by Dan Savage
on Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 12:28 PM
Someone needs to explain that to him:
And then tell him that we take it back: it's the crime too, apologistdouche.
We expect God's representatives on earth—men who claim for themselves the power to absolve other people of their sins and who believe they have a divine right to place limits on other people's sexual and reproductive freedoms (including people who do not ascribe to their faith)—to hold themselves to a slightly higher standard when it comes to CHILD RAPE than, say, school teachers who make no such claims. And if the church hadn't worked so hard to cover up the crimes committed by child rapists in the priesthood—and worked so hard to enable ordained child rapists to continue raping children—we wouldn't be finding out about all the cases of children who've been raped by Catholic priests all at once. And if the church had taken action against ordained child rapists when they were exposed—by going to the police, assisting in the prosecution of these criminals, and defrocking them (intimidating the victims, silencing witnesses, and subjecting the rapists to "counseling" before shuffling them off to new parishes where they could rape again does not count as "taking action")—maybe there wouldn't be quite so many cases of child rape to talk about. You see, the Catholic Church's cover ups made it possible for many ordained/career child rapists to prey on hundreds of children over many decades. Which is why the cover up of these crimes—which is ongoing (claims that media reports about these crimes are a part of an orchestrated anti-Catholic campaign are the next stage of the cover up)—matters.
I'm running out the door and don't have time to do the math—or check this guy's facts—but there are 6.8 million teachers in the United States compared to 41,489 priests. I would hope that the church's apolodouche isn't suggesting that Catholic parents shouldn't be upset when priests rape their children because priests don't rape as many children as, say, teachers do in real numbers. Unless, of course, the apolodouche works for The Onion:
VATICAN CITY—Calling the behavior shameful, sinful, and much more frequent than the Vatican was comfortable with, Pope Benedict XVI vowed this week to bring the widespread pedophilia within the Roman Catholic Church down to a more manageable level. Addressing thousands gathered at St. Peter's Square on Easter Sunday, the pontiff offered his "most humble apologies" to abuse victims, and pledged to reduce the total number of molestations by 60 percent over the next five years.
"This is absolutely unacceptable," Pope Benedict said. "It seems a weakening of faith in God has prevented our priests from exercising moderation when sexually abusing helpless minors." ... "The truth is there will always be a little bit of molestation—it's simply unavoidable," Vatican spokesperson Rev. Federico Lombardi said. "But the fact that young boys have gotten much more attractive over the past few decades is no excuse for the blatant defiance of church limits that have been in place for centuries."
"The majority of priests don't want to molest kids at all," he added. "But for those who do, we must make sure they're doing it at a reasonable rate."