“A So-Far-Unheard-of Insolence”

Oh lord.

The hierarchy of the Catholic Church cannot find anything more useful to do than to repeatedly and publicly proclaim their complete moral bankruptcy.

For example, did you know that the real victim of all these pedophilia scandals isn’t the child assaultees but the Catholic Church that harbored the perpetrators and hushed up the raped children? Yes indeed, the victims’ complaints against Catholic child rapists are actually analogous to what the Holocaust did to the Jews.

What, does that sound crAzY? Well, I didn’t make it up.

From the AP:

Pope Benedict XVI’s personal preacher on Friday likened accusations against the pope and the Catholic church in the sex abuse scandal to “collective violence” suffered by the Jews.

Reaction from Jewish groups and victims of clerical sex abuse ranged from skepticism to fury.

The Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa said in a Good Friday homily with the pope listening in St. Peter’s Basilica that a Jewish friend wrote to him, …[saying] “The use of stereotypes, the passing from personal responsibility and guilt to a collective guilt remind me of the more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism.”

Oh yes he did.

Stephan Kramer, general-secretary of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, said Cantalamessa’s remarks were “a so-far-unheard-of insolence.”

“It is repulsive, obscene and most of all offensive toward all abuse victims as well as to all the victims of the Holocaust,” Kramer said. “So far I haven’t seen St. Peter burning, nor were there outbursts of violence against Catholic priests. I’m without words. The Vatican is now trying to turn the perpetrators into victims.”

Minor details. Oh, but one more minor detail:

Italian prosecutor Pietro Forno said that once investigations have gotten under way, church officials have never tried to interfere or hinder the probes. But he added, “In the many years that I have dealt with this, never — and I stress, never — have I received a single complaint from bishops, or priests. And that’s a bit odd.”

Haha! HILARIOUS! Just don’t try to turn such details into a Holocaust on the mostly clear reputations of pedophile priests! You anti-catholic jerk!

Word to the Catholic hierarchy: when it turns out that hundreds of your authority figures have committed thousands of instances of abuse upon children, it is not time to defend your reputation. That is the most callous, wrong-headed, and immoral response possible, as it implies that you are the victim, unjustly compelled to admit to your own crimes by those uncouth and bullying rape survivors. The childhood rape survivors are not the bad guys here.

No, proper responses would include: 1. public acknowledgment of a system that promotes rape culture, 2. unqualified apology and reparations to the victims, 3. an honest assessment of the rape culture in the Catholic hierarchy by a disinterested outside investigator including recommendations for improvement, 4. publicly and in good faith making significant changes in the system to eliminate rape culture, 5. being the first body, and not the last, to bring child abusing priests to the proper authorities, and 6. continuing to address and assess the situation proactively going into the future.

Did I list anything about “defending reputations”? No I did not. Blaming the gheyz? Covering up abuse? Protecting abusing priests? Calling accusations of abuse analogous to the Holocaust? NO.

We need to see sincere and proactive action now. Heel-dragging on this matter is criminal.

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2 thoughts on ““A So-Far-Unheard-of Insolence”

  1. This American Life re-aired a segment from 2002, I think, last weekend.
    “Patrick Wall was a special kind of monk. He was a fixer. The Catholic church sent him to problem parishes where priests had been removed because of scandal. His job was to come in, keep events from going public and smooth things over until a permanent replacement priest was found. But after four different churches in four years, after covering up for pedophiles and adulterers and liars and embezzlers he decided to make a change. Carl Marziali tells his story. (21 minutes)”
    http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/404/enemy-camp-2010

    V. good. And v. enraging. They added an update to the end of the segment, saying they checked in with Wall, and where he was sure the church could change back in 2002, now he was sure the church would never change. Sounds like a case of C.O.F. to me… I think you should turn your demand for proper response into a petition.

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