Sex, sinners, scandal, schism and the Church in crisis … but is the world’s oldest organisation dying?
SCANDAL AND THE DEATH OF RELIGION
The barrage of clerical perversion accusations has shaken the confidence of the world’s billion Roman Catholics. But underlying the sex scandals a more sinister drama is playing out in Rome. Vatican observers are warning that the Roman Catholic Church, a once monolithic religious presence and global voice of moral authority is in free fall. They also argue that no human being on earth will escape “unimaginable” repercussions if she fails. Some suspect that the present media spotlight, tirelessly scanning for paedophiles in cassocks, is masking the greater scandal. It not only smears the image of the Church, eroding public confidence in its religious mission, but also provides a smokescreen behind which schismatic factions within the Church itself beaver to consolidate a power base to change unpopular (to them) doctrines and disciplines.
Conservative church leaders are having to contend with near intractable problems on two fronts; the need to respond to the reformers (effectively moving the Catholic Church to accommodate a form of Government friendly Protestantism), and at the same time to steady the faith of millions of believers rocked by an admittedly tiny percentage of sexually predatory clerics whose crimes nevertheless are among the worst imaginable sins against God according to Catholic doctrine. This is the scandalizing of the “little ones”. The paradox is that detestation of this sin is so profound that the perfectly human instinct to address the injustice of the world-wide media feeding frenzy is paralysed.
To set the record straight at once, clerical abuse statistics referring to infants is so small that it would hardly be discerned on, say, a pie chart. Imagine a blue disc with a red hair line representing the crime. The actual scandal is the homosexual abuse of minors, technically termed Hebephilia (strong persistent sexual interest in post pubescent children, ages typically from 10-14), or sexual preference for mid to late adolescents which is termed Ephebophilia. Some evidence suggests that the more prevalent of these perversions is Hebephilia, yet almost all clerical convictions were for interference with youths. Paedophilia is the very rare sexual molestation of pre-pubescent infants.
It is scientifically described as a homosexual activity. The media is perfectly aware of this. They assiduously evade the homosexual line while propagating the lie that the deviant clerics are infant molesters. An immediate duty for all bishops would be to make clear such an obvious fact — that the media accusation of clerical paedophilia is outrageous. Despite the dreadful nature of homosexual abuse on young people it must be remembered that the statistically tiny fraction of the world’s clerics mentioned above was harvested from well over six generations of ministry, from ordination to retirement or death. The present admitted reality is homosexual activity between a few perverted clergy and boys, sometimes willing youths, usually termed “rent boys” or male prostitutes (in less attractive maturity many of these “boys” caught the scent of the bishops’ guilt money which most observers believe was too readily offered. It is a disturbing truth that too many accusations against clergymen were incited by the profit motive, very few of which were thoroughly investigated).
The Church’s defenders point out that since rigorous action was initiated to stamp out the ordaining of homosexuals the incidences of abuse of minors has all but disappeared. But the mud sticks.
Many Catholics are so fixated by endless false-news flashes about clerical turpitude that many have become habituated to the sense that their holy Church is now irredeemably corrupt and has become a thing of shame. And what also concerns Vatican Jeremiahs is that they are failing to alert the world’s bishops to the extent of the wider catastrophe facing the church. The abiding consolation for the faithful is that it is a note of the Church’s Divine guarantee that she will not only be hated by the world but also betrayed from within, ref. Judas Iscariot who betrayed Christ for thirty pieces of silver.
Homosexual scandal aside, the schism (some insist that it is actual heresy) is the most powerful ever to have threatened the Universal Church. But it also happens to be the biggest news story in history. Amazingly the media worldwide, blinkered to anything other than salacious gossip, ignores the potential death throes of the 2,000 year old mother of Christianity, the oldest organisation on earth.