Well, it has been pointed out that the claim of the issue being caused by general liberalization of sexual mores by Western society-at-large since the 60s can hardly hold water when we have cases of notable conservatives like Hans Hermann Groër and Marcial Maciel in the 40s and 50s, and in Ireland in the 30 - basically as long back as people were still alive to tell when the scandals broke - and, yes, the works of Dositej Obradivic from the 18th and St. Peter Damian from the 11th century respectively. The attitude to acceptance and persecution within the Church may have changed throughout times, but not rocking the boat too much can indeed be followed to the reaction to the latter's complaints. The habit of quietly transferring offending priests, often just to another parish where things would start all over again, is certainly common to all the recent stories in Ireland, the US, Germany, and now Poland.
So yes, you do believe Rome is the Whore of Babylon. Better do not try to handle snakes with your bare hands.
In related news:
Last week, a New York-based magazine published a 3,000-word article about Communism that failed to mention the murder of 50 million people — the lowest possible estimate — by Communist regimes during the 20th century.
The rambling essay didn’t once accuse Stalin’s Soviet Union, Mao’s China or Pol Pot’s Cambodia of killing anyone. Instead, it congratulated Communists for fighting the “violent capitalist economy” of the United States.
You would assume that such squalid agitprop could appear only in a sectarian Marxist publication, or on a website run by clueless millennials who have never even heard of the gulag or the Cultural Revolution.
But you would be wrong. The author, Dean Dettloff, is indeed a hardline Communist. He’s a young Canadian supporter of the Marxist-Leninist Party for Socialism and Liberation, which deplores China’s move away from Mao’s ideological purity and hates Gorbachev for destroying the Soviet Union.
But who published him? America magazine, the century-old Jesuit periodical that is among the most influential Catholic publications in the United States.
Edited by sunday, 30 July 2019 - 0026 AM.