I’m sure we’re all pretty versed in the disgraceful behavior of the Catholic Church hierarchy in the pedophile scandal. As horrendous as the actions of the involved priests were, they were criminal matters and should have been handled as such. The disgrace to me has been the Church’s own reaction: cover up by bishops, cover up by Vatican hierarchy, tolerance of the behavior. A good deal of the cover up was also criminal behavior, but no need to hold our breaths on that one.
As a woman, raised Catholic, who left its odd embrace in my late teens, I’ve always viewed it as a ‘woman hating’ institution. I still feel that way. Ironically, had they been able to get past that and abandon celibacy, I don’t believe this would ever have happened.
If priests were parents, if bishops were parents, this would never have been tolerated. It’s their very place outside the human experience that allowed such perversion of moral judgement to thrive.