This article from TIME begins with the phrase “The latest sex-abuse case to rock the Catholic Church”.
After checking the date and seeing that it was posted just over a week ago, I still wasn’t sure if this was going to be actual news, or just yet another in a long list of old stories I’ve already heard about.
A headline about a sex-abuse case that rocked, say, Microsoft, would be an eye-catching novelty. The slightly exciting and immoral sex lives of footballers are still making massive news at a time when nobody could possibly be surprised by something as dull as celebrity infidelity.
But the Catholic Church being involved in the institutional molestation of children? Eh, I heard about that already.
Father Riccardo Seppia was allegedly recorded on tape saying the following words to a Moroccan drug dealer:
I do not want 16-year-old boys but younger. Fourteen-year-olds are O.K. Look for needy boys who have family issues.
He is also said to have traded cocaine and money for sexual encounters with boys.
This is all particularly embarrassing for the Cardinal of Father Seppia’s archdiocese, who has recently been working with the Pope on “reforms to respond to prior scandals of pedophile priests”.
I think for something to invoke outrage, it needs to be somehow shocking. And this just isn’t, these days. Which is sad.
But don’t let’s get sidetracked from the important issues here. There are some monasteries out there were the monks and nuns are said to engage in regular sessions of dancing. Now that’s the kind of ungodly abomination that the Pope needs to put a stop to immediately. It’s a matter of priorities, people.
And remember the advice of Bill Donohue of the Catholic League: what really matters is that it’s not technically pedophilia, because many of these victims were post-pubescent.
Just in case you were forming an unfairly low opinion of the Catholic priests who’ve been using drugs to pay for 14-year-olds to have sex with.