There has been lots of hair-splitting by the Roman Catholic Church when it comes to the sexual abuse of boys and girls that occured under its auspices. Yes, I know, it is about money. Honesty vs. legal suits. Doesn't that smack of something terribly sickening to you? What obligation does any church body have in regard to this kind of child abuse? And what kind of obligation does a Church that historically burned people at the stake, told them they were going to hell if they interacted with Protestants, that using birth control in an overpopulated world was a sin, ad infinitum, ...what kind of obligation does it have to be at least honest when it comes to the horrible "sin" of pedophilia?
Inasmuch as I am not a relgious person, I am hesitant to be this openly critical of the Roman Church, even in this autrocious cover-up. But too much of society has remained silent. This pedophilia is not just an unadmitted sin by the Church itself, it has been placed in a maze of camouflage and denial by priests, bishops, archbishops, and cardinals. When does a shocked society say, "Enough!"? When does society step forward and say, "We demand that you come clean about all this pedophilia?" Half-truths are not enough. Hidden information in each case is not tolerated.
It is amazing that bishops and archbishops and cardinals continue the lying and cover-up, and expect us to buy the sham. There is way too much winking by church officials to the "faithful." The wink is to be subtle in communicating to parishioners that the Church is trying to save money and protect itself. We understand, Mr. Archbishop. We understand all too well. And the time to come clean is now. And now means today! Yet each day brings a new indication of the cover-up that is going on in some distant or near part of the country. Fess up!
Inasmuch as you have done this to the least of these [children], you have done it to me.