Time’s Up for our Punishment of The Catholic Church
And our silence on the path to redemption for all of the abusers of the world, while we continue to ignore the survivors whose lives will never be the same.
It’s been over a week since the first expose about the most recent slew of Catholic Priests (specifically in Pennsylvania — I haven’t stayed up to date with any others that may have come out around the world since then, I’m sure there has been at least another) was brought to light by the #MeToo Media. And I’m deeply concerned about what’s next. There may be thousands of survivors that will never get their childhoods back, suffer physical, psychological and emotional scars that bare down on them every day, and may never be able to enjoy a healthy relationship with another human being because of the trust that was taken from them when they were far too young to understand why. BUT, what about the hundreds (more likely thousands) of men who climbed up the religious ladder to gain such a high status that they felt it was their right to get away with deeply disturbing acts of abuse against children, parishioners, and people who maybe were just passed out in a hospital bed nearby?
Did you know that it could take up to 5 whole years from college graduation to become ordained? 5 years! And now, because of probably centuries or millennias (I would guess since the founding of the Catholic Church, really) of abuse within this system, suddenly there’s a desire to take these hard-working men to task for the atrocities they’ve committed? Something about that math doesn’t seem right to me. And now, what would you suggest is the right punishment to fit these so-called obvious crimes? A complete banishment from the church? Jail-time for each abuser to pay for each of the abused? Compensation from the church for each family that’s suffered the consequences of the abuse? More Netflix docuseries’ to shame every single one of these men, but in the most digestible format? A change in the policy that bars women to serve in the highest positions of authority of this definitely-not-money-hungry structure? Immediate removal of every single person that stood by and did nothing to stop the abuse of these survivors at every step of the way? Close down every church for one day in May to go over the policies on sexual harassment and abuse across the world? Pulling the term infallible from the church entirely?
Did you know that since the “explosive” reports that came out of Boston in 2002, the church has already lost billions of dollars to the scandal (which was the money that they paid in settlements since then)? The Vatican is estimated to be worth only $10–15 billion which it never has to pay any taxes on because it’s a fully charitable fashion institute based in the religious teachings of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior.
Did you also know that almost 3 priests (out of the hundreds in this report) have been charged for their crimes because of the very valid statute of limitations that applies to rape because there’s no way that you can be sure that a traumatic event from your past was real after a fews years — especially not as a child? That means 2 GODLY men have to be brought to actual trial for what was likely just an error in judgement!
You have to ask yourself — just how far are we willing to go to rid the world of this structure of abuse that exists in just about every single industry, faith, and government? Do we want to simply replace all of these abhorrent humans with perhaps a lesser known kind of human? Like the kind that would never take their great fortune for granted by spitting on those beneath them both literally and figuratively? Is that really the kind of world we want to live in? One where children of all backgrounds, genders, and ideologies can just live life with liberty and the pursuit of happiness? What about these abusers? Do they not deserve to have a second, third, or fourth opportunity to do just that? Shouldn’t they be able to continue to benefit from a system that they’ve always benefited from at the expense of everyone else?
Ye of little faith is a phrase that people like to say.
I think that I’ve made my case for the men of the Catholic Church to finally be able to return to the jobs that they never left, except perhaps for a few people who have been on vacation since this last report was released. We all know that Labor Day is the Lord’s Day for forgiving the sins of those who have sinned against all of us — since those who work in service of the church are technically church laborers, and a week is a long time to hold a grudge, or be punished for a crime that has piles of evidence against you.
We know that one of the main tenets of the church is forgiveness, so please fall in line. Let us all take a step back from our seething anger about the state of the world as a whole and forgive the (likely) millions of men who have abused their power while being protected by the cloth. As you think of forgiveness, remember that it’s just the same as redemption. Once you forgive someone, they should be able to return to do exactly the same thing they’ve always done without ever having to truly make amends. That’s for AA.
Now that we’re all on the same page, that it’s about time we just let the world go on as it always has — to be in favor of the same people who’ve always held the power. For us all to move forward here are some other men who deserve to be treated much better than the internet might suggest:
Kim Jong-Il. He’s been dead since 2011, but did you know that he was only the 2nd Supreme leader of North Korea? Wouldn’t it have been more fair for him to have been the first? I think that enough time has passed for us all to forget just how terrible of a human he was. I mean, he had to suffer the fate of having Kim Jon-Un as his son. Is that not punishment enough for keeping his entire country imprisoned under his rule and often starving?
Josef Mengele. Hitler gets all the fame and fortune when people talk of horrific abuses of power, but what about the (mostly) men who acted as mere soldiers of science to torture their captors ranging all ages in the most unthinkable ways? No one ever talks about them, and Josef is one of those men. OK, so there may be a movie coming out about him with some big name actors, right now, but honestly, I suffer from WWII movie fatigue so I’m not really sure. What I’m saying is, it’s time to use the name Josef Mangele in our references about as much as we throw around the term Hitler.
Ivan the Terrible. I don’t think that I really have to go further. He’s been dead for over 400 years, and yet we STILL refer to him as “The Terrible” and that seems unfair considering he’s not able to defend his actions. Especially as his nickname truly comes from a misunderstanding in translation. He should really be called Ivan the Terrifying. I think it’s about time we recognize this glaring mistake.
Caligula. He’s been dead for over 2,050 years and his legacy in today’s culture is mostly attributed to a cult classic film from 1979, which received poor reviews due to it’s graphic content and bad acting. What’s most unfair is that one of the main texts about his legacy as emperor was written by someone who he tried to have put to death, which feels like it’s automatically going to be biased. I think it’s time for a re-make of the film starring Scarlett Johansson…as his sister. And someone all of America loves again, like Mel Gibson.
Christian VII of Denmark. Look, this guy is probably not even on your radar. He was slaphappy. He would just slap anyone around him. For no reason other than he could. And I mean anyone. Nevermind. He definitely hasn’t done anything worthy of even knowing about his existence. Forget him.
Now, can we move on and give all of these men their due stage time?