Thursday, September 22, 2005

Real Heros and Villians

The Vatican is getting a lot of news coverage about their ban on future gay priests. Everyone points out that the focus should be on CELIBATE priests. A pedophile is a pedophile, gay people are no more likely to be a pedophile than a straight person. Pedophile is about power over a child, whether it's a boy or girl doesn't matter. However, the church is looking for a scapegoat(gay people) because it doesn't want to be blamed for creating this HUGE mess.

I'm not sure if people remember Father James Porter. He was a heterosexual priest in Fall River, Mass who left the priesthood and married a WOMAN. By all accounts, this man would have passed the Vatican test since he wasn't homosexual and would have been allowed to stay in the seminary.

On the other hand, Mychal Judge was an openly gay priest. He died on Sept. 11, 2001 at the site of the Twin Towers.
Judge was the New York City Fire Department Chaplain who was killed by falling debris as he ministered to a dying firefighter at the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. He was the first recorded casualty of the terrorist attack on the city. The high-profile cleric's ministries spanned a spectrum of New York's City's diverse communities, including his beloved firefighters, the poor and homeless, people with AIDS, LGBT people, and those struggling with alcoholism
He would have not passed the Vatican's test.

On another matter, it seems in Sen. Santorum's home state, the Catholic Diocese has been busy. In an article in the Boston Globe a Philadelphia Grand Jury say the Archdiocese hid abuse.

A grand jury issued a scathing critique yesterday of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, saying its former archbishops and other leaders concealed and facilitated clergy sex abuse of children for decades.

The grand jury, which investigated the archdiocese for more than three years, concluded that at least 63 priests -- and probably many more -- sexually abused hundreds of minors over the past several decades.

But even more disturbing, the jurors found, was the coverup by the two previous archbishops, Cardinals John Krol and Anthony J. Bevilacqua who, they concluded, ''excused and enabled the abuse" and put legal and financial interests and moral reputation of the archdiocese ahead of protecting the children entrusted to its care.

Now, who are the real heros in this post? The leaders of the church who "excused and enabled the abuse" or the openly gay priest who gave his life while ministering to the fallen?

4 comments:

Patrick said...

Amen.

Spike said...

OK, genius, the percentage of child molesters in the Catholic church is the same as in the general population...

Hmm, get the point yet? Or does it need to be explained to you?

Yes, that means it only appears that there is a lot of child molesting priests. Where in reality this simply is not the case.

(a pink blog, c'mon...)

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Anonymous said...

ok, you make absolutely no sense. The point of the post was that there are/were molesting priests. The witchhunt by the Vatican to remove priests who identify as gay will not solve the child abuse scandal. There were/are pedophile priests who not gay so the Vatican isn't really doing anything except single out gay men.

Displaced in the UK said...

I think the point is that in the church's eyes it's better to be a straight pedophile then an openly gay priest

or did you miss the last part :

"...Now, who are the real heros in this post? The leaders of the church who "excused and enabled the abuse" or the openly gay priest who gave his life while ministering to the fallen?"

Duh!