darkness at noon in the Catholic Church
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who has watched network or cable news, read a newspaper, logged
on to a blog or a news website in the past couple of weeks has
been inundated with information of the Catholic Sex Crisis. (I
keep calling it a crisis, because ‘scandal’ just doesn’t
start to cover it). New revelations of bishops and their minions
covering up sexual crimes by clerics around the world seem to
come out on a daily basis. Add to that the statements by the Vatican
about gossip, the passage of a South Dakota law to severely limit
the ability for victims to seek out justice and the constant chatter
on the Catholic message boards about who is at fault for the continuing
Catholic Bashing -- I really don’t know where to start.
knowing really where to go with all this, I decided to start with
what I know. For me, that is my blog, my frustration with the
Catholic Church, in general (both the hierarchy and the parishioners
that continue to enable the pedophile protection policy); the
Diocese of Scranton in particular; the number of people who are
searching for priests, by name, and finding my blog. There is
more of an interest in this crisis as evidenced by the tenfold
increase in traffic to this blog. My concern is that the interest
in the blog is fleeting. I just don’t think that Catholics
get it. They continue to allow the hierarchy of the Church to
squander any remaining credibility the Catholic Church may have
once had. Of course that credibility was based on fear, deception
and the threat of hell. But many Catholics still buy into the
infallibility of people who are coming to be seen as what they
really are: mortal and seriously flawed.
the past week I have seen a marked increase in the number of search
engine searches for
Robert Gibson (Gibson is the priest that raped
me at age 13).
We are not talking four or five searches, but 40 or 50 hits on
this blog in the last week for that monster. I have no way to
divine the motives of the person or persons who are searching
for him, but if you are searching for this priest for the same
reasons I did a few years ago, please contact me.
for the Pope and his propaganda spin machine, I have to fall back
on an often used statement. “I know he was lying, his lips
were moving.” There are so many coming to Ratzinger’s
aid pleading that the man did not have time to read memos while
he was the Archbishop of Munich or he was unaware of cases while
he headed up the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the
Vatican’s department handling the canonical review of pedophile
priests. To them I say, BULLSHIT! Again, I have to draw on almost
24 years of service in the Navy. When in command, COMMAND! Ratzinger
is in charge, he is responsible for the actions of his subordinates,
even if he was not read in. If he wants to blame someone else,
maybe he should step down and retire to Berchtesgaden. He can
sit around and sing some of the songs he remembers from his youth.
Maybe, during his time wearing a brown shirt, he learned how to
blame others to divert attention away from his own failures. If
this man is only a ‘caretaker’ Pope, lets hope we
don’t have to wait long for a change.
final note. There may be another predator in the Diocese of Scranton
who is still actively grooming potential victims. Be on your guard.
If you are seeing the signs of a man who is acting very strangely
around children in light of all the recent revelations world-wide,
TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. If you are right you may be saving the life
of a child. If you are wrong (and I don’t think you are)
it is better to err on the side of caution.