I'm sitting back reading Nelson's Sunday School and something has occurred to me. After decades of this inaction on priests whom have raped children all over the world, we have seen little to no action from governments and parents. Governments aren't prosecuting the church for having protected these guys. They aren't prosecuting Priests and telling the Vatican to give them up. The Mexican priest whom even molested his own children never faced any real consequences. Jesse Ventura brought up the idea of prosecuting the church under the RICO act which was designed to enable prosecutors to go after the Mob as a group. It's really about attacking the conspiracy that is behind this hiding and enabling which is aiding and abetting felonious criminals.

This exposure and the pissing in the face of the membership with claims of "petty gossip" and the like is an insult to the membership. Why do they put up with it? We see numbers dropping in total attendance and weekly attendance. I can't understand why Catholic Churches aren't a ghost town. I would go as far as saying that attendance at a Catholic Church given what we have learned in the last 20 years, is an immoral act. The membership supports the defending and harboring of criminals. They foster the idea that pedophiles will find those accepting of their "condition" there rather than needing to face their demons and seek therapy.

I don't have any children. So I have to relate this to my wife because she's the one that I feel the most protective of. If someone were to take my wife and rape her. I think that I could let the police deal with it. If I took the information to the police and they came back calling it "petty gossip" and I had to sit around watching them go on with their lives, I would leave a swath of bodies. This being a non-Catholic website, I'm not advocating that someone go out and be violent. But what I'm trying to illustrate is that this scandal is showing just how broken a people these Catholics are. The sheep analogy comes to mind. To have little to no action being taken, to have the molestation of my child being referred to and "petty gossip", and you think that I'm just going to sit back and take it? For life to just go on after the rape and molestation of what is sure to be 25 to 30,000 children is untenable.

Catholics, you have a greater duty to your children, and the children of your friends than you do to the church. Don't be Abraham or Jeptha, no one honestly respects them. This, and those remaining Catholics, are a shining example of what is wrong with religion. You do not stand up for what is moral or ethical. You stand for a Church whom would rape your children then laugh in your face. This is not an act of humanity or compassion. If I saw someone treating a dog this way I would speak up yet you cannot find the strength stand up and be counted in defense of children. Stop looking to your leadership to decide what is right. You know what you need to do. Take off those shackles. Rub the sand out of your eyes and come enjoy life. Believe in God if you like. Practice as a Catholic if you choose. But end this organization today because of what it is doing to you and your children.

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Comment by Mario Rodgers on April 18, 2010 at 1:48pm
The Pope is so full of it. He made a show of crocodile tears and empty promises to get people off his back. Nothing will be done. Nothing will change.
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on April 18, 2010 at 2:21pm
It's horrifying to me.
Honestly, truly terrifying.
The Catholic church has become an embarrassment. Even BEFORE allegations hit the news, pedophilia was so wide spread that 'priest and alter boy' jokes were common. HOW does that happen if there isn't major abuse?
If it was any other organization in the world, the entire system would be shut down and criminalized as a kiddy-rape ring.
Imagine if this was happening in the atheist community! We would be driven out of town with torches and pitchforks.
Their leader admitted to staging a mass cover up.
And yet...and yet.....and yet.....

I'm terrified that something will happen to the Vatican now. Every other denomination will jump at it as proof of "gods punishment."
It will only serve to bolster the Baptists and Mormons of the world.
Comment by Johnny on April 25, 2010 at 10:57am
Comment by Gary Bergeron on April 25, 2010 at 12:21pm
Well done Gaytor! Especially the last paragraph, very powerfully put.
My journey to Atheism began with a whopping slap in the face by a Catholic nun in Catechism when i was 11 years old and through the years I have been grateful that all I received was that slap and nothing more.
The lack of responsibility of the church is a signal to Catholics everywhere, that the responsibility is solely on themselves to escape the darkness, light a candle of hope, and take the church down...and to justice.
Comment by Gaytor on April 25, 2010 at 2:06pm
Reminds me of the lyrics in this song here. "Fear is the heart of love". Not a world I would choose to live in. Thanks for the compliment.
Comment by The God Critic on April 28, 2010 at 8:24pm
One of the reasons -- I think -- that local Catholic churches aren't empty is that Catholicism is as much of a cultural thing as it is a religious institution. Catholic families go back for generations, which is something that's tougher to say for many "Bible Christians" who jump from one non-denominational church to another. Being Catholic, for many people, is like being German or Irish -- it's just who you are, which is why they continue to go to their local parish church.

I was raised Roman Catholic and my whole family is Catholic, and I can tell you that even among my family members who only go to church on Christmas and Easter, they still consider themselves very Catholic and wouldn't consider ever saying otherwise.

This is one of the main reasons why I believe that the Catholic Church will weather this storm as they have so many other storms in the past.


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