Catholic Molestation Scandals
There is a huge uproar recently over more evidence coming to light about molestation in the Catholic church. Perhaps surprisingly, this doesn’t interest me at all. I was wondering today: “Why don’t I give a crap about this ‘scandal'”? Here’s what I came up with.
First, it’s not that I don’t care about victims—I do. I think those responsible for sex abuse and those responsible for covering it up (so that it continued) should be punished.
However, for the most part it seems to me that this ‘scandal’ is being used to essentialize Catholicism, just like 9/11 is used to essentialize Islam: these acts are being made to seem representative of Catholicisim as a whole.
I simply have no use for that kind of demonization, despite the fact that I’m not a fan of the Catholic church in general.