Twenty-one priests from the Philadelphia Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church have been named and/or suspended because of credible charges of child sexual abuse. Cardinal Justin Rigali has requested prayer for these priests.
I carefully read both Philadelphia Grand Jury Reports on the Abuse of Children. They will make you cry. And then you will puke. They are available for your information at:
I quote from the Grand Jury Report 0f 2011 Summary:
"The present grand jury, however, is frustrated to report that much has not changed. The rapist priests we accuse were well known to the Secretary of Clergy, but he cloaked their conduct and put them in place to do it again. The procedures implemented by the Archdiocese to help victims are in fact designed to help the abusers, and the Archdiocese itself. Worst of all, apparent abusers – dozens of them, we believe remain on duty in the Archdiocese, today, with open access to new young prey."A poster named Sfer (BabyBoomer) on a message board made this apt comment:
"Gee, it's usually defense lawyers who try to paint their clients as co-victims. It sounds odd coming from an Archbishop. They're usually the ones accusing others of "relative morality" and "objectively disordered". The shoe is on the other foot now."Since Justin Rigali has requested that I pray for the pedophile priests, as a Catholic I cannot refuse him. So I composed this prayer:
A Prayer for Justin Rigali and his Merry Men:
I pray that their carnal members rot and fall to the ground.
I pray that they develop suppurating boils on every square inch of their body.
I pray that they die soon in writhing pulsating prolonged agony.
And I pray that Jesus really is waiting to see them and keep his promise:
"And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea." - Mark 9:42
I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.
After I wrote this blog entry, I had a moment in which I repented and considered that the entry might be blasphemous and a little too coarse. See, I really am a Catholic; always second guessing my feelings and thoughts because I have been taught that my instincts are sinful by the RCC.
And then I read that the Jesuits (the fucking Jesuits) are paying now for making themselves ignorant of and aiding and abetting the child abusers in their midst for decades. Words fail me.
Rolling Stone has published one of the most readable and comprehensive articles on the Philadelphia Roman Catholic Church's coverup of the sexual abuse of children and the effort by two District Attorney's to bring light and justice to Philadelphia. This case is remarkable because it is the first time a member of the RCC administration has been charged with child abuse:
Monsignor Lynn has been found guilty. Of course, I have an opinion.