Everybody knows by now that if you are a little Catholic boy, you need to wear stainless steel, padlocked underwear with a car alarm and an automatic pepper spray dispenser or you might get molested by your priest. The official stance of the church is “That is some wrong shit. Stop that, guys. You’re making us look bad.” I guess the priests in the Netherlands didn’t get that memo.
There’s a Dutch organization whose sole purpose is to overturn the laws banning adult-child sexual relations. It’s not illegal for the group to exist, but the Dutch folks are pretty much disgusted by it across the board. Oh, except the Catholic priests of course. A 73-year-old priest, Father Van B., not only supports the group but serves on its board of directors. Isn’t that a novel little part-time activity for a Catholic priest. As if that’s not bad enough, the guy’s boss, Delegate Herman Spronck, knew about it and not only looked the other way then but is still half-way supporting him now. Spronck says:
Of course we reject this and distance ourselves from this personal initiative. Membership in such organizations does not fit with the ethos of the Salesian order. Removing someone from the order is something you would only do in the case of grave moral transgression, such as rape. There was never any question of that.
Personal initiative? So basically, anything you do in your own time is just fine as long as you don’t rape anybody. Oh, Spronck was also well aware of the fact that Father Van B. was arrested for exposing himself in public……….twice.
Good lookin out there, Church. You make it SO EASY for me to be a hardcore atheist. While I was off volunteering at a soup kitchen this morning (because that’s what I do on holidays, I try to do a little volunteer work), Dutch priests were trynna get it legal for them to diddle little boys while their bosses stood by like “I see you, I’m shaking my head, but you can stay as long as you don’t rape anybody.”
More Holy Crimes this week via Joe.My.God.