And yet, the well orchestrated conspiracy of silence that allowed child rape by Catholic clergy to continue long after it was known seems impossible to excuse. So why do so many Catholics continue to excuse it?
From a recent AP report published in USA Today:
The accused priests were left in ministry, often transferred to unsuspecting parishes.The abuse itself was bad enough; the idea that church officials knew about it and permitted it to continue is unconscionable. One should rightly expect a mass exodus from the Catholic Church, but that may not happen if Catholics like Joseph Fuisz are at all typical.
Mr. Fuisz, a Catholic who has been following the trial closely, was quoted as saying:
None of these scandals rock my faith. I believe in church teaching and these scandals don't cause me to doubt it.If this does not cause him to question his faith, what would? And if the answer is nothing, what does that say about Mr. Fuisz?
My question, once again, is this: what would the Catholic Church have to do in order for American Catholics to leave in droves? How bad does this have to get before Catholics wake up?
- There is ample evidence of "endemic" molestation and rape by church officials, which has been concealed for decades.
- The church has paid bribes to keep child rape quiet.
- A child safety coordinator employed by the church was himself convicted of child pornography.
- Instead of instituting major reforms to reduce child rape, the church has decided to attack those who do not share their god belief.
- The church has opposed the Child Victims Act in New York.
- Catholic groups have repeatedly blamed child rape on the victims, the media, and homosexuality.