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Little boys and the Catholic priests who molest them.
Will the Catholic church needs to re-invent itself. Will it?
The Roman Catholic church seems to be riddled with pedophilia on a global scale and no amount of admissions and apologies are going to change this. This is a shame, because the church has done so much good in our world. They've started hospitals, schools, missions and they've gone everywhere there's been human suffering, trying to make it better. There is so much that is good about the Catholic church and it's people. But there's so much that's bad, too.
This spring, stories have exploded anew about abuse worldwide. Reports of "secret" trials, withholding information from civil authorities and moving pedophile priests around are everywhere and the Pope has been complicit in this. The transferring of priests from one parish to another did two immensely evil things: It allowed the guilty to escape discovery and prosecution and it also gave the predators fresh prey.
One of the worst offenses was in Milwaukee, WI. Father Lawrence Murphy was assigned to John's School for the Deaf in St. Francis, WI in 1950. Reports of abuse started soon after he arrived but the church did nothing to stop Murphy. Instead, they appointed him head of the school in 1963. He allegedly abused 200 boys before he was removed in 1974 following an inquiry by the Milwaukee police. The church didn't revisit the case until the 1996, a few months before Murphy died.
Of all the stories I've heard, this one turns my stomach the most. Murphy was charged with the care and education, not only of boys, but of deaf boys. To be deaf is even more isolating than being blind. These boys had no way to effectively communicate what was happening to them. Instead, they suffered in shame, humiliation and silence. They were unable to rescue themselves because lacked the simple ability to tell someone what was going on. For Murphy, this was like shooting fish in a barrel.
If the church is to recover in any way from this, they're going to have to change radically. The Pope has been tarred with this scandal and for his part in it, he needs to resign. But even if he goes, the larger problem is the requirement of priests to be celibate. St. Paul said "it is better to marry than to burn." Catholic priests are required by their vows to burn every day but not do anything about it. It's obvious that thousands upon thousands of priests weren't able to do that. Perhaps a few had relationships with women, but most turned on the boys in their care.
It's not surprising at all. Although Snopes.com says it's not true that men think about sex every seven seconds, it's pretty obvious to most people that for men, sex is a very strong drive (just ask Tiger Woods). The Catholic church denies this almost as much as it denies having pedophiles in their ranks. But what kind of man would forsake a normal relationship with a woman to serve the church? The kind of man that doesn't really want a normal relationship. The Catholic church has been sucking these men into the priesthood for centuries and many of them have been serving themselves, not God, not His church and certainly not His children.