Early this week I came across this little gem:
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has issued a detailed list of inappropriate behaviors for priests, saying they should not kiss, tickle or wrestle children.
The newest version of the archdiocese’s Decree on Child Protection also prohibits bear hugs, lap-sitting and piggyback rides.
But it says priests may still shake children’s hands, pat them on the back and give high-fives.
Rules like these might have been nice to enact about 8 years ago when these priest abuse scandals started to come out. Or better yet, these rules would have been nice when the Catholic Church was formed. Sadly, I doubt it would have helped. Maybe it would have made it harder for some to have abused the children they did, but they would have continued.
Why am I so cynical? Because of the systematic policy of priest protection by the Catholic Church. Rather than turn the perpetrators over to authorities, most are simply shuffled off to other parishes, where they can continue their abuses.
The only people that can stop the abuse of children in the Catholic Church are Catholics. The priests, bishops and cardinals are doing nothing, so it is up to the average Catholic to act. Stop tithing to the Church. Stop attending mass. Stop giving your silent approval to an organization that allows these crimes to continue, and continue unpunished.
I, an atheist, can do nothing. The power is in your hands. For the sake of your children, use it.