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SPORTS and the CATHOLIC CHURCH

June 26, 2012

Ask yourself WHY these two  institutions are currently (and again) in the midst of pedophile national scandals.

The Press coverage and guilty verdicts last week of Sandusky and the Monsignor have had my brain churning.  What is it about sports and religion – both of whom purport to help children as one of their objectives- that fuels these awful nightmares?

Do they naturally attract pedophiles because that is where they find vulnerable children looking for a caring adult role model?

Or is the answer not in the pedophiles themselves, but in the institutions to which such individuals are attracted?

Why does it seem the institutions “cover up” or ignore as their first priority?  It’s getting hard to continue to accept that those who could step in and stop the atrocities “didn’t know” or “couldn’t believe it”.  After all, how many times over the last 50 years has it happened?

And yet, it is equally as hard to believe that either institution could with good conscience put their institution’s reputation, desire to win, fame, money, or whatever the motivator of the day is above the very audience they proclaim they serve.

Do they believe their championing of a “greater good” can ever be an excuse for the evil within their ranks?

I have no answers; I wrestle with this each time another horrendous occurrence surfaces. So I was encouraged to see the Monsignor found guilty. The Church may not think they have an issue, but the citizens that judged them found them guilty; perhaps that is signal that we need to look deeper for the source.

A Letter to the Editor in the Strib today presented the argument this is an abuse of power – and that when protection of power is pitted against the protection of disadvantaged and vulnerable people, “power will do whatever it has to do to protect itself”.   That may be so, but it does not make it right; so how do we make those responsible accountable?

The author of the Letter to the Editor suggests that we each individually now have a choice to make:  Do we pretend Sandusky and Penn State did not happen or do we learn from it no matter how painful?

And of course, that leads my brain to larger questions… Is it a reflection of OUR values that allows this to continue?  Why do we not routinely question responsible sources for cover up and hold them accountable? 

For me, there is no logical pathway to the answers.  The only thing I know for sure is that it is not enough to find the pedophile himself guilty; we have to fix the systems that value a win or power or whatever  more than we value the victim….even if it means a major RETHINK should be applied to both as we now know them.   Both the sports world and the Catholic Church need to understand the end does not justify the mean.

 

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