Sunday, October 16, 2011

Priests gone wild (still)

Holy cow grasshopper and who could possibly have seen this coming?! Bishop Robert W Finn out of Kansas City has been indicted for failure to report suspected child abuse by priest Shawn Ratigan (known to some as 'Rat-bastard Ratigan'). It looks like the "good reverend" would get all giddy and take inappropriate pictures of young female children (inappropriate as in upskirt shots, focusing photographs on the crotch area, naked vagina pictures, this sort of thing) and save them on his laptop "for later". Bishop Bob (AKA: Bishop Robert W Finn) found out about the photographs in December of 2010 but, showing the Catholic Church's usual compassion and caring for young children, couldn't be bothered to notify police until May, 2011, giving the priest Ratigan time to get some pictures of at least one more young girl. God bless!

Just to make this whole story that much more revolting, it was ten years ago that the Bishops in the US of A pledged to report suspected abusers to the police, a policy that the "good" Bishop Finn reaffirmed in 2008. Apparently everybody was just kidding or had their fingers crossed behind their backs because now the Bishop seems to figure nothing wrong has been done. "We will meet these announcements with a steady resolve and a rigorous defence." Yes, very Winston Churchill, except that while Winston smoked like a chimney and drank like an enthusiastic booze-hound, he did not support the abuse of children.

So once again the Catholic Church is supporting and defending yet another child abuser. I know I'm just being a little naive but isn't there something in some of the "holy" books about protecting the little children? You know, after "thou shalt stoneth and tortureth gay dudes" it might say "but keepeth your mitts of of the children because that is sicketh"? I mean, if Herod had had his way with baby Jesus would the modern church just say, "No kidding, fresh meat!", or would there have been some sort of son of god defence, "you cannot molest him for he is the son of god, but you can certainly take a run at the rest of the little darlings" (or is that, "you cannot molest Him for He is the Son of God..."? Nah, I don't think so). Maybe it's just me but that is wrong on so many levels.

To me the guys who do the TV show South Park summed up the whole priest molesting children thing best. The episode I am thinking of is called Red Hot Catholic Love and in it the town priest heads to the Vatican to get to the bottom of the popular child abuse culture in the Catholic Church. What he finds is an organization more concerned with getting children to stop reporting the abuse rather than stopping the abuse itself. I have to say that the facts would seem to back this up.

Anyway... Humouroceros


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