Clergy in the spotlights
I saw the Academy Award movie Spotlight the other day and was very disturbed by the content. I was raised Catholic, and have other criticisms of the church besides the behavior of the priests.
I think the fact that I was a country girl and it was difficult for our priest to be alone with anyone made me safe from the predations of these “black crows”.
The fact that my Mom was a lukewarm Methodist to begin with made my indoctrination in the cult problematic, as I did not learn the catechism at my mother’s knee.
I was also not that close to my Dad, as he was not a child centric person, and thought the world should revolve around men, and in his home revolve around him.
This attitude is actually very helpful to any church, as it makes the job easier when it comes to brainwashing the young.
I was spared the “grooming” for sexual activity from any clergy, as there was no way to separate me from the family. Usually the poor city boy is the target, as they are so lost in the family circle, and worship the clergy as being a superior being.
I had firsthand knowledge of the behavior of these priests and nuns only through the Friday afternoon after school catechism classes. The nuns ruled by bribes, bringing hard candy to class for our “rewards”.
The priests ruled by violence with hitting unruly boys, and detachment. I remember going to the priest to get advice for a teenaged friend who wanted to get married, and was rebuffed with no sympathy.
After I started to read banned books, the worship was over. After I listened to the hogwash issuing from the priest in the pulpit at my Mom’s wake, I started seriously questioning the whole concept of heaven and life after death.
I think I studied my way out of the church, and after the modern day revelations of mis- behavior from the top down, I have only contempt for the whole organization.
In judging this organization, we have to consider that it is not only the Catholic clergy that prey on children. This goes on with the Amish, the Muslim world, and all evangelicals. I have read way too many first person accounts of sexual predation to believe otherwise.
I ask myself –“Is this a religious thing? Or is it a male human being thing?”
I think it is a matter of flawed men taking advantage of the social constructs that define religion and has nothing to do with any deity or demon.
There must be a lot of cognitive dissonance going on with these sick sacks of sh*t, as they fondle little boys after “praying for peace”, and blessing the flock for their weekly offerings.