Would someone please, please, please tell me how anyone, and I mean ANYONE, can remain Catholic in light of the depth and reach of the Pedophile Priest SCANDAL that's happened around the world for the past 50 years!!! I honestly can't wrap my head around it. I mean, we're talking about priests! They were in a position of complete respect and authority and they were literally RAPING CHILDREN! Think about that. Raping children. And not just a few isolated incidents; and certainly not just a few 'bad apples'. It was tens of thousands of children. And it was THOUSANDS of priests. And even if you buy into the notion that it's due to repressed sexuality by the priests not being able to marry and all of that, or you say that it's no worse with priests than it is in any other walk of life, listen to what you are saying! These are PRIESTS! We're told they represent GOD, for crying out loud. Are you kidding me?!? And even if you can say, well, it's not MY priest, or my parish, or my church, or my diocese, do you just close your eyes to the fact that it is at SOMEONE else's church and parish?!? Do you just ignore the fact that the actions of these 'Men of God' have literally destroyed the lives of your fellow human beings, fellow Catholics; people that deserve nothing but your compassion and sympathy, especially when you know deep down it just as easily could have been you? And if you do choose to be blind to these things, then I say, "What in the hell is wrong with you?"
And ultimately, even if you can perform the Olympian level mental gymnastics that are required in order to justify your rationalizations somehow, or you've decided to close your eyes to it, or you've figured out some way that it's ok with you, how do you reconcile, or rationalize, that the ACTUAL Catholic Church itself, from the very top, yes, from the Vatican and every level on down, covered it up, lied to victims, paid people off, hired expensive lawyers to discredit victims and moved priests around to where they could commit the same crimes somewhere else?!? Please tell me, how in God's name do you reconcile THAT and stay in that immoral organization? How? If I found out tomorrow that my boss was involved with, or was complicit in anything to do with pedophilia, I simply wouldn't work there anymore. I'd quit immediately and assist vigorously with the criminal prosecution! I simply can't grasp how anyone at all can think that the Catholic Church has even the slightest bit of moral authority at this point! I really can't. Their "actual body of Christ" crackers, their silly little outfits, their dogma, their rituals, their moralizing, how does anyone buy into any of it anymore? It's beyond my ability to comprehend!
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