Friday, July 01, 2005
The cost of sexual hypocrisy
Meanwhile, I missed a tale from Austria back in September. William Kole reported,
Austrians are leaving the Catholic Church in droves in disgust at two high-profile sex scandals involving child pornography and allegations of the molestation of young boys, Church leaders said yesterday.
More than 10,000 people have left the Vienna archdiocese in the last few months, with thousands more leaving parishes across the country.
No surprise there. But this is what caught my eye—
In overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Austria, people are automatically registered as Church members when baptised as infants. They must apply to the government to leave the Church under guidelines established by Adolf Hitler during the country’s Second World War Nazi occupation.
Never let it be said that Hitler did not have the interests of the Church at heart.
If this ugly European trend continues, the only place left where the clergy can feel free to have sex without fear of reprisal will be the Vatican.