Sunday, 24 July 2011

The sex abuse victims who will have to sue God

There is the Billy Connelly film The Man Who Sued God about a man who takes God to court when he one piece of property his boat is destroyed by a lightning strike. The reason of course is the infamous insurance company get out "an act of God".

Why am I bringing this us? Well it appears that the Catholic Church is using the defence in court that the priests involved in sex abuse are not technically employed by the church. In a Christian sense they are right, in that priests are effectively called by God to their charges. However, the training that they undergo is given by the church, the supervision is given by the church, the name above the door (or where ever it is) is that of the church. So effectively the church is a chain of franchise operations seems to be what they are saying, run by a number of self-employed or God-employed individuals.

So the church is trying to effectively use scripture to circumvent their own responsibility to remove, take action against these men, to stop them having access to opportunity whilst representing the church.

There is of course a passage of scripture that comes to mind. "Give unto Ceasar what is Ceasars" Luke 20:25. Or of course "If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him take your coat also." Matthew 5:40. Now both these are sayings of Jesus who is the recognised Head of the Church in the Roman Catholic tradition. So maybe they should listen to their boss and just get on with doing as he says.

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