This is getting repetitive

Yet another child sex abuse scandal has burst out of the Catholic church, this time in Das Vaterland of Pope Siegheil, no less:

Authorities have raided a monastery in southern Germany as part of a probe into allegations that priests sexually abused children there, prosecutors said.

Eight former students at the Ettal Abbey boarding school have reported that they were abused in 1954 and in the 1970s and ’80s, the abbey has said in a statement. The head of the monastery and the school headmaster stepped down last week.  […]

Nearly every day since the end of January, people have come forward to report cases of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Germany. News reports put the number of cases at about 150.

150… and it sounds like the investigation just got rolling.  Surprised?  Right.

The shock value has long since gone out of these sordid tales of abuse and degradation at the hands of predatory priests who skulk the darkened hallways with even darker plans for their young charges  — by now it’s widely assumed to be standard operating procedure.

I wonder how bad it has to get.  Seriously:  if what’s going on in the Catholic church was business as usual in my neighbourhood, I’d move.  And furthermore, what is it about the Catholic church that attracts so many of these creeps?  I know of no other religious organization that is so teeming with child molesters and their apologists.

21 Responses to “This is getting repetitive”


  1. 1 Brian Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    This ridiculous idea of priests and nuns staying celibate rather than marrying — which has not one shred of support in the Bible — plays a role, by heaping a fruitless burden on individuals who are led to serve as clergy, for one.

    Also, the Catholic Church puts intense emphasis on suffering, martyrdom, etc., (again with little to no biblical support). I believe this leads to a mindset of feeling like what you want is automatically something you deserve, having suffered so to this point (whatever that point might be).

  2. 2 Bleatmop Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Repetitive as it is, who wants to take bets on if the vatican apologizes for this or not? I’m betting on not.

  3. 3 smelter rat Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Would the 3 priests in the world who haven’t fucked a young boy please stand up?

  4. 4 Torontonian Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I’d like to know what a professional Catholic has to say about this. Anyone think Michael Coren will beat his gums on this?

  5. 5 croghan27 Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Not mentioned is that der Pope’s brother was once the head honcho at that particular institution.

  6. 6 Cornelius T.Zen Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Good morrow, all!
    Andrew Greeley has commented on this quite extensively, as well as basing one of his novels, The Priestly Sins, on this very topic. The shocker is NOT the abuse; the shocker is the energy expended in covering it up. In covering it up, the Vatican expresses a philosophy of condoning, in its behavior, what it condemns, in its pronouncements.
    What did Jesus call people who did things that way? Oh. Yeah. Right. Now I remember…
    Hypocrites – CTZen

  7. 7 hemmingforddogblog Monday, March 8, 2010 at 1:49 am

    I don’t think these are all separate events. It is just an ongoing lifestyle for these men. Oh, if you do this outside of the Vatican, they usually arrest you, no? Is anyone else fed up with our tax dollars supporting these pervs?

  8. 8 Bruce Monday, March 8, 2010 at 6:09 am

    I’m playing fast & loose with html tags here:

    Ah, you found the logo. I think it’s safe to say there isn’t a country in the world that isn’t affected by this. Any other organization would be shut down and its leaders prosecuted to the enth degree. Such is the innate hypocrisy of religion that the Catholic Church is allowed to stand as a beacon of morality in this world. And we wonder why we have so many problems.

    Have you heard the latest? Apparently there is an actual homosexual, a real live faggot, in the Der Popenfuhrer’s own house no less. Ha!

  9. 9 hemmingforddogblog Monday, March 8, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Bruce, It would be news if they found one that wasn’t gay!

  10. 10 toujoursdan Monday, March 8, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I have a friend who does art restoration for the Vatican and had a fascinating glimpse into the culture there. It is just rampant with repression of any joy at all, denial, innuendo, political backstabbing and heavy doses of misogyny. In order to rise to these ranks you have to immerse yourself into this culture for a life time and these people are completely out of touch with the outside world.

    It caused her to leave the Catholic Church and become an Anglican.

  11. 11 JJ Monday, March 8, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Brian – You are 100% correct.

    The Catholic church obsesses about sex to a nauseating degree. One of the popes even wrote a whole book about the “right” way to have sex — man, woman, no contraception or you’re thwarting God’s Will. Everything else was called “disordered”.

    The book didn’t say anything about child molesting though, so maybe that is why they figure it’s okay.

  12. 12 JJ Monday, March 8, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Bleatmop – Pope Benny has already apologized in a general, catch-all kind of way, a couple of years ago so I doubt he feels any driving need to do it again. If he apologized every time this happened, that’s all he’d be doing is apologizing 24/7.

  13. 13 JJ Monday, March 8, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    smelter rat

    Would the 3 priests in the world who haven’t fucked a young boy please stand up?

    Still waiting… anyone? Anyone?? *tap-tap* Is this thing on?

  14. 14 JJ Monday, March 8, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Torontonian

    Anyone think Michael Coren will beat his gums on this?

    Short answer: No.
    Long answer: No.

  15. 15 JJ Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 12:00 am

    croghan

    Not mentioned is that der Pope’s brother was once the head honcho at that particular institution.

    I vaguely recall reading something about that. Ugh, what a rotten institution, inside out and top to bottom.

  16. 16 JJ Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 12:03 am

    CTZen

    The shocker is NOT the abuse; the shocker is the energy expended in covering it up.

    This is what really blows my mind about people who remain part of the Catholic church. Knowing what they know about the intrinsic evil of the hierarchy, how can they square it with their religious beliefs? It’s mind boggling.

  17. 17 JJ Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 12:05 am

    SQ

    Is anyone else fed up with our tax dollars supporting these pervs?

    Don’t even get me started.

    I guess at least we can be thankful that our health care legislation doesn’t have to get their approval before politicians can vote on it, like in the States.

  18. 18 JJ Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Bruce – Actually I was quite happy to see someone with a normal orientation — ie. attracted to other consenting adults — within the Catholic church. Unfortunately the fact that he happens to be gay will mean he gets the boot… while the child molesters linger on.

  19. 19 JJ Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 12:09 am

    toujoursdan

    It is just rampant with repression of any joy at all, denial, innuendo, political backstabbing and heavy doses of misogyny.

    That sounds about right.

    Your friend is lucky — she escaped!

  20. 20 brebis noire Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 8:50 am

    BBW has a formula for ridding the clergy of molesters and gays. Wait for it: weed them out according to who is not masculine enough and not orthodox enough.
    Oh yah, that will work. It’s common sense!

  21. 21 Bleatmop Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    JJ – From what I remember of that apology, it was more of a backhanded apology. I can’t find it at the moment, but from what I understand it was more of a “I’m sorry that happened to ya” rather than a “I’m sorry we did this to you” type of thing. Though I may not be getting it right.


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