A pox on the pedophiles, and their pious protectors

& News item, from the New York Times:

 DUBLIN — The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland was covering up the sexual abuse of children by priests as recently as 2009, long after it issued guidelines meant to protect children, and the Vatican tacitly encouraged the cover-up by ignoring the guidelines, according to a scathing report issued Wednesday by the Irish government. [the rest of the story, here.]

Ya know, isn’t it time to cut the crap?

The religious organizations of the world – at least the big cults of the West and the Middle East – wallow in hypocrisy, and continue to get a free pass from most of the non-religious entities of their societies. Everybody treats these hypocrites with kid gloves – the governors, the legislators, the judges and the journalists – perhaps fearful that they’ll go to hell if they don’t, more likely because they don’t want to suffer the shrieking that emanates from the high priests and followers of any cult that is criticized or questioned about its true value to society.

Now we have a sad, painful reminder of the continuing, shameful story of the Catholic church in Ireland [please go re-read Leon Uris’s “Trinity”]. These stories, somehow, always get turned into numbers and high-level goobledegook. But this isn’t a story about data, or bishops, or violations of church dogma or priestly blame games; this is about young kids — little innocent individuals whose entire lives are ruined  – by lying, twisted men who, draped in assurances that they talk to their god, in fact spend most of their time skulking about in the shadows, either satisfying their sexual urges at the expense of the faithful, or covering up and lying for those who do.
It’s all B.S. From money-grubbing lowlifes like Jimmy Swaggart and Ted Haggard to the gold-plated Pope in Rome, a pox on all their pontifications. Charge the pedophiles with crimes and send them to jail. As for their bosses: Tax the bastards. Balance the budget.
& Off to negotiate with the devil for a good seat down there, I’m outta here.
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Amen! Below is screed published recently in KC Star.

Diocese needs to get its house in order once and for all
By Pat O’Neill

As Catholics, many of us are embarrassed, frustrated and angry.

God willing, this latest example of moral disregard by Bishop Robert Finn, Vicar General Robert Murphy and other of our “shepherds” in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph will serve as the lance that finally pierces this long-festering boil of secrecy, abuse and cover up.
When Bishop Finn arrived here in 2005, he was one of a new wave of American bishops charged with turning the tide of public opinion away from the abuse scandals and back to core conservative Catholic values and respect for The Church and its priestly vocations. Instead, Bishop Finn is up to his collar in a flood of renewed scrutiny and anger.
How did this happen again? The answer, as Finn, himself, said recently, is “the consequences of our human failure.”
He’s right. Priests and bishops are human. And humans often fail to do the right thing – especially when there is no real framework for accountability or threat of tangible punishment. The fact is, despite hundreds of detailed reports over the last 20 years, only a handful of pedophile priests and NO complicit Church supervisors have been subjected to civil trial and punishment, i.e., jail time.
More often, the perpetrators (some two dozen suspected perpetrators from our two local dioceses, alone) are placed out of sight in the Catholic system and allowed to live where ever they’d like, without adequate warnings to their new neighbors and coworkers. Most are not formally defrocked, and many continue to receive paychecks from their home dioceses and go on to live out their lives unscathed and unsupervised.
As a communications consultant to the two area dioceses in the early- and mid-1990s, I had the uncomfortable experience of seeing a number of the accused sweat and squirm when called on the diocesan carpet, only to eventually be “let go” and sent on their way. I heard their stories and their denials and their excuses first-hand. One I’ll never forget was “we never went all the way until he was of legal age.”
That one did me in. But until then, I counseled the then-local bishops ? who I believe really were committed to cleaning house ? on how to be honest with the public without compromising anyone’s legal rights. We implemented a new “Zero Tolerance” Policy and created a quasi-independent lay review board. I wrote many a statement articulating the dioceses’ sorrow for their priests’ abhorrent behavior and the dioceses’ plans of action going forward.
Sadly, the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese continues to make those same apologies and promises today, more than 15 years later.
Like most Catholics, I hold fast to the fundamental tenets of our Church and consider our parishes and parochial schools invaluable centers for learning, spiritual reflection and friendship. Catholic charities and missions do incredible work, and most of our priests deserve nothing but thanks and respect for the guidance and comfort that they provide. That said, we cannot allow crimes against our children, or complicity among the Church leadership to go unchecked any longer. Not for one more minute. The time has come for us to harness our collective anger and embarrassment and use that energy to change the way our Church and our dioceses operate, once and for all.
After all these years, it is starkly obvious to me that there will be no change for the better in the Kansas City diocese until men like Bishop Robert Finn and his Vicar General, Robert Murphy are forced to resign, and criminals in collars are subject to secular trial and incarceration.
Pat O’Neill is a marketing and public relations consultant in Kansas City.


Most cults thrive on worship of hierarchy, which is why people are drawn to become leaders/pastors/priests: power, control and influence. It may begin more earnestly than that, but too often it ends up being a power grab.

The persistence of the Catholic regime in covering up and protecting their sexual criminals is unforgivable and the one single reason to reject and disband this ludicrous parade of lunacy.

There is a fantastic man who was once a Catholic monk, and then a “fixer” of such situations. His experience with the church woke him from out of his religious sleep. He now works with a law firm representing victims of the church.

Patrick Wall is interviewed in episode #274 “Enemy Camp” of This American Life. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/play_full.php?play=274&act=2

He has written books and now works with attorneys.