As with anything else, the crime is bad, but the coverup makes it far, far, worse. And considering just how bad the crime was in this case, that’s saying a lot.
Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania have molested more than 1,000 children and senior church officials, including the now archbishop of Washington, D.C., systematically covered up the abuse.
A grand jury report released Tuesday reveals the horrific predatory behavior which included making young boys rinse their mouths with holy water to ‘purify’ them after they were forced to give oral sex to clergymen and the abuse of one boy who was made to pose naked as Jesus while other priests took pornographic pictures.
The priests would mark out which boys had been groomed for abuse by giving them gold crosses to wear as necklaces.
The 800-page report refers to more than 300 priests in six diocese where children were raped, plied with alcohol, or forced to perform for clergymen to produce pornographic material since the mid-1950s.
If cultural credibility is ever to be regained, the world will have to see that wolves among the sheep are ruthlessly put down, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
If they fail to do so, look back to the Book of I Samuel, and see just how failing to reign in bad behavior worked out, not just for the offenders themselves, but for Old Eli who should have put a stop to their behavior himself He got judged for NOT doing so.
(Spoiler alert: it went badly.)