Pedophile priests. Who is responsible? Satan?
The grotesque epidemic of priestly pedophilia that has roiled
the church has been under assessment in a five year, $2 million study
commissioned by our country's Catholic bishops. At long last, the report
is out – but not the truth. Instead, the panel concludes that this
horror is not the fault of the church, nor even of the abusive priests.
Rather – cue the heavenly music – the sixties made them do it.
Yes, it's the Woodstock defense! The diabolical theory of this
study is that "social chaos" created by the tie-dyed sexual revolution
of the 1960s so discombobulated otherwise chaste and honorable men that
they used their religious authority to rape 10-year-olds and teenagers.
Dios mios, have mercy. That conclusion is as perverted as what
the priests did and as inexcusable as the hierarchy's ongoing denials
and cover-ups. Start with the obvious: Rape is not about sex, it's a
gross abuse of power. Second, I was around in the 1960s, and while I
couldn't seem to attract much free love for myself, I can testify that
the sexual revolution of the time most definitely did not even
contemplate – much less advocate – old men in dark robes molesting
children who'd been placed in their care.
The church's report is as silly as the right-wing's current
fiction that all would be well in America if only the sixties had never
happened. Excuse me, but enormous progress was made in those years by
women, civil rights champions, environmental advocates – and, yes, by
American culture itself. The Pope should shelve the nonsense in this
report and lead the world in a new liturgical chant: Pedophilia is not a
social habit that one adopts; it's a sickness. Deal with it. Honestly.
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