Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
The sex problem in the Catholic Church was caused by gay priests preying on altar boys. That’s not pedophilia (dirty old man and young girl), that’s pederasty (gay man and young boy), which is a crime and also a sin. The behavior went on for years while the Church hierarchy actively covered it up, denied it happened, took the predators’ side against the victims. The congregation at large believed the people in authority and dismissed allegations as wicked gossip and ridiculous conspiracy theory.
There have been rumors floating around for a couple of years that sex with children is rampant in certain corners of politics. Bill Clinton rode the Lolita Express (a charter flight to a private island where underage sex is supposedly available). Anthony Weiner’s texts. A pizza parlor in New York that sold no pizza but sent a lot of children on deliveries. Child porn found on computers that also were used to leak classified data. Celebrity suicides for no apparent reason but who are linked to people accused of promoting child sex. At this point, the politicians deny it happened. The FBI seems to be covering for certain well-connected people. The media dismisses the allegations as wicked gossip and ridiculous conspiracy theory. And ordinary people still believe the people in authority.
I’m getting a sick feeling in my stomach.
My big worry is that we – all of us – are getting so desensitized that the level of what it takes to shock us is approaching meaninglessness.