Monday, March 29, 2010

Easter 2002: Hysteria in Boston

"Long-standing media hostility to the Catholic Church was expressed in singularly frank terms in 2002, during what was commonly (and misleadingly) called the nation's 'pedophile priest' crisis. Even reputable news outlets presented a pictuire of a Catholic priesthood heavily infiltrated by perverts and child molesters ... This awful picture gave the opportunity for the widespread public expression of grotesquely anti-Catholic and anti-clerical sentiments and the revival of every ancient stereotype - even the sale of indulgences.


"Undeniably some Catholic authorities had responded poorly to abuse problems in bygone years, sometimes callously or irresponsibly, and on occasion worse than that. Yet the disproportionate reaction to the clergy abuse issue, the suggestions of pervasive criminality, cannot be understood except as a reflection of accumulated political grievances over other issues, often involving sexuality and gender. Every interest group with an axe to grind now used the 'pedophile crisis' as the grounds for unrestrained frontal attacks on the clergy , but also on fundamental aspects of Catholic belief. To appreciate the degree of hostility that now became evidence, we can cite the placards carried by protesters outside Boston's Holy Cross Cathedral at Easter 2002. One banner proclaimed 'Let us prey'; another warned 'Hold on to your children'; another labeled Law's Cathedral a 'house of rape' ...
In modern American history, no mainstream denomination has ever been treated so consistently, so publicly, with such venom."

The New Anti-Catholicism: The last acceptable prejudice, Philip Jenkins 2003.


Blogger neprimerimye said...

One can but hope that in the future all denominations and all faiths will be treated with understanding. The understanding that we give nightmares that Man has relegated to where they belong: history.

3/30/2010 4:11 PM  
Blogger Red Maria said...

Er, yeah, Neppers. Just basically, yeah.

3/30/2010 4:15 PM  

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