This article asks a question that, in any other context, would be absurd:
The plain facts of the case to be answered are horrific and undeniable. Since the dam crumbled around the turn of the decade, a cascade of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy has come tumbling into the open. So many cases emerged that the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference commissioned an expert study, which concluded in 2004 that, since 1950, 10,667 individuals had made plausible allegations against 4,392 priests, 4.3 per cent of the entire body of clergy in that period. The total bill in settlements with victims is spiralling toward $2 billion and won’t stop, Forbes predicts, this side of $5 billion. Depressingly similar stories from other First World countries, including Canada, soon emerged; the situation in Latin America and Africa, where no investigations have ever been made, can only be imagined.
In ANY other context, the Pope and all the priests would have been IMMEDIATELY arrested and thrown into a deep, dark hole. In the United States at least, people who sexually molest children are shown no mercy whatsoever. The legal system does its utmost to completely destroy their lives.
We could ask the same type of questions about the Muslim world. Should Muslims face charges for their crimes of discrimination against women? There are entire Muslim nations where women cannot drive, cannot vote, can not even dress as they choose.
And why can’t Catholic women become priests?
All of these religious atrocities are atrocities that would receive maximal punishment in any other context. But society wears religious blinders. Society should recognize that religion is an absurdity – a complete delusion. The fact that a majority can be deluded does not change the absurdity. When crimes are committed, the scales of justice should punish equally.