I have some advice for the Catholic Church (and the Pope).

I have blogged before about the Catholic Church, and in particular the Pope’s out of touch with his (extreme) views on things.

More recently the church/pope has got itself in more trouble by:

1) Denying the issue

2) Side stepping addressing the issues of the past (call it a smear campaign)

3) Lashing out at everyone BUT themselves to blame (here the Catholic Church blames Jews!)

Here is an excellent summary of how the Pope has misjudged the public’s view on sex abuse on Stuff.co.nz.

But they have really done it now by claiming that the issue is that priests are closet homosexuals, and linking paedophilia to being gay.  Not only is this a sad day for the church, but its rather 80′s isnt it?  I mean the paedophilia/gay link thing is SOOOOO yesterday (and so de-bunked too!).  The study referred to here even shows in the US (which lets face it is pretty conservative) only 15% of the population believe there is any link between gay and paedophilia (we can call these people “rednecks” if it helps make it simpler).

You know the saying, once a Catholic, always a Catholic, so I can say as a Catholic that the church does NOT represent my views.  More importantly I have some advice for the Catholic Church:

  1. Come clean on historic abuse issues.  Be upfront, say you did wrong where you did.  Admit not only abuse, but more importantly of later times, admit the cover ups.
  2. Have an INDEPENDENT review of the Pope’s involvement in any (alleged) cover up.  Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t cover anything up, so let’s be transparent about this, and review it.
  3. The review above MUST be open, and the findings published without editing from the church.  The whole idea is we don’t want a further cover up of any cover up.  Just come clean!  (see point one).  The church can then respond to the report, but only so much as to publicise what they are going to do to FIX anything, not further denial or excuses.
  4. Finally – and this is very important – put it right!  Deal with the consequences of what was done, and the cover ups and THEN and only then can both the church, and more importantly the victims move on.  If that means the Pope stands down, so be it, if that means they allow Priests to marry, so be it.  I don’t really care what the solution is, as long as the church makes GENUINE attempts to resolve the issues, rather than their current approach of denial and blaming others.

I think that does it for now. Do that and report back. No, NOW, do it, no stalling. (I am talking to the Catholic Church and the Pope here, others can just look away for now).

Mind you, this isn’t new.  The Church has done this for hundreds of years. Martin Luther (the 15/16th century one, without the ‘King’ on the end) had it right – the Church just does what’s good for them and if you want to be correct on this, the BIBLE and not the POPE is the authority here.  (Mind you the old testament says some pretty weird stuff – like encouraging sex with your brothers wife (Genesis 38:8-10) and who could forget Deuteronomy 23:1 that says No one whose testicles are crushed or whose male organ is cut off shall enter the assembly of the Lord. Yeah the bible is pretty weird too!)

Black and White Version: The Catholic church is proving it’s losing the battle by lashing out at everyone, rather than dealing with the issue of cover ups and sexual abuse.

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