Yet another Catholic priest with an unholy affection for children has been nabbed, this time in Kansas City. After a plea deal, the man of the cloth may spend the rest of his life in jail, and his bishop, who is charged with failing to report suspected child abuse, may not be far behind. No word in yet on when the Pope will face justice.
I found the following statement from the acting U.S. Attorney interesting, as reported by the AP:
With today’s guilty plea, the defendant publicly acknowledged for the first time that he sexually assaulted five young children over the course of several years. When a defendant who wears a religious collar, who has the trust of a community, engages in conduct of this nature, his crimes are more devastating and more reprehensible.
More devastating and reprehensible to whom? The community? The point should be that the community should not give its “trust” to a man just because he happens to wear a “religious collar.” And, by God, parents in the community should not encourage their children to have unquestioning faith in such “authority” figures either. These predators only have power because too many among us still believe in Iron Age fantasies.
Teach kids to think for themselves, dammit.