priest child rapists

The Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy, with hands together, at St. John’s School for the Deaf in Wisconsin in 1960

UPDATE: The truth is busting out all over! Sex abuse scandal rocks Catholics in Europe; Sex abuse scandal in US, Italy taints papacy

In yet one more of the umpteen instances of depravity behind the robes of Catholic priests, another vile child abuser has been exposed, this time for “molesting” (raping?) some 200 deaf boys. How the Catholic Church can continue to hold any sway with mankind after so many of these incidents coming to light over the past several decades is beyond me.  And when one factors in the nightmarish atrocities of the Inquisition and the past centuries of torture, slaughter and, quite likely, institutionalized child rape, one may be left flabbergasted that the whole organization has festered for this long to begin with.

Since Jesus Christ is allegedly the omnipotent God in charge of everything, including and especially the churches and organizations in his name, he needs to be held responsible for such atrocities. Or, if Jesus had nothing to do with it, he is clearly not in charge of everything and cannot be considered the all-powerful God – it’s really that simple.

Apologists may squawk, “God gave us free will!”  Fat lot of good that notion does for all these children – don’t they have free will too not to be the victims of sexual predators?  The all-powerful God could not even protect them, apparently.  Such excuses grow very thin at this point in human evolution.

Perhaps instead of coddling these awful organizations – at the expense of thousands of children – we should be asking, what is it about Catholicism that fosters child rape among its supposedly godly representatives?  Maybe, just maybe, it’s entirely unnatural to force a person to be “celibate?”  Perhaps the priesthood attracts child molesters because of its unnatural structure that, by eliminating healthy sexuality, encourages perversion and also covers it up?

Vatican Declined to Defrock U.S. Priest Who Abused Boys

Top Vatican officials — including the future Pope Benedict XVI — did not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys, even though several American bishops repeatedly warned them that failure to act on the matter could embarrass the church, according to church files newly unearthed as part of a lawsuit.

The internal correspondence from bishops in Wisconsin directly to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope, shows that while church officials tussled over whether the priest should be dismissed, their highest priority was protecting the church from scandal

Well, of course – public opinion!  Those children didn’t matter – it was all for the glory of God!  But if God is omniscient, he must have seen it all – what a lovely sight.  And he did nothing to stop it, even though he’s all powerful.  The Church hierarchy apparently doesn’t really believe in the all-knowing and all-powerful God that it pretends to represent.  Pandering to humans will not save your soul from eternal damnation, will it?