When you run an organization and you find people engaging in child rape, forced labor, child theft and the other atrocities that the Catholic church has engaged in…the right thing to do is say “Hey, we discovered a problem in our organization. The actions these people took do NOT represent our values. We are cooperating with the authorities to bring these people to justice and we are taking steps to ensure that this sort of act can never darken our doorway again. We offer our sincere apologies to the victims and we intend to work to regain your trust and confidence in the future. We wish that we had known about this sooner, so that we could have correct this before more people were hurt.” Etc.
That’s not what the Catholic church has done. They had policies that shielded people from prosecution. They’ve denied accusations. They’ve obstructed justice. They’ve blamed the victims. They’ve avoided the subject….they’ve done whatever they felt they needed to do in order to try to protect the reputation of the church. They’re wrong…and some of what they’ve done is criminal.
The fact that you feel the need to come here and defend them - to the point of accusing some portion of us of being conspiracy theorists is absolutely pathetic. Go…pray…search your heart and figure out why you’re willing to support pedophiles and the people who protect them. Why are you willing to make excuses for people who have stolen children, threatened pregnant teens and created workhouses for people suspected of wanting to have sex outside of wedlock?Matt Dillahunty on the catholic church