2 issues. Both concerning the catholic church. Prompted by a movie I watched y’day, namely: Spotlight.
Speaking on the movie, neither enjoyed it nor understood it well. Give me Jackie Chan’s Rumble in the Bronx any time.
Spotlight dealt with Pedophile priests in the cath. church, saying the malaise reached farther than individual cases. Organized? Peculiar. But the idea that it ‘lives’ on the support of the Laity is Well said.
Sadly, I am a person personally acquainted with a lot of pain, and not just mine. A whole batch of young nuns who had been raped had come to the ashram of ***, in ***, while I was there. Some of them spoke to me too.
I know 2 grown up men, one of them a priest, victims of sexual abuse when young, and how ‘destroyed’ they are.
I know a number of children, victims of same.
As for myself, a man, in present day Mumbai, but Many years ago, had kissed me on the cheek, (and how! he had ‘sucked’ my cheek into his mouth, the very memory of which revolts); and a senior seminerian, (today a respected member of the clergy), as per his usual practice, had run his hand over my bum while a whole bunch of us were on the stairs. I would bring up, if I were to dwell on it.
Coming back to the cath. church – (let others take up and comment and try to clean up their own groups) – part of the malaise lies with the church which lays so much stock on celibacy. This itself is trying to satisfy the expectation of the Laity!
What I mean to say is, from the Extreme Resulsion I feel from these memories, and from the sharing I have received, I can understand just How Affected victims of sexual abuse feel.
For all that… While the number of those affected by sexual abuse, even within living memory would be Large,
WHOLE PEOPLES are affected by Caste discrimination.
Unconnected with the cath. church, here’s the latest from India. A boy, a Xth class student (that would make him about 16), upon asking for his mother’s wages for work done, (that means it was being denied), was made to Lick the feet of the so called upper-caste fellow’s feet!
Talking Only of castes, how is the situation in the cath. church?
A young catholic woman, was surrounded by about 40 young men and ragged. I personally know of this.
A young man, accused of ‘riding his motorcycle fast,’ (false charge), had stones thrown at him while he was riding. He had been injured in the process. …Once, while he was taking me to the bus stop, I saw the so-called upper-caste boys pick up stones. They desisted only after noticing me.
A very highly educated man (being of the so called lower caste), now about 65, is in shambles because of the way he is treated, again by the so called upper caste. Case personally known.
Let us come to Priests. Priests of the so called lower caste All but Weep.
Tamil Nadu is Most infamous in this. Even the bishops are chosen with caste in mind.
But it is not only India and its castes. As I have asked earlier, Has there ever been a Non-white pope?
So what say, which is worse: Sexual abuse in the cath. church or the Racism in it? 😦