Calm. Everything right now is calm in the Church…well…relatively calm. Just to remind everyone that this is a blog that is specifically about the sexual abuse in the Church and how incompetently and really un-Christian/Catholic it was, and is, being handled. Yes there are individual priests who have not abused and are very good and holy men but they are not the subject material for this blog.
A few of the things that are said to me that really…well…disgust me are people, (some are priests and bishops), who say they understand then really demonstrate by their actions and their words that they are clueless. Another thing that I find disturbing is that people just want this to somehow magically go away…and not be talked about. Ain’t happenin.
If the priests, bishops, cardinals and even the pope really do understand this issue like they say that they do then why is this still a problem? When did the Boston Archdiocese crap come to light? How many years has it been? And look, nothing is substantially better. Bishops are still asked to police themselves and their own priests…and we all know how great that worked out.
There is a fear at calling it what it has been, (at least for the most part), as a homosexual problem. Those prelates who say, Oh no, it’s a sin of opportunity, (notice how it is not called a crime), did the abuse of girls who serve at the alter spike? Or, (and this is mindboggling to me), it is blamed on clericalism. What? That doesn’t even make sense.
No matter what the reason for the sexual abuse is, priests are celibate and we are all, every Catholic, every person, called to be chaste. It is not easy sometimes but it is not impossible. And chastity should never be violated with those who are underage. As for those devils or just plane stupid people who are constantly shoving down our throats about consensual sex…it is NEVER consensual when there is a power differential. That standard applies to everyone not just prelates.
Priests who have a lover who are adults, male or female, or other priests and living a double life are another and different subject. That issue should not be allowed to muddy the waters of abusing minors or abusing power. They are separate but parallel issues. A fall with another adult and not living a double life is yet a different issue
You reap what you sew. Last summer has been dubbed the summer of shame. This summer the moniker could be the summer of our discontent. Keep Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament as your focus. He will help you be content, not accepting of this, but content.