The media is making hay of the pedophilia scandal involving the Catholic Church. I think that Leftists see issue this as the single brick, down at the bottom of the wall, that, if pulled at hard enough, will bring the whole edifice tumbling down.
Just as Jews are persecuted because they symbolize justice (whether or not individual Jews can always attain those standards) so too is the modern Catholic church vigorously attacked because it symbolizes morality (again, regardless of individual failures). A Leftist society cannot tolerate either of those symbols, both of which might give people the idea that a totalitarian government is neither just nor moral.
But the attack is working. The haters are coming out of the woodwork. On my facebook page, liberal friend after liberal friend attacks the Church. Today, several people focused on the fact that, today of all days, the Church had the temerity to focus its Easter observances on . . . well, Easter. How can the church be silent, asked my friends, about the scandal on this day of all days? Well, maybe because, on this day of all days, they were focusing on a bigger, core issue — such as the central religious tenet of Christ’s resurrection.
What’s even worse are the comments I’m seeing that essentially say that the sole reason men have become priests throughout the church’s history is to indulge in their lust for small children. Bet you didn’t know that. I certainly didn’t. I always thought men joined the priesthood for a variety of reasons: deep faith, poverty (certainly true in the Middle Ages), etc. But I was entirely wrong. The Left knows better: The only reason men become priests is to molest small children.
You may feel free to embroider on this post in the comment section, below. As for me, I’m speechless.
UPDATE: I knew that hearing from you all would stimulate my creative juices, so I wanted to add a little more here.
There is no doubt that bad people will be attracted to the priesthood for the wrong reasons. But what’s happening is that this attack imputes evil and wrongness to everyone who is attracted to the priesthood. I find that simply dreadful. The comments you all wrote go exactly to that point — and to the way this witch hunt (and that’s what it is) is being used to destroy individuals and an entire institution.
Part of the problem is, I think, that in our highly sexualized culture, people are unable to acknowledge that there are others out there, men and women, who aren’t interested in sex — whether with people of the same or the opposite sex. It’s just not important to them. The suspicion, therefore, is that celibacy must inevitably twist people, or that it’s always a lie, and only twisted people will engage in that pretense.
I find the whole thing upsetting. As a Jew, I’ve had my issues with the historic Catholic church, but as a conservative, and a rational thinker (and a Jew in the post-JPII era), I think it is an important institution that stands as a bulwark against anarchy, both moral and spiritual.
UPDATE II: One of my favorite Catholic writers (hey, one of my favorite writers generally) is Patrick O’Hannigan. He too is dismayed by the combination of venom and intellectual dishonesty liberal bastions are aiming at the Catholic church.