• Sheila Penelope Thorne

Church and State: Blackface, Over It and Outrage

Bishops and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years, persuading victims not to report the abuse and law enforcement not to investigate it, according to a searing report issued by a grand jury on Tuesday.

This is just one state; there are 50. Add the sexual abuse of nuns to this. This is current and continuing,  it is criminal and it is a pattern. Are we not alarmed by the systematic sexual abuse of women and children?

We can react to everything with a like, dislike, or on social media; but, should we? The blackface photo triggered me. I had an incident with the Klu Klux Klan in 1979 and the photo was uncomfortable. I fast forwarded to Charlottesville, VA last year when Unit the Right marchers chanted ” Jews will not replace us.”  and the car attack that killed Heather Heyer. That was my trigger, my rabbit hole to climb out of. This revelation from the past did not reflect the present. It was a reminder, we need to calibrate. Is past history a current mode of operation? Is it dangerous, is it criminal, is it a pattern?  In case of church and state: the Virginia governor in blackface, get over it; the church’s sexual abuse of women and children is an outrage.




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