It’s Different When It’s the Good Guys

Friday, August 13th, 2010 @ 7:57 am | Politics

Let’s take a moment to imagine how outraged our right-leaning friends would be getting over the Pope’s refusal to accept the resignation of two Irish bishops who actively covered up child abuse if the whole affair took place under a slightly different set of circumstances. “Religion of peace, my butt!” they’d be saying on blog after blog; “by your fruits shall ye know them,” they’d quote. But when the systemic, ongoing sexual abuse of children happens to be within the Catholic church, it’s a different tune they sing. Suddenly, it’s “no human being is perfect,” and a newfound (and very temporary) interest in forgiving trespasses. Sometimes they’ll even go with a “how much do we really trust the so-called victim?” line, hoping we’ll forget that we’re talking about children here. Certainly they enjoy shifting the dialogue over to their objections about homosexuality; anything to take the focus off the obvious question here. But can you imagine the pitch, the sheer volume, if this story were taking place in Syria, or in Lebanon, or in Iran? It would be all the proof any of our outraged friends would need; it would be the final nail in the coffin of Islam.

Instead, let’s be clear: they don’t care. They’ll tell you that it’s the fault of the individual priests who abused the children; certainly not the fault of the bishops who covered it up, or of the pope who gives the bishops a pass for doing it, or of the Church that has actively been letting child rapists walk away free & clean for centuries. Let us speak plainly. When it comes down to a choice between self-interest and the children with whose care it has been charged, the Catholic church has made its priorities plain. The moral cowardice of the American right in ignoring this, or, when they speak to it at all, suddenly focusing on the responsibility of the individual who commits the offense instead of the organization that sanctions and conceals it — it’s breathtaking. You can’t have it both ways, friends. This isn’t an isolated case. It’s the organization.

4 Responses to “It’s Different When It’s the Good Guys”

  1. Henry Whistler Says:

    It’s their tribe. That is all.

  2. Scott Says:

    You ignore the fact that the title of the piece is “Storm after Pope allows bishops to retain jobs” which clearly states “Widespread dismay at the Papal decision will intensify protests by abuse groups next month during the Pope’s official state visit to Scotland, England and Wales.”

    No one is saying it is not a sytemic problem, people and priests are leaving the church in droves. There is also those that are speaking out because they think the instatution is worth saving. The fact is there has been no shortage of Catholics denouncing the Church.

    But you want to have a big pity party that the Atrocities of the Religion of Peace are the only ones that get denounced by the “right wing”. Perhaps the silence you hear is the sound eminating from Islam.

  3. cbmc Says:

    It’s true though, Scott. Right-leaning blogs have demonstrated that Catholic priests can rape all the children they want and they’ll never breathe a word about it – after all, it’s only individuals who’re guilty there. That’s where you’re blind. You blame the religion for the behavior of the individual in the case of the religion you’ve arbitrarily decided to denounce, and you blame the individual in case of the religion you’ve arbitrarily chosen to excuse. This is what’s known as “lacking moral seriousness.”

  4. jtl909 Says:

    So we shouldn’t be concerned with Catholic pederasts because of some vague grievance you have with Islam? Do I have that correct, Scott?

    I hate it that you right-wingers always get to play this fucking game where if Teh Librul MSM doesn’t show sufficient concern for your new outrage of the week (and they never do, natch) it’s proof of their moral depravity. But the system is just peachy when it’s working to protect those that you hold in high esteem, isn’t it?

    No one is saying it is not a sytemic problem, people and priests are leaving the church in droves.

    Bullshit they aren’t.

    Could you imagine if a private company was characterized by endemic sexual abuse of its customers that went back decades and management was complicit in its cover-up? They’d be slapping the bracelets on the perps in no time but since it’s a popular church it’s time to circle the wagons. “A few bad apples” and all that.