Joanna Moorehead writes in the Guardian today “The crimes of the Catholic church: not in our names”
Oh bullshit, Joanna. This shit is all over the hands of the faithful women who have, as you go to great lengths to say, been the bedrock and the mainstay of the Church, its real power base, for decades and decades and decades. You can’t suddenly claim innocence now and show us a theatrical little shudder. What’s your defense – “We didn’t know?”
As you say:
“Lay women, the biggest group within the church, are the most silent of all silent majorities. Yet the women of the Catholic church are its backbone: its strength, its prayer powerhouse, its unseen workers.”
Absolutely. Women are the power base of the church, and so it is women who are to blame for the culture of silence that suppressed any complaints from boys who priests raped and molested, which silenced these rape victims. This went on for decades and decades and decades. My father was raped by priests in the 40s and knew he had no chance of ever being believed, or else of certainly being blamed in some way. He knew which side the women in our family would come down in, and he never forgave the last one of them left alive, not even the last one, not even at the moment of death. The women of the Church steadfastly supported this hierarchy and were therefore complicit in this silencing.
The women of the Church supported and enabled this rape culture.
“They are also, I believe, its wisdom, its common sense and its conscience.”
That’s right, Joanna, they are. Which pretty clearly is no conscience at all. In this matter the women of the Church have shown themselves by their continued silence over decades and decades to be complete moral cripples.
This was all in your name, Joanna, your name and the names of generations of faithful women mumbling through novenas and dragging the kids to Mass and putting priests on impossible pedestals – all the homey things that made life possible for many and a living hell for some.
A commenter Penie B followed up by telling about a girl she had known:
@PennieB – “I knew a girl who was raped by a priest when she “confessed” to him – after being abused by a family member. After raping her, the priest told her that she would never be believed if she told anyone because he was “highly thought of in the community” and she was “a little slut”. She was 12.”
Yes, Pennie, and you bring up another good point.
Notice how we are only hearing about boy rape victims? Does anyone really mean to tell me with a straight face that in all these decades all the victims were boys? That’s what this talk of a “gay cabal” does. It erases the victims of heterosexual rapists, it erases the female victims.
Calling a 12 year old girl you have just raped a slut. The mind vomits.
And by the way, the gross treatment women get in the church in no way rebuts the claim that women are the base of the Church. You know how you determine an enterprise is male-dominated? By the extent to which it grinds up males – because that’s the arena where the competition is. The same is true for female-dominated enterprises, even if the domination is covert. And the Church has been death on girls.
This is nothing more than a plea for female immunity. Women are the strength of the Church. So then it’s up to women to own the Church’s crimes, Joanna. It’s that simple. In this matter the women of the Church or in the same position as all those Suzie Suburbanites in their gas-guzzling SUVs that get their congressmen – and I do mean their Congressmen; women are the majority of voters in the US – to send men off to die in oil wars.
These crimes are on your hands, Joanna. No, you don’t get to sniffle and claim immunity.
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