Just read that the Pope finally apologized for the actions of those priests who sexually abused their followers. Though I’m all up for a good ol’ apology (how do you think I survive marriage?), this seems a little odd. Apparently hundreds upon hundreds of priestsâ€”who are technically employees of the Popeâ€”take advantage of people in the worst possible way … and all the Pope can do is offer this meek apology:
“I would like to pause to acknowledge the shame which we have all felt as a result of the sexual abuse of minors by some clergy and religious in this country,” Benedict said during an address at a Mass in Australia. I am deeply sorry for the pain and suffering the victims have endured. I assure them as their pastor that I too share in their suffering.”
First off, you don’t share their suffering. Not even close. I’m friends with someone who was sexually abused as a boy, and it’s anguish+torture+horror+nightmares+every possible negative one can think of. And the Pope apologizes? Like that?
I’m sorry, but I don’t buy it, and I don’t think members of the Catholic Church should, either. More than five years after this story first broke, it’s time for people to start asking hard questionsâ€”not just about Catholicism, but about organized churches/synagogues/etc. Here’s my question: When is faith a blessed thing, and when is it a power grip around the throat?
(I’ll get back to sports now)