What drives me absolutely nuts is all of the excuses that representative of the Catholic Church has given to normalize paedophilia and amount of effort they put into hiding and protecting rapists.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, a representative of the Catholic Church, even went as far as claiming that women have feminized the church and are to blame for the epidemic of paedophilia. Of course, because in the eye of religion, all things evil is due to womanhood.
In the UK, the Catholic Church has claimed child sex abuse victims consented. These are horrible acts committed on underage children, who by definition cannot consent. That is some epic victim blaming.
“No child ever gives their consent to being abused and the increased use of this line of defence, although still quite rare, is worrying.” – Ann Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England.
We need to hold the Catholic Church and the individuals within accountable for the damage they have caused to the lives of far too many children. We can not stand by while they give excuses, deflect the blame, sweep the issue under the rug and give empty apologies. They have already caused too much harm to the children of this world.