There is no point defending the indefensible. So I won’t.
Collectively, Catholic bishops have been an abysmal failure for the last two generations.
They have failed society by allowing scandalous sexual abuse to hide and flourish inside the Church.
They have failed Catholic politicians.
And they have failed Catholics who love the faith.
As a Catholic, it is the worst possible truth that I could write. But it is true.
There can be no doubt that paedophilia has been protected inside the Church. It may not be as bad as the portrayal in the media. But it may also be worse.
I cannot censure those in society who hate the Church and point this out. And it is completely understandable why so many have left the Church in disgust. The bishops can blame no-one but themselves for this situation.
People aren’t stupid.
The problem with paedophilia inside the Catholic Church stems from the fact that the Church hierarchy have failed to weed out those who live perverted sexual lives.
The evidence pointing to rampant homosexuality within elements of the clergy is overwhelming.
The new Pope has recently admitted this, as did the last. In fact, in 2005 the Vatican issued orders forbidding homosexuals from admission to seminaries. What is astounding is the fact that this order was even required.
How can someone who engages in sexual activity that is condemned by the Church possibly be considered for a leadership role? Or given responsibility to uphold the Church’s teaching or provide an example to the faithful?
The truth is that if authorities are interested in finding clergy who have abused children or covered it up, then they should start by investigating the homosexual clergy.
I’m not saying that all child-abusing clergy are inclined towards homosexuality. However, it would seem that most are.
The facts speak for themselves.
Wikipedia might not be a completely accurate source, but that doesn’t mean it’s always wrong either. In any case, it’s a good place to start.
And the overwhelming number of incidents listed on the Wikipedia page dedicated to sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church in Australia show that the abused were boys.
Yes, it’s possible to argue that’s because priests were mainly working with boys. It’s possible to argue that they were the only available target.
But that is an assumption. And it is tenuous, to say the least.
Catholic reforms have long been co-ed. Schools have long been co-ed. And there are have been altar girls for a long time.
But it seems that has not changed the target.
So, if anyone is really interested in getting to the bottom of sexual abuse in the clergy, they must ask the question: why so many boys?
I would suggest the answer is obvious. But I am not conducting the investigation.
The real test for our governments and institutions is whether they’ll ask that question. And I would also suggest that failing to do so would be nothing more than assisting in a new cover-up.