I’m sorry, is being a pedophile a prerequisite to joining the Catholic priesthood?
Courtesy of KTEN:
Catholic leaders in Texas have identified 286 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children, a number that represents one of the largest collection of names to be released since an explosive grand jury report last year in Pennsylvania.
Fourteen dioceses in Texas named those credibly accused of abuse. The only diocese not to provide names, Fort Worth, did so more than a decade ago and then provided an updated accounting in October.
There are only a handful of states where every diocese has released names and most of them have only one or two Catholic districts. Arkansas, for instance, is covered by the Diocese of Little Rock, which in September provided a preliminary list of 12 former priests, deacons and others. Oklahoma has two districts: The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is scheduled to publicly identify accused priests on Feb. 28 and the Diocese of Tulsa previously named two former priests accused of predatory behavior.
The move by Texas church leaders follows a shocking Pennsylvania report in August detailing seven decades of child sexual abuse by more than 300 predator priests. Furthermore, the Illinois attorney general reported last month that at least 500 Catholic clergy in that state had sexually abused children.
In the months after that report, about 50 dioceses and religious provinces have released the names of nearly 1,250 priests and others accused of abuse. Approximately 60 percent of them have died. About 30 other dioceses are investigating or have promised to release names of credibly accused priests in the coming months.
We keep hearing about more of this kind of abuse within the Catholic church year after year.
And yet parents still allow themselves to be convinced that religion is the key to morality and that those involved in their churches are of the highest integrity.
So they send their babies into an environment where they are victimized over and over again.
If anything even remotely approaching a scale of this magnitude had happened in any other institution, whether it was a national after-school program, a local school district, or the Boy Scouts of America, those organizations would have been shut down.
But something about religion inoculates it from the kind of harsh criticisms and consequences that one would automatically assume would result from reports like this.
But not in my world.
Fuck the Catholic church, fuck organized religion, and fuck the idea that morality is represented by faith in ancient superstitions.