“This man is not above or outside the law. The institutionalised concealment of child rape is a crime under any law and demands not private ceremonies of repentance or church-funded payoffs, but justice and punishment.”
– Christopher Hitchens on Pope Benedict
Bravo to Dawkins and Hitchins… it’s time Religion took it on the chin for all the evil it produces!
…are destroying the Catholic Church. That’s the consensus on the news shows this morning and from my point of view…and I admit to being an atheist and not remotely a Catholic…this is the most outrageously VISIBLE leadership crisis of a major organization that I have ever seen.
Here we have the people in power, right up to the man at the top, the Pope, not only accepting the perverse sexual humiliation and abuse of young boys but handing out rewards to protect the biggest offenders. The anger which is being expressed by ordinary Catholics as a result of the clear cover-up of the situation by those responsible is leading to calls for the Pope to step down, something I don’t recall EVER happening in the past.
Bob Schieffer on Face The Nation summed the situation up pretty well yesterday… this is much more than a PR issue:
As to what happens next, no one is sure. For me, I look at this as one of the major problems with religion in general… there is no real ethical basis towhat people have long expected to be the source of all ethics. We’ll be watching closely.