The level of anti-Catholicism in Britain today is really astounding. I suppose it is so deeply ingrained int he British psyche that it is almost bound to surface whenever the Catholic Church is swept by a scandal such as the current one concerning the abuse of minors. And there is such a vast amount of misinformation and myth-making: one only needs to look at the discussion comments on the BBC news website to see that what is “known” by most people about the Church is really totally outlandish and confused. The myth of the Catholic Church which is part of the training in Britishness (apparently) is truly mind-blowing. From believing that Catholics believe the Pope cannot err (the worst error anyone might fall into when trying to understand Papal infallibility) to suggesting the Church is responsible for murders, rapes, tortures, anti-scientific pogroms, anti-Judaistic pogroms and any number of other ills which people seem generally to consider far worse than the ills of the present world, the British people – if judged on such discussions – appear to have no interest whatever in the objective, in the factual, in the truth.
That the truth is of little interest is very disturbing indeed, and that the myths are uncritically swallowed even more-so. People talk sweepingly in such discussions of the prevalence of sexual abuse in the Church but it is no different than in general society and is less than some professions such as teaching and social work. The rule of clerical celibacy is blamed. Do people really believe that paedophiles are only that way because they are unable to have sex with grown-ups (of either gender?)? That is ludicrous, not only because most people who were single and not interested in “one night stands” would then be open to suspicion and, presumably, actually becoming paedophiles due to lack of sexual activity, but because lots of priests in the world and throughout history who have not lived up to their vow of celibacy have had affairs with adults anyway, and because the abuse is just as common in Protestant communities where marriage of priests is, of course, permitted.
And, of course, the BBC with its distinct, anti-Catholic bias, is complicit in propagating the myths; and if you don’t like that, it is at least guilty of very one-sided reporting in which the Church is portrayed in a very particular, peculiar light which bears little or no relation to the actual experience of being Catholic. This article being a prime example of the drivel currently available for the unsuspecting to lap from Aunty’s faltering chin. Reading such nonsense is like drinking vinegar to anyone with a modicum of knowledge and experience of the Church.
I have really no idea why I get so frustrated, because there is no point. The truth does not matter to modern people, it seems, and has been replaced instead with a fantasy about truth perpetuated by the mainstream media, peddled by scientists and politicians, dressed up with speculative statistics like an old prostitute in a set of paste Crown Jewels.
Fortunately, Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat. And Satan, however hard he struggles – and it is clear he is fighting tooth and nail both within and outside Holy Church to destroy her – is already vanquished. May I suggest, however, dear readers, that we should offer as many Rosaries as we can for our beloved Holy Father that he may continue to command Peter’s barque with the great devotion, love and patience he has already shown, and that the forces of opposition to him – inspired by the Evil One – may not have their way.
Oh, and if you are on Facebook join the group opposing the mistreatment of the Holy Father in the media; and perhaps read this article which gives some interesting context.