How morally bankrupt does a religion have to be to fight legislation that removes statutes of limitations on childhood sexual abuse crimes? Well, the Catholic Church is that bankrupt as it fought Florida legislators who were trying to remove the statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse. Some choice quotes from Mike McCarron, a lobbyist for the Catholic Conference:
“You don’t want to look as if you don’t care about children,” he said. “We do care deeply about children.” McCarron said the scandal is “the foremost concern” for the church, as demonstrated by the Vatican’s recent actions. “You can look at what the church has done to protect children,” he said.
Um, right? What, exactly, has the Catholic Church done to protect children? Oh, right, fight legislation to help children.
“There will be instances where the institution is not aware of any abuse, and they will have to defend it anyway,” McCarron said.
Oh, you mean on the rare occasion when the Catholic Church hasn’t tried to cover up the abuse, you don’t want to be responsible for creating an environment that is conducive to abuse?
Does anyone else think that the few statements Pope Benedict has made on this basically suggest that the Catholic Church doesn’t really care about this and that they just want to make it go away?