Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Once again, If you're Catholic, sexual abuse of children is a-okay!
I said it here before, at least a few times--if you're some Catholic leader of virtually any kind and you sexually abuse a child, a student, say, in a Catholic school, chances are you're going to get away with it. And that, ladies and gentlemen, amazingly enough--to some of us, anyway--is EXACTLY what happened yet again, today, for one Bishop Finn who broke the law by not reporting sexual abuse but, lo and behold, he got away with it and got off virtually scot-free, too. You know the headline, likely. This one is from The Kansas City Star this afternoon: Bishop Finn avoids indictment by entering diversion program Bishop Finn gets to report in--in the future--for the next five years, once a month, and tell what he knows about any possible NEW sexual abuse or misconduct cases so he's off the hook. He gets away with breaking the law. Never mind that he didn't report that last sexual abuse case of Shawn Ratigan. Forget that. Let's just all go forward from here, eh? Makes you want to be a Catholic, doesn't it? Well, almost. This is the most egregious abuse of justice and travesty of this entire school, church and justice system I can imagine. Bishop Finn has no shame at all. How disgusting. How revolting. What's that old quote? You know, the one from the Bible? Oh, yeah, it's this one: "It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones." --Luke 17:2, King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.). If you weren't disgusted, you should be now, regardless of religion but especially if you're a practicing Catholic. Shame on you, Bishop Finn. If there were a hell, there should be an especially hot place in it for you. But at the same time, congratulations--you broke the law, you let down the children in three different schools in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese, protected yourself, the Catholic hierarchy (read: your own butt) and the Catholic Church (sort of, in a sick twisted way we won't continue to tolerate), all at once. With this line of thinking, Jerry Sandusky should be able to get off easily over at Penn State, no matter what he did in those showers with those 10 year old boys, shouldn't he, Bishop? Maybe you can go help him with his case. For once I thought the right thing was going to finally happen, here. Sadly, it didn't and won't. Having said all this, there's only one thing left to say or think and that is that Sinead O'Connor was right, years ago and that she is vindicated in her earlier actions: If anyone should think there aren't a lot of us out here who are beyond disappointed in this action today, but downright angry, they would be very much mistaken. Fight the real enemy. Links: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/11/15/3267619/bishop-finn-avoids-indictment.html; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hK6z-DMBis; http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=12379