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Is Peace Possible With The Catholic Church?

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Dallas Boyd
Dallas Boyd

Thank God, that above all else, the Vatican has finally come to its senses and made peace with The Beatles! Just when I was beginning to worry that the Catholic Church was no longer being perceived as “hip” the Vatican newspaper contributed two articles and a front-page cartoon to The Beatles, commenting, "It's true, they took drugs; swept up by their success, they lived dissolute and uninhibited lives… They even said they were more famous than Jesus... But, listening to their songs, all of this seems distant and meaningless… Their beautiful melodies, which changed forever pop music and still give us emotions, live on like precious jewels." Amen.

Perhaps if we are lucky in another 40 years they will be declaring their peace with other influential cultural icons, such as Elton John, South Park, Madonna and Dumbledore. They will say, sure Dumbledore was gay and he encouraged witchcraft, but he was a great role model who never once molested Harry Potter when they were alone in his office taking late night private and secretive “extra lessons.”

I say “40 years from now” because currently the Vatican is too busy concentrating on the pickle they got themselves into when the pope´s top aide opened his cake-hole this month to announce that the problem behind the pedophile priest scandals is homosexuality. Understandably, some people were pissed, so the Vatican spokesman asserted that the aide was referring to the problem within the church, and not pedophilia in society on the whole. However, for many who are angered by the churches response – or lack of response – to the child abuse problem it is simply “too little, too late.”

In another blog written by New York Times writer and Catholic Maureen Dowd, she commented on the repressive state of the Catholic Church as “an inbred and wealthy men’s club cloistered behind walls and disdaining modernity… blind to the benefits of welcoming women’s brains, talents and hearts into their ancient fraternity” that takes “its moral codes and orthodoxy to extremes not outlined by Jesus.” She attributes this negation of women as key to the churches abuse and neglect of children within its care.

Whatever influences caused this chronic sexual abuse over the years, it can no longer be ignored “for the good of the Universal Church.” Perhaps as onlookers we perceive sexual abuse within the context of a church to be particularly horrific due to the gross betrayal of trust and blatant hypocrisy – but we must be careful not to stereotype the average sexual predator or circumstance, lest we forget about the arguably even greater breaches of trust when abuse occurs within the family. As we ask the church not to make generalizations about the gay community, we too must uphold a degree of social responsibility in not making sweeping generalizations about innocent men who choose to devote their life to God and church.

And perhaps in 40 years we will contribute to our newspapers two articles and a front-page cartoon to The Vatican, commenting, "It's true, they harbored some child molesters; swept up by their righteousness, they covered up their scandals and turned a blind eye… They even said they did it for Jesus... But, looking back now, all of this seems distant and meaningless… Their hope for peace and a better future, which changed lives and still give us emotions, live on like precious jewels." Amen?



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