Amid the shocking news which came out last week in Pennsylvania, USA. This is in relation to report stating that more than 1,000 children were abused by about 300 priests.
It is not a new story for all of us, news with the similar storyline were already came out in various territories where Catholicism are being practiced.
For instance, in the Philippines, a predominant Catholic country in South East Asia, local cases are also rampant and other victims are quiet because of shame and fear because the perpetrators are from a powerful religion in the land.
Indeed, it is hard arguing whether the Catholic Church is God’s representative on earth or even whether God exists or not is totally useless.
However, gleaning on the actual data, you will see the TRUTH, as even the New Testament, believed in Matthew 7:19-20: “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”
However, the “good tree” as cited by these verse from the Bible really not pertains to “trees” in Pennsylvania.
“We heard the testimony of dozens of witnesses concerning clergy sex abuse. We subpoenaed, and reviewed, half a million pages of internal diocesan documents. They contained credible allegations against over three hundred predator priests. Over one thousand child victims were identifiable, from the church’s own records. We believe that the real number — of children whose records were lost, or who were afraid ever to come forward — is in the thousands.
Most of the victims were boys; but there were girls too. Some were teens; many were pre-pubescent. Some were manipulated with alcohol or pornography. Some were made to masturbate by their assailants, or were groped by them. Some were raped orally, some vaginally, some anally. But all of them were brushed aside, in every part of the state, by church leaders who preferred to protect the abusers and their institution above all.”
WHAT DOES THE CATHOLIC CHURCH DO IN THE MIDST OF THESE CONTROVERSIES?
They are investing in different instrumentalities and ways just to hide it from the larger public.
Examples of horror stories involving priests were:
“In the Diocese of Erie, despite a priest’s admission to assaulting at least a dozen young boys, the bishop wrote to thank him for ‘all that you have done for God’s people…. The Lord, who sees in private, will reward.’ Another priest confessed to anal and oral rape of at least 15 boys, as young as seven years old. The bishop later met with the abuser to commend him as ‘a person of candor and sincerity,’ and to compliment him for the progress he has made in controlling his ‘addiction.’”
With the increasing sexual abuses, it is a perfect time for the Catholic Church to amend its rules and faith.
Catholicism, for reasons so complex to be discussed here, is one of the few religions that require absolute celibacy for its clerics. Even its “Eastern” branch, the Greek Orthodox Church requires it only for its bishops. Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Protestant Christian Churches — like our local Iglesia ni Cristo — don’t require it.
Buddhist sects which require it — apparently being more scientific than Catholics — have special disciplines to “transmute” sexual energy into higher forms of consciousness, as in the yoga tradition called Tantra.
It is a high time for everyone to become open, objective in this sensitive and eye-opening issue.