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September 19, 2018

Just my opinion: The 'Day of Reckoning' is long overdue
Michelle Kuester
Dakota County Star Editor

I write this column with great care and restraint because this is a subject that has always particularly infuriated me.

Those who belong to the Catholic religion are, for the most part, wonderful people with fantastic intentions who are just looking for a little direction in a world that won't stop spinning, literally and figuratively.

I say “for the most part” because there isn't any one group that doesn't contain at least a few bad apples. And no, that doesn't spoil the bunch.

But as someone with very little religious background, and none of that Catholic, I don't understand how enough isn't enough. I say that with respectful inquisition.

Yet another massive report was released a few weeks ago documenting more than 1,000 victims of Catholic priests in Pennsylvania going back decades. The grand jury in the case said it believes “that the real number — of children whose records were lost, or who were afraid ever to come forward — is in the thousands.”

In the Pittsburgh diocese alone, one city, 99 abusers were identified.

This is just one report.

Then, there's the report from the early 2000's, commissioned by the Church, that said 4,000 Catholic priests from the United States had faced sexual abuse allegations in only the last 50 years.

According to a story by the BBC, sexual and psychological abuse was literally considered an endemic, which is defined as a disease or condition regularly found among particular people or in a certain area, in Catholic-run industrial schools and orphanages in Ireland for most of the 20th century.

Just today, Aug. 28, Pennsylvania's attorney general claims that they have evidence that the Vatican knew of the recently disclosed abuse in Pennsylvania.

There's no denying that this is more than a problem. A problem that seems to fade with court settlements and “We're sorry's.”

When will that no longer be enough? Why wasn't it 15 years ago? When will the monsters that do these crimes and cover them up face their day of reckoning here on earth?

Regardless of what you believe happens in the afterlife, they deserve to suffer here, today as well.

The Church deserves a chance to redeem itself. There is, without a doubt, more good than evil within it. The good just need to be more outspoken and hold those who deserve it unabashedly accountable.

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