The National Commission of Women’s communiqué to the provincial chairman of Loyola College, Chennai, Rev Dr Jabemalai Irudayaraja, to look into the issue of sexual harassment of Josephine Jeyashanthi by her superiors in the institute and ensure compliance with the orders of the Madras High Court is yet another chapter in the sordid saga of Christian centres across the world facing charges of depravity by those in positions of authority. The way Father Franco Mulakkal, who served as the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jalandhar, with the help of the complicit Christian authorities, brazenly tried to choke the voice of a nun who had accused him of rape in June 2018 is still fresh in public memory. These are but some of the many cases in India amid several others from across the world where the class of priests of the said religion have allegedly been sexual predators and even paedophiles. While Islam faces bad press globally, thanks to the terrorists that sprout from the faith here, there and everywhere, and the lament of “Islamophobia” does not help assuage the horrified people, the Church does not face enough condemnation even in the West where a large section has turned atheist, agnostic, rationalist or otherwise leftist — especially in western Europe. The cases of abuse where the offenders met with no punishment are aplenty. The Dallas Morning News had reported in 2004 that even after incriminating revelations and public outcry, the institutional church had moved allegedly abusive priests out of the countries where they had been accused but assigned them again to “settings that bring them into contact with children, despite church claims to the contrary”. Among the media investigation’s findings was that nearly half of 200 cases “involved clergy who tried to elude law enforcement”. These cases were over and above those of sexual predation by Christian priests reported in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Argentina, Chile, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia and several other countries. The incidents are besides those in some African countries where women being initiated into the order of nuns are asked to first have sex with the male priests after the victims are brainwashed into believing that was the way to God!
It will, of course, be a bigoted stretch to suggest there is something in the religion that facilitates such criminal behaviour. The Christian world must, however, consider yet another reform to address the recurring crimes, which the Renaissance left untouched. If turning Protestant was a bid to look logical while remaining faithful to the divine, the next reform must attempt a return to spirituality. A fundamental flaw in the institutional structure of Christianity is that it resembles an administrative office to the extent that the concern of the realm beyond takes a backseat in the midst of elections and appointments for different posts for the clerics. Add to it the conversion drive they conduct in ‘unconquered’ territories and the social security they provide to the wretched “born again” people, and the faith stops being that and rather transforms into a political phenomenon. And when there is politics, when power is at stake, there will be efforts to cover up crimes. Whereas wolves in sheep’s clothing have been reported by all religious communities, it is only here that a mammoth bureaucratic structure proves a hindrance to justice. If the Christian heads of all sects, for Christ’s sake, do not come together to disband the unholy apparatus — which they will not, for a ruler seldom relinquishes his reign — the religion will cede further ground to Islam, which is making deep inroads everywhere despite the horrible public impression about Mohammed’s followers. The end of a degenerate Christianity is foretold in today’s society where the woke thrive and where Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, etc show no inclination to increase their respective populations and affect the demographics of one country after another.