THE HISTORIC RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

August 22, 2018 – 7:28 am

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Among the victims were boys and girls, who were subjected to groping, masturbation, and anal, oral and vaginal rape, all charges that were repeatedly denied by Roman Catholic Church officials. It may be time to stop denying that priests need sex and allow them to marry. By Cesar Chelala.

I grew up with an agnostic father and a Catholic mother. In my family we followed many Catholic rites and holidays. That explains why the recent revelations of children’s molestation by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvanian dioceses dismay and horrify me. My distress is compounded by realizing that this is only the latest in several similar revelations that span several countries, all with a similar pattern of abuse and deceit.

According to a landmark grand jury report released on August 14, the real number of abused children could very well be in the thousands, since many records have been lost and many victims refused to come forward. More than 300 clergymen carried out the abuse over several decades, beginning in the 1950s. That brutal history of abuse could have only been conducted with the criminal complicity of church officials in Pennsylvania and at the Vatican, says Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

What makes these revelations more startling is that they are based on the dioceses’ own records. As Josh Shapiro stated at a news conference in Harrisburg, “The cover-up was sophisticated. And all the while, shockingly, church leadership kept records of the abuse and cover-up. These documents, from the dioceses’ own ‘Secret Archives,’ formed the backbone of this investigation.”

The grand jury investigated abuse allegations in dioceses that serve more than half of Pennsylvania’s 3.2 million Catholics. Among the victims were boys and girls, who were subjected to groping, masturbation, and anal, oral and vaginal rape, all charges that were repeatedly denied by Church officials.

The two-year-long grand jury investigation found that some 300 priests had abused over 1,000 children over a period of 70 years. Bishops and other church officials not only covered up those crimes but they even moved the accused priest to other churches and, in some cases, even promoted them.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro: ‘The cover-up was sophisticated. And all the while, shockingly, church leadership kept records of the abuse and cover-up. These documents, from the dioceses’ own ‘Secret Archives,’ formed the backbone of this investigation.’

One of the most sinister cases of abuse was one boy who was so brutally raped by a priest that he suffered serious back injuries. To overcome the pain the boy started a treatment with opioid painkillers, got hooked on them and died from this addiction. In another case, a priest raped and assaulted five sisters in the same family.

What makes these events even more serious is that several cases of abuse by the predator priests were reported by bishops to the Vatican, and the Vatican chose to take no action at all. In Chile, however, where also there were nearly 80 priests accused of abuse of children, Pope Francis demanded the resignation of all the bishops that were involved in cases of cover-up.

What is possible to do to stop these abuses from taking place? It seems obvious that the Catholic Church has to have a different approach from what it has had up to now. In an interview with Judy Woodruff, from PBS NewsHour, Father Thomas Reese, of Religious News Service, outlines some necessary measures.

According to Father Reese, anybody from the Catholic Church involved with children has to go through a police background check. Secondly, any instance of abuse has to be reported to the police. And thirdly, all those priests against whom there are credible accusations of abuse have to be removed from the ministry until a full investigation takes place. If the accusations are proven true, they should be removed forever from the ministry.

These important measures should be complemented, however, by more substantial actions. Perhaps, and it is a big perhaps, the Church should revisit its decision to prohibit priests from having a normal sexual and family life, as happens in other religions. It is possible that the policy of abstinence that priests should follow intends to nullify a normal biological drive, with disastrous consequences.

More than anything, however, the Catholic Church should purge its cadres of abusing priests, and have all them go through profound psychological testing. Those widespread instances of abuse taint the image of the Church, and threaten its existence as a source of religious beliefs and comfort for hundreds of millions of people from all over the world.

Note: Dr Cesar Chelala is a co-winner of the 1979 Overseas Press Club of America award for the article “Missing or Disappeared in Argentina: The Desperate Search for Thousands of Abducted Victims.” The above article was posted at CounterPunch.

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  1. 4 Responses to “THE HISTORIC RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH”

  2. “It is possible that the policy of abstinence that priests should follow intends to nullify a normal biological drive, with disastrous consequences.”

    Get fucked, dont make excuses for them. They abused kids cos they are evil.

    I am horrified that Big O would allow this apologist garbage on their site. Absolutely disgraceful.

    By Crack on Aug 23, 2018

  3. IT NEVER happened 71 years ago, right? IT NEVER happened 2018 years ago, right? IT NEVER happened in “other” countries, right? ELIMINATE RELIGION! There is NO invisible man or woman in the sky, right?

    By Dr. Jorge F. Bush on Aug 25, 2018

  4. Men have physically and sexually abused women and children since the beginning of time. This is who we are and the truth continues to reveal itself. The only solution is to eliminate men from positions of power and replace them with women.
    Imagine this for a society (we may even eliminate prejudice, discrimination and corruption at the same time).
    Yeah, I am a dreamer: men (especially the white ones) will never relinquish their grip on power and we’ll be fucked forever.

    By Chris on Aug 26, 2018

  5. Chris it’s not your gender that predetermines whether you abuse someone, that is a terrible concept to believe in. When some people are put into positions of power they lose their grip on what is right and wrong sometimes and it is the abuse of power and the associated power imbalance that results in abuse.

    The church, and many other religious organisations covered abuse up for years as they had many people fooled that they were beyond reproach. The fact that they could cover this up is beyond forgiveness.

    Fuck the church. Your god is dead, get with the program.

    By Crack on Aug 28, 2018

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