Good morning, all.
I had the radio on this morning on my way to work, and heard a disturbing blurb on the news about the Vatican. It really got me upset, so I just wanted to vent for a second. I know you'll not take offense or misunderstand me. :)
In support of full disclosure, I am a former Catholic. The last time I went to weekly mass was the Sunday before they elected the current Pope. The man gives me shivers (the bad kind).
The Vatican is now pulling out some little known legal ruling from the middle 1960's to protect themselves from being held accountable in the hiding of sex offenders. Apparently hiding sex offenders whose prey are minors are not specifically mentioned in the court ruling, so the church's behavior is A-OK. They also say that the bishop who was a convicted sex offender is not "on their payroll", so the Vatican cannot be held accountable for his behavior.
Given all that, doesn't all of this legal maneuvering fly in the face of common decency, no less religion? Am I missing something? They know that this behavior is wrong. Why wouldn't they throw themselves on the mercy of the courts, and vow that it will never happen again? Isn't that what a good and moral person is supposed to do when they know they have done something terribly wrong? How could this be any sort of moral model for anyone? (OK, the Catholic church has never been a fabulous moral model for anyone.) How can so many millions (billions?) of people line up behind this behavior and say it's ok? I'm so sad about it. Perhaps it's the slap in the face that many good Catholics need to wake up to what is really happening in the world, but I'm afraid it won't work... Most folks don't think too hard about the religion they were born into.
As the cherry on top of this hideousness, the pope made some big proclamation this weekend about gay marriage being an "insidious threat". Two people standing before God and country to pledge their lifelong love to one another is an insidious threat... but the church's most honored men touching little boys and damaging them for life isn't. He needs to get the log out of his eye before he starts trying to get the speck out of anyone else's.
Ok, team. Sorry for the Monday morning rant. I just needed to express, and hopefully hear some feedback from my peeps. :) Sending you all peaceful vibes and many blessings.
Much love and light,