posted on Nov, 27 2009 @ 01:28 PM
I went to a catholic school run by priests and brothers, and I can tell you one thing I discovered: they are human – with all of our human failings.
That the rules of celibacy are ignored from time-to-time, or more than that, is a total non-story – and has been for hundreds of years (anyone read
Chaucer? Well done to the Telegraph for reporting a ‘scandal’ that wouldn’t have even raised an eyebrow in the 14th Century). When you think
that most of us wouldn’t put up with celibacy for a month, let alone a lifetime, is it so surprising that occasionally a few priests and nuns stray
from their vows? And sexual predators will always use their positions to bully their victims – no matter what organization they are in: the church,
industry, civil service, armed forces etc, etc, etc.
On another note, pardon me for my political incorrectness, but Sister Jesme looks like a right old boot. If you’ve ever read the Devils of Loudun
(or seen the 1971 film), you’ll know the havoc that sexually frustrated old boots with vivid imaginations can cause in religious communities. I’m
not saying this is DEFINITELY the case, but it is another consideration worth bearing in mind.
On the whole, most people who join the catholic church as priests and nuns have in their hearts a love of God, and a desire to serve Him by
ministering to people’s spiritual needs. At grass roots level they bring a lot of comfort to people: the sick, the bereaved, the outcasts, the poor
etc, etc. That’s OK by me. There might be a lot I don’t agree with about the RC church: lack of transparency, cover ups, hypocrisy, views on
contraception, views on homosexuality etc but on the whole their ordinary representatives do more good than evil in the community.