Something is truly amiss within the Catholic Church, and the people of America, as well as the world, are about at their wit’s end over it.
Somewhere along the line, maybe a long, long time ago, a culture of wicked perversion invaded the Catholic priesthood. Whether this sinful behavior was part of the church itself or brought in from some outside place is yet to be discovered, but not for a lack of effort.
These abuses have been spoken about for some time, but almost exclusively outside of the mainstream media. The same pundits being censored by YouTube and Facebook today were the ones sounding the horn years, sometimes decades ago regarding this systemic evil at the root of the most powerful church on the planet.
In Pennsylvania, just weeks ago, a jaw dropping number of sexual abuse cases were revealed, spanning hundreds of members of the clergy and thousands of children. The authorities announced that they had set up a hotline for others to call and report abuse as well, and the phones have been ringing off the hook.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro was wrapping up his livestreamed address in Harrisburg last week, on the release of a bombshell grand jury reportcataloging how the Catholic Church covered up the abuse of more than 1,000 minors by some 300 priests over 70 years, when he made an appeal: We want more survivors to report.
“If you are listening to this news conference, and you know of sexual abuse being committed by a priest or a member of clergy against yourself, or anyone else, please call us,” Shapiro implored viewers.
Since then, according to Pennsylvania officials, a cascade of more than 400 calls has rolled in to the clergy-abuse hotline.
The attorney general’s office has been scrambling to keep up, pulling in specially trained investigators from other departments to handle the deluge, according to Joe Grace, a spokesman for Shapiro.
“We’ve deployed agents from our child predator section and brought them over to answer and respond to these calls that are coming in to the hotline,” said Grace, noting that the surge in calls is the largest officials have seen since the hotline was launched two years ago.
This is a bittersweet victory for the human race. While it is truly and utterly horrific that so many people have been abused at the hands of those they were supposed to trust the most, it is uplifting and truly inspiring that so many are finding the courage to speak out now.