The water it soon came in, it did,
The water it soon came in;
So to keep them dry, they wrapped their feet
In a pinky paper all folded neat,
And they fastened it down with a pin.
And they passed the night in a crockery-jar,
And each of them said, ‘How wise we are!
Though the sky be dark, and the voyage be long,
Yet we never can think we were rash or wrong,
While round in our Sieve we spin!’
Far and few, far and few,
Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
And they went to sea in a Sieve.
As a roman catholic, I am aghast at the mistreatment of children (mainly children, but adults were mistreated as well) that has happened in catholic church institutions.
I believe that those that want to mistreat others are drawn to institutions where this is made possible, and easy: I do not believe that catholic church is an exception.
The institutions, by definition, will keep the internally discovered scandals to themselves, to protect their good name, obviously at the detriment of victims, past and future: I do not believe that catholic church is an exception.
This prevents institutions from acknowledging the wrong done and introducing reforms that would make such abuse much less likely. Both acknowledgement and reforms are necessary: one to heal the past and one to safeguard the future: again, catholic church is no exception.
I remember the times when the priest walking through the villages would be greeted with being kissed on the hand, the way I greet my father.
So I feel anger and the sorrow that many priests (and many nuns) abused their position.
but I direct my fury and disdain at those who knew what was happening, or should have made it their business, and who did NOTHING.
Because here is the thing: those of us who are not perpetrating the (particular) crime vastly outnumber those of us who commit that sin/crime. We have responsibility and the power to stop such things occurring, and yet we often do nothing.
The mindset is usually: the Catholic/Zionist/Buddihst would never do that. But our capacity to do evil is build into all of us. And only by calling the crime out loud we can start remedy the evil.