Biased Political And Religious Misbehavior Now Blocks Secular Rights, Fosters Key Institutional Destruction

By Donald A. Collins | 5 October 2021
Church and State

The U.S. Supreme Court begins a new term, one that will be dominated by issues such as abortion and religion. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

The recent surfacing of two major Catholic Church hierarchy scandals only proves the adage “Tis human to err”. But these are truly massive abuse stories.

Read the latest here and here.

This second story about the French history of Catholic sexual abuse of children, which just broke today is so horrendous this quote from the BBC article gives you the shivers:

Some 216,000 children – mostly boys – have been sexually abused by clergy in the French Catholic Church since 1950, a damning new inquiry has found.

The head of the inquiry said there were at least 2,900-3,200 abusers, and accused the Church of showing a “cruel indifference towards the victims”.

Pope Francis “felt pain” on hearing about the inquiry’s finding, a Vatican statement said.

One of those abused said it was time the Church reassessed its actions.

François Devaux, who is also the founder of the victims’ association La Parole Libérée (Freed speech), said there had been a “betrayal of trust, betrayal of morale, betrayal of children”.

The inquiry found the number of children abused in France could rise to 330,000, when taking into account abuses committed by lay members of the Church, such as teachers at Catholic schools.

For Mr Devaux it marked a turning point in France’s history: “You have finally given institutional recognition to victims of all the Church’s responsibility – something that bishops and the Pope have not yet been prepared to do.

Like the sexual scandal which exposed the Boy Scouts, we know the obvious secular truth that sexual misbehavior will continue—but will it be unabated?

However, the embracing of religious beliefs in deciding secular policies is not what our Country’s founders, mostly deists, intended.

Now, having anointed themselves with holy water—whatever that is—the RC leadership again excoriated President Biden for his position on abortion choice.

The abortion issue certain will be adjudicated in this term’s session of the US Supreme Court, probably killing Roe v Wade, after this 1973 decision helped provide women safe, mostly early abortions for 48 years. The Mississippi abortion law now up for consideration by the Court law may be approved by the Court, truly a major setback for safe, efficacy and accessibility. You can read the facts here.

After reading these Catholic hierarchy stories of abuse, one cannot believe the attackers of the right to choose have ANY moral authority to question the right to abortion choice. In fact these Justices simply should not have that right, but they will.

Your recall of course Trump’s successful ideological packing of the Supreme Court with three religiously ideological justices.

The hypocritical outrageousness of the likely Supreme Court’s possible decision is my principal point in this opinion piece: These dangerous religious and political assaults on the Supreme Court and our other key institutions endanger the bedrocks of our democracy.

Trump’s abetting of deep racial hatred’s—remember his “There are good people on both sides” after the Charlottesville assault? And his role in the January 6th insurrection? These are but 2 examples of his evil years in office. But now, out of office, not yet convicted and in control of one of our two major parties, we stand in awe of how our justice system has to date failed to stop this potential tyrant who wraps himself in American flags and promises freedom when the opposite is true.

Scary especially now as the result of Trump’s lying and intimidating behavior is the fact that the GOP’s Congressional leadership has stopped governing at a crucial time in our troubled history.

If you feel no outrage at these devastating developments, you must like the Proud Boys or believe the mouthings of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson or Fox’s deep throat companions.

As too many of our citizens ignore our future and indulge in fantasies, like avoiding wearing masks or vaccines during our current Delta surge, all of us will reap the consequences of these moral lapses.

Those of us who care for secular wellbeing must not allow religious orthodoxy and felonious criminal behavior to stand in the way of justice.

The 2022 midterm elections will have crucial effect on our future.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013, Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive? and We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?.

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