue was worth worshipping and told the police what had been going on.
The investigation that ensued turned up more boys who claimed similar treatment by the church leader. The evidence piled up, both inside the Vatican and out. There was so much of it, that Pope Benedict decided the best action to take would be to defrock Don Mercedes. Inzoli was tossed out of god’s house in 2012. As he awaited trial in Italy, this was the best possible thing we could hope for: removing him from a position of authority over children.
As you likely already know, Pope Benedict resigned in 2013. In his wake, Pope Francis was elected, his supporters seeing him as the man who would reform the church and take a harder stance on the sex abuse scandals. Since his election, the Pope has certainly said and done a great many things that seem to be real people pleasers. He’s hugged 100 people in wheelchairs and said the faithful should not judge the LGBT community. He’s said hello to Muslims and he loves to tweet, kind of like another leader we all know. Known to take a selfie now and then, the Pope has also denounced global capitalism and likes to talk a lot about how yucky poverty is.
This is all so much better than any Pope before him, right? The Franciscan hype train is running on truth, isn’t it?
Absolutely, if shallow publicity stunts are what you’re looking for in god’s representative down here on earth. It certainly is, if bold sounding deepities are the most you can hope for from the leader of the Catholic church.
If what you’re looking for, instead, is a leader worthy of our respect, the answer is no.
In 2014, Pope Francis RE-frocked Don Mercedes. Reversing the decision by his predecessor, everybody’s favourite man of god let a child rapist don the holy robes once more. Though he did request that Inzoli stay away from children and live a life of prayer and humility, what Catholic child won’t see a man in the cloth of god as an authority figure? You can bet your holy rosary he’s touched boy since then.
To add insult to injury, the volumes of evidence against Inzoli being held by the Vatican were requested by Italian law enforcement. The Vatican said, with the Pope’s blessing, a brutal and devastating, “no”.
As a result, Inzoli, who faced a potential twelve years in prison, walked away with just under five years. For anyone counting, that gives a man in his mid-sixties a chance at seeing freedom again, and being around little boys again.
Now, you can argue that this is just one case – a case with many facts we aren’t privy to, thanks to the Vatican – and that maybe there’s something here that made sense to the big, cuddly, virtue-signalling Pope. But you’d be wrong.
In 2013, students from the Argentina/Italy Provolo Institute for Deaf and Mute began continued contact with the Pope, begging him to intervene on their behalf. A priest at their school, they claimed, was sexually abusing them. For three years they continued to send videos and letters directly to the Pope. For three years they were ignored while the sexual abuse continued. Just a few months ago, after no attention from the Pope for these three years, civilian police finally stepped in and arrested Fr. Nicola Corradi.
There is also, of course, the concern surrounding the Pope’s intent on reversing reforms set in place not just by Benedict, but also John Paul II. These reforms, which saw the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith take over dealing with sexually predatory clergy, resulted in the Vatican taking much more swift and final action against priests accused of child molestation. Reversing them, we can only assume, will have the opposite effect.
So, you’re a Catholic and you don’t rape children? That’s great. That’s a real achievement. Pat yourself on the back. I have to ask though, why you would want to continue to label yourself as something that instantly invokes the thought of child rape in most honest people’s minds? You see, decent people, once they found out an organization not only included hundreds and possibly thousands of men like Inzoli and Corradi but went so far as to protect them as well, most decent people would recoil at the thought of remaining part of that organization. Most people would want as much distance between them and the rape club as they could possibly manage.
So, you think the public school system has just as many child abusers as the Catholic church? That may be true. That may very well be true, but here’s the difference: If you found out the school system you were sending your kid to was systematically harbouring child rapists from the law, all the way up to the top dog, would you continue to send your kid there? Given the choice, would you continue to give your dollars to that organization? Would you insist on calling yourself a member of that school district as though it was a significant part of your identity? Would you attend extra-curricular activities with your family there on the weekends? Likely not.
So, you think there is just as much likelihood that a child will encounter an abuser outside of the church than inside the church? Perhaps you’re correct. Perhaps you’re right on the money. The difference is: when good, decent, moral people discover this happening, they report it. They turn the offender into the police if for no other reason than to prevent him from harming any other kids. There is no all-encompassing organization with the power of the Catholic church relocating offenders so they can avoid the law and build up a new baby brothel of prepubescent children in a brand new city.
If it were me and I found out that there had been a child abuser among the ranks at an organization I was paying into, devoting my identity to and attending regularly with my children; if I found out that the organization had brought that abuser to my city after they had knowledge that he’d done horrible things to children in all the previous locations he’d been; if I found out that this organization was systematically harbouring rapists? What would I do? Not only would I never set foot in that institution again, not only would my child never be allowed near it, not only would I stop giving them any money, not only would I drop any labels that associated me with that group, but I would vow to destroy it. I would not rest until it was a pile of smoking ashes and a dark page in the history books.
In fact, I am not, nor have I ever been, a member of the Catholic church and I have still vowed to be part of its undoing.
No one is saying to stop believing. No one is saying that you should stop attending non-Catholic church and stop praising Jesus Christ and stop thumbing your rosary while deep in prayer. No one is suggesting you should give up your core beliefs. However, I can’t help but question your humanity if you continue to choose to call yourself a Catholic. I have zero respect for you if you continue to give so much as a dollar to any institution that falls under the Vatican’s authority. As far as I’m concerned, you are complicit in the continued ritualistic and systematic rape of children and it is clear that your Catholic identity is more important to you than human decency. The morality argument that theists and atheists love to engage in is no longer yours to join. You’ve given up any right to make moral judgements if you can’t walk away from an organization that would disgust even the worst criminals in history.
If you are a Catholic, you are a child rape enabler and there is no escaping that fact. As such, you are beneath me and there’s really nothing else I have to say to you.
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