In posts dated October 20, 2009, and February 3, I foretold and warned that a horrifying crescendo of abuse against the Holy Father would characterise this year, the year of his prospective visit to this country. I am not in the least gratified to discover that I appear to be right. We all need to pray and offer Masses regularly for this deeply holy and admirable man.
We hear, too, the old nonsense that clerical abuse scandals are somehow connected with the rule of celibacy. This is nonsense. In the Church of England, where clerical marriage is allowed, I know of horrible examples of such abuse. And it not only happens among clergy who have chosen not to marry; the idea that a married man is uniquely proofed against this perversion is simplistic rubbish.
I also know of accusations made against both priests and schoolmasters which were false and which nevertheless ruined the lives of those accused. That is also a peculiarly horrible form of abuse. How sure are we that all the accusations currently being relished by our sick and prurient media are true? After all, people who expend much effort in digging big holes are not commonly attempting and hoping to find nothing.