I must reiterate, because he apparently missed it in my last letter, that I agree whole-heartedly with the Transcript’s John Seven that even one priest sex scandal is one too many, and no priest who commits such horrendous acts should be sheltered, but instead should be given over to the police and court system to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
He goes one step further however, saying because of the moral failings of some of its members and leaders, the Catholic Church shouldn’t be allowed to push their morality. While I understand his conclusion, upon further review, it is flawed.
When Occupy, which Mr. Seven appeared fully supportive of, was in full swing, there were many reports of rape, so many in fact, that many of the large Occupy locations had special tents set up specifically for rape victims. There were also reports of assault, theft and other crimes and immoral acts.
Did Occupy turn these rapists and other law breakers over to the police? Only a few, mostly violent, offenders, so it would seem as though they covered up for many of the immoral and criminal elements in their midst. By Mr. Seven’s standards, Occupy shouldn’t be allowed to push their moral or legal agenda. I think Mr. Seven would disagree and rightly so because if Mr. Seven’s standards were put up against any large, major group, whether it’s social, political, religious, corporate, athletic or academic in nature, that group will fail to meet the standard because of some members’ immoral/illegal actions and those willing to cover up the actions of these disreputable members.
You can’t profile a whole group and say since some members have committed horrid acts and others covered it up, no one from that group can try to share their moral beliefs. It’s both bigoted and illogical.
Do we say since some police departments have problems with illegal/immoral activities such as corruption by some of their officers, much of which is covered up by other officers, that police as a whole can no longer enforce the law?
Do we say since recently most terrorists seem to be Muslims and we don’t seem to hear a massive outcry from the Muslim community as a whole against these acts, all Muslims must be terrorist sympathizers and can’t try to spread the moral beliefs of their religion?
Do we say that our government, with all of its corruption, scandals and cover-ups over the years, can’t pass laws because as a group they’ve broken so many themselves?
The answer to all of these is no. So why would it be okay to say this about the Church? The answer is, just as it would be if any other group were involved, that it isn’t okay. While the events of the priest sex scandals are inexcusable, that doesn’t give anyone the right to profile an entire group and seek to silence their message.