Are They Better Than Me?

Priest2(photo from Telegraph.co.uk)

This is Neil Gallanagh. The Church decided not to unfrock him even if abused boys.

Deaf boys.

Priest3(photo from The Guardian.Com)

Bernard Cardinal Law covered-up hundreds of sexual abuse of children by priests of the Archdiocese of Boston.

He’s still inside the Church.

John Paul II (yes, the so called Saint) in 2004 made him archpriest of St. Mary Major, one of the Eternal City’s four Patriarchal basilicas.

 

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31 responses to “Are They Better Than Me?

  1. It’s time to clean house.

  2. But a very deep cleaning!

  3. Obviously your question is rhetorical—-the answer is a resounding “NO”. They are despicable human beings. But let’s not commit the logical error of moving from “some” to “all”. We can’t paint all priests with the same tainted paintbrush that we paint these two. There is a need for systemic change in the Roman Catholic church. Hopefully Pope Francis will be God’s instrument to bring about that change, although he faces tremendous odds in doing so. But with God’s help, , nothing is impossible.

    • Dear Pastor, thank you for your insightful comment! Of course the question is completely rhetorical, purposely so. It is far from me not to understand that there are so many great priests, nuns, monks, members of third orders, bishops, cardinals and so on that are full of Christ and do give honor to His teachings. I’ve used this two as an example of how indeed the Bishops should look inside their house before telling divorced men and women (my case) that they cannot take communion. It is about time (my real point as I have written so many times), that the conservatives, blind, deaf, and obtuse bishops, most of them nominated by a furious reactionary that ultimately did so much damage to the Church, understand the reality of this world and so that the Church finally can meet the people and not always viceversa. I do think that Francis understand that, but there are forces within the Curia, that do not make his mission easy.
      By the way, I am Catholic.

      • I totally agree with you. We have the same problem in Protestant churches whose leaders are there not to live the gospel but to live royally and not practice what they preach. This is especially true in many megachurches in the U.S. Also the super conservatives in our protestant churches give a bad name to Christianity as a whole by their bigotry, their discriminatory practices against gays and theithe laws they put forward to keep women from having the right to choose for or against abortion in all circumstances, rape and incest included. Too many church leaders do not follow the one they claim to follow—Jesus—and do not act toward the poor, the mentally challenged, the, the thief, and those on the margins of society in the same way that Jesus did. Case in point—in my state of Kansas, the governor of the state, supposedly an outstanding conservative Christian, refused to allow federal funds to be used to extend medicare—-leaving over 100,000 Kansans without health insurance who could have had health insurance—-How “Christian” is that?

      • I know only too well what you are saying. The hypocrisy is so disturbing. Especially from people like that one you have described. The “self-righteous-tea-party-self appointed preferred children of God whitey against immigration let’s nuke the muslim”. People that still think that Ronald Reagan was a great president who defeated communism together with his cronies Maggie Tatcher and John PaulII.
        Where are Compassion? Charity? Love? Often times where you don’t expect. And often times far away from heaven.

      • You are correct no doubt in my mind that the church like all of the corporations as relegated morality into a place far behind profit image and success all of which of course equal power.

        There are many voices from courageous people like you continuing to remind us about the atrocity of the action created by such people. Unfortunately most of the world is turning a deaf ear; some because they do not want to hear and some because they do not want to deal with what they hear.
        None of this lessens The meaningful nature of your outcry and I wanted you to know that at least I read it, Felt it, and share your feelings.

      • What would be encouraging would be for two things to happen: first for those within the church to begin to protest the lack of action to deal with those of their members Who have committed such acts. I think the South African model of justice in which deeds are confessed and forgiveness is given while protecting the population from further abuse is a good model. Secondly for those who understand the church’s refusal to except responsibility for and accept this problem in the light of public scrutiny to leave the church while remaining Catholic as an expression of no confidence in the spiritual integrity of the

  4. If one “believes” in the “Church” as correct in practice then at the moment and traditionally then THEY ARE better than you.

    When one is abused and stays with the system that abuses them that person should take a very close look at that!

    If you are attempting to get rid of cockroaches you have to fumigate the entire building.(or system as the case might be)

    Tubularsock would think long and hard before he would allow any child to be with a priest or nun alone knowing what we all know now.

    Blind belief is ALWAYS a lost cause …….. that is why “God” gave one a brain.

  5. There is the adage that ‘you look after your own’ and this is certainly true of the Catholic Church of the past, now lets hope that it is not of the current and certainly the future. Unfortunately this is not only true of the Catholic Church but of many other institutions, all need to be cleansed, but that will never be the end, for abuse will always be there, so it is the responsibility of all to be forever vigilant. Then when it does occur, the abusers needs to be dealt with and those at risk of harm be protected.

  6. Reblogged this on 61chrissterry and commented:
    There is the adage that ‘you look after your own’ and this is certainly true of the Catholic Church of the past, now lets hope that it is not of the current and certainly the future. Unfortunately this is not only true of the Catholic Church but of many other institutions, all need to be cleansed, but that will never be the end, for abuse will always be there, so it is the responsibility of all to be forever vigilant. Then when it does occur, the abusers needs to be dealt with and those at risk of harm be protected.

    • First of all,Thank you for re-blogging this.
      I agree with your comment of course, but what is immensely disturbing is that the same people that are doing horrible things (or those that are protecting them) tell to perfectly good people because either divorced or gay that there is really not room for them. This is the limitation about Francis: how to deal with his bishops.

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  8. Maybe it’s time for the church to allow priests to marry and then they might not have to abuse children. There is no where in the Bible that tells of Christ abusing children, so those priests have no example to follow other than the devil. It may not have been God’s plan for his son to marry, but there’s nothing that says I am holier with celibacy or that requires it. My salvation is from asking forgiveness and accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior. That’s it.

  9. You are correct no doubt in my mind that the church like all of the corporations as relegated morality into a place far behind profit image and success all of which of course equal power.

    There are many voices from courageous people like you continuing to remind us about the atrocity of the action created by such people. Unfortunately most of the world is turning a deaf ear; some because they do not want to hear and some because they do not want to deal with what they hear.
    None of this lessens The meaningful nature of your outcry and I wanted you to know that at least I read it, Felt it, and share your feelings.

  10. apw

    Like any large, self-governing organisation, there are too many vested interests to ever act with openness and integrity.

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  12. And this is one of many reasons why I consider myself a “lapsed Catholic”!
    Great post!

  13. And, they accepted Tony Blair into their church!!

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