Cardinal Pell states that the proposed Royal Commission into child abuse will provide the Catholic Church with the opportunity to “clear the air” over the issue. He agrees that numerous Church clergy have raped and abused young children – big deal how could he not acknowledge this? – but he argues that this Commission will give the Church the ability to identify the exaggerations that have occurred on the scale of this abuse and will demonstrate that the Church is not covering things up. His claim is also that the Church’s sins are somehow less serious given that the crime is widespread – a human failing and, of course, God’s messengers are so very human. Sexual abuse of young children according to Pell is a universal failing and has nothing particularly to do with the Church-chosen men and women of God. Finally, Pell also questions whether the continued controversy over these issues will help the victims.
There is ongoing evidence that Cardinal Pell’s claims about openness are unbelieveable and that the possibility of airing publicly the crimes committed against children will offer benefits to those who were abused. Recent evidence suggests that at least 1 in 20 priests are child abusers with the figure likely to be higher than this. Parents should keep their children well away from Catholic priests and should never trust them – this one blamed God for his inclinations to threaten and rape young boys.
Cardinal Pell is making a last ditch effort to protect the Catholic Church’s image in Australia by portraying the Commission as something that will, at best, improve the tattered public image of the Church. Further shocking revelations by the Commissions can only then according to the Pell presumption be part of the already-identified exaggerations. Pell’s diversionary tactic of identifying anti-Catholic prejudice as an issue helps create a smokescreen not a clearing of the air. It is, indeed, unfortunate if people display “prejudice” in making unwarranted adverse judgements about the Church. But I don’t think that has been happening. The Church does both spread religious lies and guilt-ridden neuroses using as inputs God-fearing, sex-starved clerical perverts - that is a fact not prejudice. Praise the Lord boys and girls – on your knees! It is entirely reasonable to feel deeply for the lives ruined and terminated by child abusers operating under the guise of God-fearing religion. It doesn’t get uglier than this God’s-messenger-driven hypocrisy.
The Church is built on lies, its teachings are lies and a significant fraction of the clergy who constitute it, comprise the evil tail end of the human spectrum. The rest of its clergy are deluded.
Update: Mike Carlton offers a useful account of Pell’s disingenuity. Pell seeks to defend Rome and the Church in the face of the indefensible. One wonders if what Pell is really concerned with is the possibility of a 50% reduction in Church attendance as has happened in God-fearing Ireland following the inquiry into child abuse by clergy there.