I follow a few anti-theists on Twitter. I’m not sure why — maybe it goes back to before I was okay with being religious again myself — but I do. I’ve been wondering whether to unfollow these folks. I mean, I’m not AGAINST religion, am I? I’m not here arguing that all forms of religion are backward, evil or whatever, am I? I’m not here saying that no good can ever come of any religion, am I?
Except that that is what I’ve been saying about the Catholic Church. I’ve looked upon those fighting statute of limitation reform as cowards, or worse. I have looked upon every good that the Church has done, and is doing, as being completely nullified by the sexual abuse and the cover-ups. I haven’t cared if a particular diocese, or the entire Church itself, goes bankrupt. Let it burn, I’ve been saying.
People like Bill Donohue don’t make it easy, mind you. He’s the president of the Catholic League. He says that victims are “out to rape the Catholic Church.” I just want to take him by his lapels and throttle him. HOW DARE YOU, SIR. How dare you appropriate the language of rape for what the victims want from the Church, you sleazy little man. Part of me wants to write him a version of the same letter I sent a few dioceses way back when.
No one and nothing on this plane of existence is completely good; no one and nothing is completely bad. My anger at the Church’s sins is justified; my hatred is not.
So to those willing to work with the Church to find solutions and move forward, I say to you a heartfelt “good luck.” Hopefully justice can exist without bankruptcy.
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