Catholic sex abuse scandal: time to sack trendy bishops and restore the faith

By Gerald Warner

… How could clergy transgress so gravely against the doctrines of the Church? What doctrines? These offences took place in the wake of Vatican II, when doctrines were being thrown out like so much lumber. These offenders were the children of Paul VI and “aggiornamento”. Once you have debauched the Mystical Body of Christ, defiling altar boys comes easily.

The “neglected” sacraments and devotional practices that the Pope says could have prevented this did not just wither on the vine: they were actively discouraged by bishops and priests. In the period when this abuse was rampant, there was just one mortal sin in the Catholic Church: daring to celebrate or attend the Latin Tridentine Mass. A priest raping altar boys would be moved to another parish; as for a priest who had the temerity to celebrate the Old Mass – his feet would not touch the ground.

There was a determined resolve among the bishops to deny any meaningful catechesis to the young. That is the generation, wholly ignorant of the faith, that in Ireland achieved material prosperity in the “Celtic Tiger” economy. Initially it still attended Mass (or what passed for Mass) out of social conformity. Then the sex abuse scandal gave Irish post-Vatican II agnostics the perfect pretext for apostasy: tens of thousands who had never been abused, nor met anybody who had, found an excuse to stay in bed on Sunday mornings…

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Submitted by Doria2


  1. Anyone who has seriously looked at the Pedophile crisis in the Catholic Church knows that the sexual crimes committed by a small number of Catholic priests and covered up, in many cases, by bishops and their subordinates are not a new phenomenon that appeared after Vatican II. There are significant reports of child rape and molestation as well as sexual exploitation of vulnerable adults in the decades/centuries preceding Vatican II. This deviant behavior has shaped canon law development for centuries.

    To argue that all this evil is a result of the liberalization of the church in the wake of Vatican II is simply disengenuous.

    While the return to a more conservative Catholic theology and morality may be good for the church, that return should not be predacated the theory that the post V2 liberalization created the environment of abuse that became the petri dish that spawned child rapist in Roman collars. That environment was created by secretive and elitist priests who were more interested in maintaining position, status, wealth and control at the expense of the most devout over the centuries.

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