Too Much Horror

“To sin by silence, when we should protest, makes cowards out of men,” the poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox

These times, these times, these times. Hardly the best of times. Yet still the tale of two cities.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” John Stuart Mill

The things that that have warranted news items, some repeated, some only small articles. Such little outcry.

  • Families seeking refuge imprisoned and raped, tortured, broken.
  • Child trafficking by the government—children taken from their parents to be adopted by Christian families.
  • The Catholic Church found out beyond imagination in pedophilia, the rape of nuns, and nuns as sex slaves. Belated acknowledgement by at least 20 years because it is a process. A continued defense of the church, the Holy Mother Church. Not a church of God or Christ, but of the Pope.
  • A black doll found hanging in a Michigan dorm room. A Chrysler factory where hanging ropes and N—er go home is painted.
  • Sex abuse by Buddhist Monks
  • Red MAGA hats
  • Guns
  • Protests
  • The subjugation of women
  • The resurgence of the KKK
  • The Lie and liars
  • The betrayal and destruction of the Earth
  • War

The end of a virtuous state portents the end of the state, according to the Tao.

Erik Ravelosi, Los intocables 2012

Erik Ravelosi, Los intocables 2012

Too Much

The Point Is…


The sun sets behind a church in the Pittsburgh Diocese, one of six dioceses mentioned in the massive report on sexual abuse among Pennsylvania clergy.
Gene J. Puskar/AP

Over 300 priests in Pennsylvania, and yet the true number?—over 1,000. Guilty. Abuse, coverups, transfers, whole families, boys and girls. And this is one state. Are there any innocents left?

Why has the Catholic Church not been shut down? Doors closed? Priests, Bishops, Cardinals, Popes, if not tried in courts of law, stripped of their protecting garments?

Protection and propagation is offered from a church that exhumed a buried Pope in order to take him to justice. (Or injustice.) Pope Stephen VIII tried the dead Pope Formosus in the Cadaver Synod, 897 ce. The corpse played an actual part. Can we assume he was found guilty?

If anyone has not seen The Keepers, on Netflix, please do so. The Church is not above any act, including murder, to protect the Brotherhood of Abuse. All levels of government and the Church are involved.

“The findings [Grand Jury] revealed a pattern of abuse that occurred in hundreds of parishes in 54 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties going back at least 80 years. It detailed how fellow clergy members conducted shoddy investigations into sexual abuse allegations and how bishops often sided with abusive priests.”
Heard on All Things Considered

How is it that all Catholics are not rebelling? And yet, I’ve heard the retort, for the lesser crimes spoken by nuns in their dark habits, knees blistered from kneeling, hands scrubbed raw. Is it not difficult to get out that damn spot?

The Pope does not speak for God, as God, unless he speaks ex cathedra (from The Chair, the Papal Chair). Then, and only then, does the Pope represent God. God will not let him speak wrongly. They are the very words of God.

It is easy to say then, the abuse, the silence, the coverups, were not the acts of the true Catholic Clergy, the most Catholic and Holy Pope of the Catholic Church. Ergo, the Church is innocent. 

And this is where Faith comes in. Reason will not get you there. 

I am embarrassed to say that I raised my children Catholic. I said the rosary every night in bed. I prayed the souls out of Purgatory on All Hallows Eve. Mea Culpa. Mea Maxima Culpa.

I still regret not saving the beautifully illustrated Seven Deadly Sins.