Today’s email inbox has the feeling of the traditional night of the week a thug comes home after a few with the guys and beats the tar out of the wife and kids.
The clerical abuse of children is the prized belt liberals outside the Church and progressives within the Church heave dramatically from their pants and use on Catholics who are not manifestly liberal or progressive.
I say on Catholics, because this is a manifestation of anti-Catholicism.
The teachings of the Catholic Church and those who faithfully embrace them stand in the way of their deconstructing tank.
An example in the latest round of inebriated abuse comes from Nicholas Kristoff in The New York Times, who tries to draw the reader to conclude that since all members of the Catholic hierarchy are morally obtuse, because some members of the Catholic hierarchy did not excommunicate priests who harmed children, therefore a Catholic woman religious who approved a direct abortion should not have been excommunicated.
Kristof demonstrates that he doesn’t really understand what excommunication is. He does, however, manage to mention the Borgias. Clever, Nick.
Lisa Miller gives another example. Writing for her pander Newsweek, she laments the galactic injustices perpetrated against the noble American women religious at the hands of the wicked male hierarchy…. and, oh, by the way, did I mention the clerical sexual abuse of children? What right do bishops have to act like bishops? Isn’t ironic that a bishop (who by the way is a member of a group that protected pedophiles… did I mention pedophiles?) excommunicated a compassionate sister?
You can go and read both those pieces. They will sting a bit, mostly because they will offend your intelligence. It’s the violation they commit in their attempt to humiliate that is must harmful. The thwack of their belts leave marks that will quickly fade.
Watch articles and op-ed pieces in liberal and progressive publications, secular and Catholic, and remember that they are pushing an agenda. They are trying to get Rome to crack on what they call a "policy" and ordain women, or approve same-sex relations, or distribute contraceptives, or lighten up on abortion, or … etc.
Like an inebriated brute using violence these people will use anything at hand to beat the Church down into submission.