Mr. Kathryn Jean Lopez has taken to the august pages of cnn.com to proclaim "Criticism of Catholic Church is Unfair." His argument is sound: nobody ever called the cops on these molesting priests back in the day, so...
it hardly comes as a surprise that Cardinal Sean Brady in Ireland did not summon the authorities about a case involving a priest in the 1970s. What is surprising is why some are now indicting him, acting as if his response was the exception to the rule.
Um, Bill? "The exception is the rule" is a bad defense, fyi.
My favorite bit is the last graf:
The hyper-concentration on the Catholic Church is not by accident. The Church preaches an ethic of sexual restraint -- a profoundly countercultural idea -- so when a priest fails, it's tempting to highlight it. Human nature being what it is, that's understandable. But it's also immoral. Quite frankly, if sexual abuse is wrong, it should not matter what the identity of the abuser is. Selective justice is the highest form of injustice.
I dunno. Perhaps a greater injustice is 200 deaf kids get assaulted. Maybe?