Since I praised Catholic writer Leila Miller, I should null the balance by noting when she's wrong. Her latest column
calls on Catholic men to stand up against the collaborating hierarchy.
This is a fallacy, parallel to politicians blaming the voters
for bad government.
In both cases the people who are still INSIDE the institution have been selected as collaborators. The people who might have been able to oppose evil have stopped voting and stopped attending a long time ago.
One commenter gave an illuminating inside view. Heterosexual men left the church for obvious reasons. Churches are mostly women, and the women in the Roman church are a specific type. They're Karens. (See 'scrupulosity'.
) So the bishops and priests are simply going with the flow when they collaborate with the holocaust.
I don't have an inside view, but this agrees with what I used to hear on EWTN. The callers to their talk shows were Karens, citing every section and subsection of the rulebook verbatim,
snitching on the priest for every mispronounced syllable or misfolded vestment or misplaced gesture.
Leila also called the weak men effeminate. This is both inaccurate and counterproductive, and the inaccuracy is immediately relevant. The young Hispanic priest who Leila praised for his courageous apology
is physically delicate and high-voiced. He would be called effeminate by the schoolyard bullies who like to use the word. He turned out to have more GUTS
than the beefy cigar-puffing priests who easily go with the evil flow.
What we need is GUTS,
no matter what kind of package contains the GUTS.