My cousin posted this link to his fb wall…independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/catholic-priest-rape-15-year-old-girl-kerala-india-mathew-vadakkacheril-consumerism-temptations-sex-a7613406.html
According to the article, a Catholic priest in india raped a 15-year-old girl. A Christian magazine, Sunday Shalom (which is reportedly backed by the Church), is quoted to say that it places the blame primarily on the girl!
There are two questions that could be asked about this:
First of all, my cousin’s motives for posting such an article are pretty clear as he ends his posting with the words “…and people continue to wonder why I stopped being Catholic.”
He has been adamantly against having anything to do with religion…or anything that cannot be physically proven for that matter, for many years. He seems to take pleasure in posting these kinds of things to seemingly prove religion’s hypocrisy.
First there is the question of whether everything that is supposedly backed by the Church (in the magazine’s case, a Catholic “Sabha” or association) is meant to be 100% flawless; as in, whether it is supposed to represent all the views of the church as a whole.
Thus, can the article REALLY say that the Church blames “consumerism and temptations of the body” for this rape in the way it is read here; as if the Pope himself said it?
I don’t know if I want try to give a rebuttal to my cousin’s post as it will likely start a thing (he is quite a debater and while I can hold my own to a point, I don’t have the stamina for it).
Sure, I can say that “not all priests are like him” and I can go on to point out the percentages of how many honorable priests there are compared to un-honerable ones. Or I can say something to the effect that "leaving the church (or any religion) based on imperfect people will never end in finding the “perfect religion”, but it would likely loop back to the assumption that the Church backs these kind of atrocities and, 'yknow, back to the same “hypocrisies” he’s trying to show off. He doesn’t believe that God started the church after all since he doesn’t believe in Him so he views it in the sense that it’s a purely human invention.
I want to choose my battles wisely (so I will most likely unfollow his posts hehe), but I’d like to know your thoughts on this, if you have any
St. Monica, pray for us.
Thanks in advance