Yesterday, I blogged about how the Catholic Church was getting away with covering up hundreds of child abuse cases despite investigators’ having no reasonable doubt of their crimes.
And now it seems that a former Catholic nun, Sister Jesme, in India is releasing an autobiography called Amen, which alleges that church officials of both genders regularly broke their vows of celibacy as well as regularly forced novices into sex.
The author reveals that she herself was such a victim of sexual harassment, having been propositioned in the confession box by a priest who cited biblical references to “divine kisses.”
Later she was cornered by a lesbian nun at a college where they were teaching. “She would come to my bed in the night and do lewd acts and I could not stop her,” she claims.When she was sent to Bangalore to stay with a priest known for his piety, he lectured her about the need for “physical love” and later assaulted her.
“Back in his room, he tried to fondle me and when I resisted, got up and asked angrily if I had seen a man. When I said no, he stripped himself, ejaculated and forced me to strip,” she writes.
According to Sister Jesme, senior church officials twice tried to admit her into rehabilitation clinics and claimed she had mental problems after she complained about the scale of sexual abuse and the number of illicit affairs between nuns and priests.
And like in Ireland and the rest of the world, this is only the tip of the iceberg with regards to Catholic sex abuse:
The Catholic Church in India is mired in a series of sexual controversies, and has only just begun to recover from the dismissal of a senior bishop who “adopted” an attractive 26-year-old female companion as his “daughter”.
Oh, and the best part comes at the end of the Telegraph article, when one church official is quoted as saying something so delusional and repulsive that it just further proves yesterday’s thesis that Catholic Church is an evil organization that must be destroyed:
Dr Paul Thelekkat, a spokesman for the Syro-Malabar Catholic church said he had some sympathy for sister Jesme, and respected her freedom to express her views, but he believed her claims were trivial. “How far what she says is well-founded I can’t say, but the issues are not very serious. We’re living with human beings in a community and she should realise this is part of human life,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
You said it, Dr Paul Thelekkat. What’s this chick’s problem? Rape is such a trivial matter hardly worth anybody’s attention. It was probably her own fault anyway for being such an attractive temptation. Besides the Bible clearly says women ought to be submit to men.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Catholic Church.