So there were 21 Catholic priests suspended by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia yesterday. For being, ya know, kid touchers.
I wish I could say that I was surprised and outraged at the news. But as it goes with the Catholic Church, I was merely mildly surprised. Even "surprised" is a bit of a mis-used word there. I just don't know what else to say. Just that news of these evil mother-fuckers, or new news of them, doesn't seem to raise my hackles the way that news of it used to. If you know what I mean.
I would never EVER try to defend these men...did I mention that they were evil mother-fuckers? But I have to wonder how so many kids could spend so much time with these men alone. My family was and is an uber-Catholic family. My father sang in the church choir, and both he and my mother were Eucharistic Ministers. They also taught Religious Education and were members of Marriage Encounter. We had priests and bishops and all kinds of clergy over the house all the time.
But I don't ever recall a time that I was ever alone in a room with a priest.
Never. EVER. Maybe my folks knew, at some nuclear core, that being alone with an adult male at that age was wrong on some level. I dunno. But it seriously never EVER came up. I don't know how it would. MAYBE if I was going to be an altar boy or something. But how many of those kids are out there?
I guess enough. Because there is clearly a problem, and there are clearly enough kids out there who have been abused.
It just boggles my mind. I don't really understand how it could happen or how the Catholic Church could have kept it hidden for so long.
In many ways, I'm still a little child.