“What does Dolan’s whiny deflecting and excuse-making say about the church as an arbiter of ethical values? These pompous assholes run around in their poofy robes and dresses shaking smoke-filled decanters with important expressions on their faces and pretending to great insight about grace and humility, but here we have the head of the largest Diocese in America teaching his entire congregation that when caught committing a terrible sin, the appropriate response is to blame the media and pull the “All the other kids were doing it, too!” stunt!
I was raised Catholic but stopped going to church at the age of 12. I was a complete idiot at that age with regard to almost every other area of human knowledge, but even I knew back then that the church was a scam. There are good and decent people working as individual priests, but the institution as a whole is a gang of cheap charlatans preying on peoples’ guilt feelings (which of course are cultivated intentionally by the church, which teaches children to be ashamed of their natural sexuality) in order to solicit a lifetime of contributions.
That’s all the church is. They’re a giant for-profit company using predatory salesmanship to sell what they themselves know is a defective, outmoded, basically unnecessary product. They’ll use any means necessary to keep their market share and if they have to lie and cheat and deflect and point fingers to keep the racket going, they’ll do it, just like any other sleazeball company.”
Religion, just like politics is a very touchy subject. I, too, never really ‘got’ religion. I always thought it was the continued marketing of a book or story, akin to people using a modern novel of today to tell a morality story in a few hundred years time. I am not religious, I do not go to church, in fact the Japanese Shinto ‘religion'(?)/’faith'(?) makes more sense to me that Christianity, Islam etc. Whatever the spin, the frame of reference or belief, child abuse is despicable and as Matt says in his article ‘if someone molested my child and was allowed back in the priesthood, I’d be reaching for an axe’.