The latest development in the seemingly never-ending Catholic clergy abuse scandals has arrived. I have to ask: does it bother good Catholics that their contributions go to lawsuit settlements? Does it bother them that their church actually has sexual abuse lawsuit insurance? Does it bother them that for decades church officials have been transferring priests who violate children to other parishes rather than removing them from authority and reporting them?
The most troubling part to me (you know, aside from what these sick freaks actually did while hiding behind the mantle of religious authority) is that even now, with all of this brought to light, the Vatican has never issued an apology. Not once has a diocesan leader repented for enabling these acts. In fact, if you believe Bishop Tod D. Brown, it is the church that is being victimized. Brown said that he agreed to the settlement because “he couldn’t risk a trial in a state where a jury once awarded $30 million to two people who claimed they were sexually abused by clergy.” Oh ain’t life hard for the poor, pitiful pederasts?
Amazingly, they think that the money is going to make it all better. Will money heal the scars of the violated children? Will money restore those who have lost their faith as a result of all of this? You know the answer to that as well as I do, folks.