True, ten years ago, The Boston Globe broke a story covering years of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests and employees of the Archdiocese of Boston.
However, this "ten years" thing is, while not, I'm sure, deliberate? It's still a ruse. Male adolescents, and children, were sexually abused by male priests and other diocese employees for decades.
So can we dispense with the "10 Year" crap, unless we want to congratulate Michael Paulson and his Globe team for breaking the story? (Which I do, by the way.)
Thank you. Sheesh. It's headlines like this that make me want to warm up to groups I normally look askance at...like SNAP and -- what was their name? Oh yes, "Voice of the People."
Face it folks. "Ten Years Later," the Catholic Church's perverts—may God have mercy on them—got caught. As did their enablers. Say it to yourselves. I promise you, you'll feel better. Or, maybe not better, but you can at least congratulate yourselves on being honest.
But what really happened "Ten Years" ago?
Well, for one thing, the idiots who let this perversity go on without even considering the ramifications walked right into the devil's snare...giving the aforementioned groups like "Voice of the Faithful" and other, even more perverse groups like "Dignity" the opportunity they'd been salivating for: "changing" the Church.
[insert harp-like memorable music here]
I can still hear it now:
"Oh, gosh, if only priests were allowed to marry." (Not, of course, even giving a nod to the fact that the VAST majority of abusers were men attracted to young boys.)
"My dear, if only women were allowed to become priests!" (Without, of course, even doffing their hats to the Church's dictum that such a thing was impossible.)
"I'm leaving the Church, dammit!" (This, of course, from—not all, but very, very many—folks who hadn't darkened a Catholic church door in years.)
And even today:
"Hey, let the lay folks run the Mass!"
"Hey, it's Gay Pride Week—let's have a Mass to celebrate!"
"Hey, I know...let's invite dissident priest Father Gumdrop to give us a good pep talk!"
"Hey, didja hear? Sister Maggie Sugarplum was just ordained!!!"
The list goes on, but you get my point. Or if you don't, think about it.
And then there were the "cures" [gag]
Foremost among them? Why "Talking About Touching" of course! An abominable "program" started around 2004 or so, that exposed little kids—I'm talking about six-year-olds here—to "preventative" lessons which pretty much taught little kids to beware of their own family members. Google it.
Let's face it, folks. "Ten Years Later" is a stupid phrase to acknowledge the fact that Church leadership—the Church founded by my Best Friend Jesus Christ—let jerks come in and try to destroy Her.
The Good News? They didn't.
The bad news? They're still trying.
And they've been given carte blanche, practically because for years—not a decade, but years—the folks in charge let things slide.
Cardinal O'Malley's letter to the Archdiocese of Boston made it very clear that, despite the millions of dollars given over to sexual abuse victims, to new "programs," etc., etc., the letter was not a congratulatory pose.
Good. Because we don't need a pulled-out shoulder caused from patting ourselves on the back to hurt us even further.
May God continue to bless you.
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