First off, unfortunately how can a story about sexual abuse by Catholic priests and its cover up even be considered news? It is an all too familiar story that just keeps repeating itself all over the world. The characters have different names but the stories are the same.
This morning, I read a headline that said Pope Benedict considers this “a test.” This is the ploy the hierarchy of the Catholic Church always seems to fall back on when truth comes knocking at its door: to cast themselves as the victims. What is most shameful in this particular case is that the real victims were truly some of the most vulnerable members of society, they were deaf children.
William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights declared on “Larry King Live” on Monday night that the Pope had been smeared, this all happened “a long time ago”, etcetera. What is most outrageous about him and the Church hierarchy as a whole is that they refuse to acknowledge the atrocity of the crimes they are defending. It referred to by therapists as “DIM” thinking: Deny, Ignore, Minimize.
It’s hard for me to even pay attention to “the scandal” any longer. The sight of the two priests and Donohue the other night almost made me physically ill. I could only watch a few minutes, and solely for the cynical amusement of hearing the same old story from these men. A big part of recovery to me is to accept that these people who claim to be “men of God” will never change. There’s no incentive. They have too much money and power and they’ve gotten away with their crimes for far too long. They have no remorse for what’s happened. Their apologies are insincere. Money and power are their gods, not love & compassion. A dog that bites is a dog that bites.
The hierarchy of the Catholic Church should held accountable for their crimes and no longer be allowed to hide behind their vestments and their image of morality. It is time to stop allowing the perpetrator to morph into the victim. It is another slap in the face of those whom they truly victimized. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger needs to stop hiding behind the guise of “Pope Benedict” and take responsibility for his actions.