Stop unfair criticism of child molesting clergy
May 29, 2009 at 11:22 p.m. by Luke Graybill
Why is it that we can't talk about nuns and priests physically and sexually abusing children without also recognizing the supposed "good" that those clergy members have done? This is exactly what Vincent Nichols, the newly installed archbishop of Westminster said during a television interview recently when confronted about the results of a commission regarding sexual abuse and terrorism perpetrated upon thousands of children by Catholic priests and nuns in the Irish Republic.
Nichols said: "It's very distressing and very disturbing. And my heart goes out today, first of all to those people who will find that their stories are now told in public.
"Second, I think of those in religious orders and some of the clergy in Dublin who have to face these facts from their past, which instinctively and quite naturally they'd rather not look at.
"That takes courage. And also we shouldn't forget that this account today will also overshadow all of the good that they also did."
So Mr. Nichols thinks that child molesters are courageous? Oh, and let us not forget all the good that they did; while they were touching little boy penises, the priests were extolling the virtues of a life dedicated to mindless worship of God. And of course, always pay your tithing!
No, let us not be distracted from what really happened here: a number of people used their positions of authority to enable them to act upon their sexual desires for young children. The "good" that they did was accidental at best. Every child that they came into inappropriate contact with is going to carry lifelong mental scarring as a result of this.
Punishments must be meted out.