So I went to go see Spotlight a couple nights ago and it was one of the better movies I've seen in the last few years. The acting was superb and the concept was one that needed to be put on screen finally.
I find the topic of child molestation in the Catholic Church super fucked up and fascinating at the same time. I was raised catholic, went to all catholic schools, went to church all the time as a kid, etc. Now, I'm very skeptical of religion in general, but that's neither here nor there. What is here though is the disgusting issue of child molestation by priests in the catholic church. There were cases of molestation in my parish a few years ahead of me by this one dude (James Hanley, you can Google the creep) who molested about 20+ kids. The church covered it up, moved him around, it was swept under the carpet, the whole dirty deal. Long story short, it came to the surface after all of his victims decided to collectively step forward, and there was this whole local uproar that spread nationally and contributed to the larger exposure of the issue. Anyways, I have some thoughts/questions on the issue and I think it's a valid conversation topic to have due to the amount of corruption, cover-up, and denial that surrounds it.
Why does it happen? Do you think that the idea of celibacy is unnatural/illogical and it slowly forces priests to gravitate to secretive/creepier means of sexual satisfaction? Do pedophiles purposefully flock toward the profession of being a priest because it's an easy means of preying on weak children?
In terms of how much it is covered up, do you think that the church has such a governing voice over society (and even the government itself) that it has the ability to silence almost anyone/anything that challenges it?
Wouldn't the idea of there being a God that calls upon these people to do "right" in his name be completely discredited by all of this craziness?
Sorry if these questions are super heavy and not well articulated, I had a lot clearer idea of what I wanted to ask/discuss when I started the thread but kinda lost aim since I have so many thoughts on the topic. Either way, it's super fucked up and absolutely insane how this shit has been going on without any sort of repercussions for so long.
What do you guys think about all this? Also, anyone see the movie Spotlight?