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Anti-Catholic animus analyzed

Catholic World News - April 26, 2010

In a perceptive essay for the Weekly Standard, Joseph Bottum writes that many different actors have betrayed an inordinate interest in exploring the sex-abuse scandal within the Catholic Church. "Everyone is working, whether deliberately or not, to keep the hysteria alive," he writes. The problem is complicated because most American Catholics show no particular interest in joining the public debate, while the Vatican has mounted an abysmal defense: "The Vatican bureaucracy—poorly governed, it must be said, during Benedict’s pontificate—has swung ceaselessly and cluelessly between oblivious silence and tone-deaf whining."

Bottum argues that the insatiable appetite for criticism of the Church is motivated in part by the liberal insistence that the age of liberation should have ushered in a sort of utopia, and the need for a scapegoat to blame for the failure to produce that happy result.

Why have we been thwarted? Why aren’t we there yet?

The Catholic Church, of course. That’s the answer.

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