Ostensibly, Brumfield's piece is a vigorous defense of the Catholic Church’s way of handling the many cases of child abuse that have surfaced in recent years. Actually, it's an attack piece aimed at shadows the writer calls "the media."
The ruthless condemnations by the media and critics are offset by the hypocrisy of their howls of empty outrage against the religious leaders’ crimes. Critics rightfully decry the sexual mistreatment of children by a few Catholic priests yet they remain silent, even supportive, of filmmaker Roman Polanski, who fled the United States into European exile in 1978 after admitting to forcible sex with a 13-year-old girl. Polanski is revered as a gifted yet misread artist, defended and forgiven by his supporters of a crime that happened so long ago. They are silent in the sexualization of children by Hollywood, the media and even the makers of pre-teen Halloween costumes.Click here to read the piece in its entirety.
Brumfield’s tedious writing style almost suggests that he is meticulously using logic and well-documented facts to attack those journalists he feels have unfairly criticized the Catholic Church. But when one’s premise is rather bogus and too many of their convenient facts have been bent into shape, well, about all we are left with is tedium.
Hey, if this week's Back Page had merely set out to defend a silly bunch of Tea Party activists, or bungling public officials, it would have been easy to have laughed it off. But abusing the truth to deflect the richly-deserved criticism of an institution that has made the betrayal of trust systematic goes too far.
To borrow a phrase from an old friend who has a special way with words, Mr. Brumfield’s suggestion that the Catholic Church is the real victim in the child abuse scandal is enough to make a goat puke.