I will assume that most of you have seen by now that another Catholic priest is a suspect in child sexual abuse. The Vatican had to withdraw one of its diplomats from the US following allegations that he violated US laws in regard to possessing child pornography. It was reported that the Vatican was asked to lift his diplomatic immunity so that he could be charged, but the request was denied.
This time I am not going to go through the outrage of yet another priest being charged being protected by higher ups in the church. So much for the new levels of accountability and transparency that Pope Francis promised. Same shit, different priest, it looks like. I am going to hold my outrage over that to make what may be a larger, more comprehensive point.
This is proof the Catholic Church — from Francis on down — doesn’t believe its own shit.
Now, with all the “this is still just alleged” caveats in place, we can use this guy or anyone of the Catholic priests in similar situations to show this.
So, if you really believed that there was an eternal god who watched everything you do and who could send you down to eternal torment and damnation, would you really be downloading child porn to your computer?
This is not some case of rationalization: “If I browse incognito, my wife will never find out, and any way divorce ain’t so bad.” This is a guy risking eternal damnation from an all seeing, all knowing god. There is no way to rationalize or hide his guilt.
Normally, I would say, “There is no way to really know what someone believes,” but in this kind of case we have some serious clues. In this case he seems afraid of facing the civil authorities, looks like he is more afraid of jail time than eternal damnation. Seriously? Jail worse than hell? Apparently so. This guy clearly doesn’t believe what the church preaches.
And neither does Pope Franky. If there really was a god who has strategy sessions with Franky, what do you think the chances are that secrecy and coverup is what god would recommend at this point? Maybe at some point it could have been argued that covering up a stray case or two might have been best for the organization (I would not make such an argument, but it could be made). But that time is well past. This kind of report clearly hurts the organization, with Franky risking being dismissed as just another hypocrite.
But is Franky at all concerned about divine retribution toward himself or the church? Sure as hell doesn’t seem like it. Sure seems like the attitude is, “If we can sweep this under the rug until people forget, we are OK.” But god supposedly sees all and remembers forever.
I usually say that we can’t really know what people really believe, but judging from their actions, the Catholic church believes in a god that is much more concerned about what people eat for lunch on Fridays than about stopping child sexual abuse.
And these are the kinds of “absolute moral standards” that belief in god is supposed to bring us.