It may very well be high time for the global community to acknowledge a startling and disturbing reality about the Catholic Church.
For years, we have been inundated with stories of high level priests and other members of the clergy systemically covering up or participating in vile abuses aimed directly at the youth who find themselves in the church. In a place as supposedly welcoming and Godly as their local house of worship, these young men have been exposed to something truly evil in such a staggering frequency as to call into question much of what we think of the organizations within Catholicism.
Now, only after the Pope himself has truly acknowledged the scope and scale of these abuses are we seeing a public revolt against the sexual tyranny of the Catholic Church.
For some, the inexcusable abuses are too much to bear.
A Catholic priest who was brutally beaten in his church reported his unidentified attacker said, “This is for all the kids,” before he beat him until he was unconscious.
Rev. Basil Hutsko, 64, of St. Michael’s Byzantine Church in Merrillville, Indiana was attacked from behind by a man who reportedly “grabbed him, choked him and threw him to the ground and knocked him unconscious,” said Rev. Thomas Loya, according to WGN.
The attack has been turned over to the FBI and is to be investigated as a hate crime, says the news report.
Loya said Hutsko reported the unidentified assailant “was wearing gloves.”
Hutsko said he presumed the man’s statement, “This is for all the kids,” was a reference to the recently released Pennsylvania grand jury report that alleged sex abuse of minors by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years.
We must ask ourselves some extremely tough questions in the face of this scandal, as it is absolutely imperative to discover whether or not the Catholic Church is creating these monsters through some sort of clandestine cultural aberration, or if they are simply harboring these unfit-for-breathing cretins.
In either case, change must come and it must come quickly, for the sake of all that is Holy.