NY Republican Senators need to take a good hard look at whose bidding they are doing and whether or not they want to be associated with an institution more corrupt than even they are.
It didn’t start with the Boston Globe Spotlight Team’s exposure of Cardinal Law’s reign of horror in 2002 but ever since we’ve seen a ceaseless tide of revelations of Catholic priests sexually abusing children and Catholic Bishops covering it up. The scandal is so widespread that it’s safe to say that any diocese not dealing with a scandal at this point is probably only a “yet.”
Worldwide, the Catholic Church has had to deal with decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups by its bishops and cardinals. But now the bishops are starting to get their long overdue comeuppance for past crimes against children and active complicity in covering up those of other priests.
This year alone, all the Bishops in Chile offered their resignations to Pope Francis, and so far he has accepted 5 of them. Archbishop Philip Wilson was found guilty of covering up child sexual abuse in Australia. The Vatican’s own treasurer, Cardinal George Pell is standing trial in Australia for alleged sexual abuse related crimes. And now, much closer to home, we learn of Cardinal McCarrick’s sordid past and how his proclivity to recruit young priests and seminarians for sexual favors and relationships was an open secret in the church. And yet he rose through the Church’s ranks of power and prestige, unencumbered by any effort of his peers to hold him accountable. At least not until an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor became public knowledge.
The leadership of this organization has been rotten to the core for a long time. No one who reaches the elite level of a bishop (much less cardinal) can honestly say they do not know about the ongoing cover-up of sexual abuse of children within the Church. One cannot be a part of that club and not be part of the cover-up.
Senator Flanagan, do you and your fellow Republican Senators really want to keep throwing your hat in with this crowd? Doing their bidding to block the Child Victims Act for a thirteenth consecutive year puts you in that club as well. Is thirteen your lucky number?