Just how far does the influence and pedophilia of persons in high places in the Catholic Church reach? Pretty far it seems, even into Catholic Penn State University.
Just as the Catholic Church clearly valued the preservation of its reputation, institutions and mostly monetary resources over the health and well-being of youngsters and altar boys, so too did Penn State. Although, the church’s total is certainly far higher than those victimized by Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky.
FBI Director Louis Freeh reports that Penn State officials clearly placed the value and reputation of the university, and especially its vaunted football program, far above that of the young boys who were the prey of the official staff pedophile. Seemingly, as goes the Catholic Church, so goes Catholic Penn State University.
According to the report, the people who could have stopped the abuse of starstruck boys that were selected by Sandusky to participate in Penn State and other football programs were aware of the problem as far back as 1998! Be that as it may, as far as I’m concerned the problem starts at the top, and I don’t mean the university president or the office of the Pope.
We are all led by every religion in America – Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Islamic and otherwise – to believe that theirs is “the one true religion” headed by an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent and omnibenevolent deity who loves all His miscellaneous little creations, especially the “little children.” I remember part of a little kid’s ditty from my childhood when my mom dragged me along with her to church that claimed “Jesus loves the little children of the world.” Does He?
If the foregoing is true, then why in addition to pedophilia in high places, is it that worldwide some 2,500,000 children live with HIV, and this year alone an estimated 400,000 children will contract HIV; 30,000 will die of AIDS; 175,000 children will develop cancer from which 96,000 will die?
Five-hundred thousand children under the age of 5 will die from diarrhea; 175,000 will drown; 260,000 will die in automobile accidents; 45,000 will die from poisoning; 96,000 will burn to death; 46,000 will fall to their death. Yet the beat goes on while we’re expected to sign on to and accept the list of holy omni-whatevers and not question either. Not bloody likely.
In the words of a once popular TV commercial, “Where’s the beef”?
Editor’s note: Penn State is a public institution and is not associated with the Catholic Church.