It is Sunday. The day Christians have set aside for us to pause and think of God. Often it is called the Lord’s Day. I believe this is the right time for us to consider this matter in a calm, relaxed manner while our thoughts are not on earthly matters.
Just when you think you have had enough with the Roman Catholic Church up pops its extraordinary violation of the civil rights of the citizens of Massachusetts. This open obvious ongoing outrage on our civil rights must be brought to a head and those in positions of responsibility must do something about it. How long, I ask, how long will it be allowed to continue? What is the complicity of those public officials with connections to the Catholic Church in perpetuating this?
We have seen how a small group of priests in the Catholic Church committed vile acts against a small number of children and the outrage that produced. The result of that sent a Boston cardinal fleeing to Rome for sanctuary and the widespread disillusionment toward the Church and the great sorrow of many in the Church that such could have happened and been covered up. It was not only in Massachusetts but the disease among some of its priests spread throughout the nation and was found all over the world. It has resulted in some people leaving the church especially the young unaware how the actions of those evil few had no bearing on its teachings.
As should be kept in mind with respect to this sexual abuse scandal the actions of the priests were no worse than those in any other section of society. It was said, as noted here, by Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, “We don’t see the Catholic Church as a hotbed of this or a place that has a bigger problem than anyone else, I can tell you without hesitation that we have seen cases in many religious settings, from traveling evangelists to mainstream ministers to rabbis and others.” Also as noted in that article 96% of priests had nothing to do with abusing children which is consistent with the norm in other professions although one would have hope priests would have been better than others.
This new scandal that I now write about cannot be minimized by pointing to the small number of priests involved. It is fair to say that just about all the members of the priesthood are involved in conspiring to carry this violation of a person’s civil right out. It is especially noticeable among the special order of priests such as the Jesuits but also among the orders in the church one step below the priests, the brothers, such as the Xaverian or Christian Brothers who have been involved in running high schools such as Boston College High School, Catholic Memorial and Xaverian.
The motivating force behind this is the pope and those who assist him in the Vatican. There is nothing that can be done about that because it is a separate country with its own laws. It does not give the same enlightened civil rights to its people as we have here in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Yet, it is behind this massive violation that is occurring here and there is no doubt that it is aware it is acting in defiance of the civil rights of Massachusetts citizens yet it has indicated its intention not to do anything about it.
How this will affect the membership in the Church remains to be seen. It appears that many Catholics simply do not care that their Church is violating the civil rights of others. Their high schools continue to operate in defiance of the law. How can it be that such widespread discrimination is allowed to continue?
I will not go into the law that is being violated today so as not to interfere with your Sunday. I will continue to discuss this throughout the week not specifically in reference to the Church but you will after reading the following posts understand how much the Church flaunts the law.