Theologians at the United Nations

By WESLEY PRUDEN:

With my comments in italic

The U.N.’s Committee on the Rights of the Child, based in Geneva, scorches the Vatican for its transfers of errant — and in many cases, criminal — priests from one parish to another, in some cases giving a predator a virgin field for exploiting rapacious lust.

The parish environment is a sanctuary for some priests who, “by design,” find shelter under the cover of the Church to fulfill their desire to contact and prey on the most vulnerable—the children. How can the Church be aware of every man’s dedication and desire. The seminaries do the best job they can.

There’s little the Vatican can say about the scandal of its priests except to say it’s sorry, and the Roman church has done that. More than that, the Vatican has taken some steps to make sure that scandal will be resolved and certain amends made. But there’s a lot more to do, as the Vatican concedes.
If Pope Francis wants a few pointers on how to resolve this scandal permanently, I could offer the obvious tips. If priests must suppress the most compelling of natural or human instincts.
Rome will continue to recruit a large number of undesirables, men who are constitutionally unable to live up to the teachings of the church, no matter how hard they try.
The cruel irony is that little boys, struggling through the tender years of childhood, will suffer most. That’s not what Christian teaching is about, and the pedophile scandal hurts every Christian congregation, Catholic and Protestant alike. A priest, like every man, needs the civilizing influence of a woman.

The Meaning here is, every man needs the civilized influence of a mother.

Case in point about mothers: I have a brother and a sister. My mother was, I believe, neurotic and fringe-psychosis. My brother, in his boyhood, suffered under her an exposure-dominated relationship. The result of which led him to have, mentally, an unhealthy attitude of how he was to act. He never received professional help. Eventually he found an escape by going in the seminary; the shelter he was looking for failed and he was turned away. That setback caused him to loose his faith in the Church and then he quickly married a woman who also had a unhealthy relationship, but with her father. The marriage was traumatic—he continued to expose his ill behavior. Now my tormented brother is 80 and in a nursing home with dementia and unresponsive. Need I say more.

“The [U.N.] committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed,” But the U.N. criticizes the Vatican for its “attitudes” on homosexuality, contraception and abortion, and piously says it should change its doctrines to make sure the rights of children, and their access to health care, are not abridged.

The U.N. is acting hypocritical by accusing the Church. The Committee on the Rights of the Child has not acknowledged its own crime, the promotion of abortion—the loss of countless unborn children.

The U.N. is obviously less concerned about the children than about taking shots at one of the important institutions of Western culture.

Pedophilia is a crime with neither justification nor defense, and neither are honor killings, female genital mutilation, gassing of children or recruiting children to fight wars that entertain imams and ayatollahs in certain benighted precincts of the Middle East. Where is the outrage?
Where is the outrage over the fact that Saudi Arabia, Syria and Uganda, where some of the worst crimes occur, have been members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child?

The theologians at the U.N. could instruct, with the firmness and passion it seeks to instruct Rome about changing its doctrines on homosexuality and abortion, that every man and every woman have the God-given right to decide for themselves what to believe, or whether to believe at all, and to change beliefs whenever it suits without worrying about the official goon and his beheading knife.
The religious teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, and indeed of any faith, is nobody else’s business unless or until it violates secular law. The children of the world deserve better than lives as pawns in a sordid political game.

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