In her latest folly, Maureen Dowd severely misrepresents the issue of child molestation in the Roman Catholic Church. Her article, “Worlds Without Women,” criticizes the ascetic celibacy of the all-male priesthood. She even suggests that by being more inclusive of women, the Church could have avoided these tragic abuses. But ascetic celibacy is not the cause of child molestation, and Dowd is wrong to take up this issue in the name of women’s liberation. For her, these abused children are just an image to be manipulated–a means to her end:
Negating women is at the heart of the church’s hideous — and criminal — indifference to the welfare of boys and girls in its priests’ care. Lisa Miller writes in Newsweek’s cover story about the danger of continuing to marginalize women in a disgraced church that has Mary at the center of its founding story:
“In the Roman Catholic corporation, the senior executives live and work, as they have for a thousand years, eschewing not just marriage, but intimacy with women … not to mention any chance to familiarize themselves with the earthy, primal messiness of families and children.” No wonder that, having closed themselves off from women and everything maternal, they treated children as collateral damage, a necessary sacrifice to save face for Mother Church.
Read the full text (and be appalled by her conflation of the oppression of women with the sexual abuse of children) here.