All over the world, large numbers of Catholic priests have been caught raping and sexually molesting children. All over the world, large numbers of leaders in the Roman Catholic Church covered up the problem, allowing the rampant sexual abuse to continue.
The Catholic Pope, the former Nazi Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, gave a speech today in which he spoke about his church’s problem with sexual crimes, saying, “How are we to explain the fact that people who regularly received the Lord’s body and confessed their sins in the sacrament of Penance have offended in this way? It remains a mystery.”
At first, Pope Ratzinger’s explanation sounds absurd. How could he say that the use of children as sexual playthings by Catholic priests is a mystery? It’s very clear that the Catholic Church’s sexually controlling ideology, in addition to the outrageous power given to Catholic priests, is to blame. There’s no mystery about what went wrong. The Catholic Church is thoroughly corrupt.
But then, maybe Ratzinger understands that. Maybe that’s not what he was talking about. Maybe there’s some kind of theological discussion going on here that I just don’t understand. Maybe I’m taking the statement out of context.
Let’s look at the full text of what Pope Ratzinger said. In that text, the Pope refers to the concept of mystery several times. Here’s everything on the subject of mystery that Ratzinger said in his speech:
“The theme of the Congress – Communion with Christ and with One Another – leads us to reflect upon the Church as a mystery of fellowship with the Lord and with all the members of his body.”
“The renewal of external forms, desired by the Council Fathers, was intended to make it easier to enter into the inner depth of the mystery. Its true purpose was to lead people to a personal encounter with the Lord.”
“We must learn to recognize anew the mysterious presence of the Risen Lord.”
Am I the only one seeing some major erotic themes in these words? Ratzinger speaks of “a personal encounter”, entering the “inner depth” of Jesus’s body, and fiddling around with its “members” which Ratzinger says are “risen”!
Unless I’m wrong, and I don’t think I am, Pope Ratzinger is saying that responsibility for the priest sex abuse scandal should go all the way to the top, to Jesus, who has apparently been having intimate relations huge numbers of people in the Catholic Church for some years now… and without being married, either.