Now we’re not the religious sort, and we think the notion that eating round crackers is an act sacred cannibalism is a bit daft, but we’re also sure that some of the things we believe, seen from the perspective of the future or by a visitor from Alpha Centauri would seem equally loopy.
So let’s forget things theological and look only at things criminal, like using the power of the priestly office as a handy dandy lever for exploiting the orifices of small children, all whilst professing to practice sacred celibacy — something which seems to happen a lot.
In a sane world, priests who do such things should be defrocked and handed over to secular authorities, but the reality has been something quite different.
Rather than strip the fucking Fathers of their office, the church often plays a shell game, shifting them from parish to parish, archdiocese to archdiocese, apparently to give them the opportunity to sample as many prepubescent bodies as possible. What other reason could there be? If the bishops and cardinals really wanted to scupper their ruts, then they could banish them to isolated, nearly empty monasteries, of which the church owns plenty.
Consider the latest nasty revelations from Los Angeles, where the central player in a vicious little coverup was a hugely popular cardinal.
From Victoria Kim, Ashley Powers, and Harriet Ryan of the Los Angeles Times:
Fifteen years before the clergy sex abuse scandal came to light, Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and a top advisor discussed ways to conceal the molestation of children from law enforcement, according to internal Catholic church records released Monday.
The archdiocese’s failure to purge pedophile clergy and reluctance to cooperate with law enforcement has previously been known. But the memos written in 1986 and 1987 by Mahony and Msgr. Thomas J. Curry, then the archdiocese’s chief advisor on sex abuse cases, offer the strongest evidence yet of a concerted effort by officials in the nation’s largest Catholic diocese to shield abusers from police. The newly released records, which the archdiocese fought for years to keep secret, reveal in church leaders’ own words a desire to keep authorities from discovering that children were being abused.
In the confidential letters, filed this month as evidence in a civil court case, Curry proposed strategies to prevent police from investigating three priests who had admitted to church officials that they abused young boys. Curry suggested to Mahony that they prevent them from seeing therapists who might alert authorities and that they give the priests out-of-state assignments to avoid criminal investigators.
Read the rest.
We suggest that the proper place for such scofflaws as Mahony is the general population of one of the state’s prisons, where inmates provide a special form of ministration to folks who sexually abuse small children.
Cardinal sins indeed.
UPDATE: It’s happened in Germany, too. And this year.