Since I moved to the Freethought Blogs network, I have a bunch of new readers who aren’t familiar with my greatest hits from my old, pre-FTB blog. So I’m linking to some of them, about one a day, to introduce them to the new folks.
Today’s archive treasure: “But Everyone Else Does It!” Andrew Brown and the Defense of the Catholic Church Child Rape Scandal. The tl;dr: Andrew Brown wrote a defense of the Catholic Church’s behavior in the ongoing worldwide child rape scandal, saying that priests aren’t the only authority figures to rape children, and it’s not fair to single the Catholic Church out for criticism. I respond by ripping him a new asshole.
A nifty pull quote:
The Church knew about widespread reports of priests repeatedly molesting children… and instead of acting to protect the children, they acted to protect the priests, and themselves. Thus deliberately and knowingly putting more children in the way of known child rapists, solely for their pure self-interest.
Repeatedly. Time and time again. In every part of the world. As a cold-blooded matter of Church policy.
That is the scandal.
The fact that some adults in positions of trust and authority over children violated that trust by raping them? That is a tragedy. The fact that the Catholic Church knew about it — and instead of reporting the child rapists to the police, they deliberately shielded them from detection and criminal investigation? The fact that the Church moved child rapists from parish to parish, thus exposing even more children to them? The fact that they lied to law enforcement, concealed evidence, even paid off witnesses… purely to protect their organization from looking bad?
That, Mr. Brown, is the scandal.
You fucking moral imbecile.