[Marxism] The conversion of Joel Kovel

Joseph Catron jncatron at gmail.com
Thu Sep 13 13:15:17 MDT 2012

On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 9:31 PM, Carl G. Estabrook <galliher at illinois.edu>wrote:

And it's undoubtedly true that the Catholic hierarchy did unconscionable
> things to cover up abuse of children by clergy when it did occur - just
> because they thought it was so awful, as it is.

Carl's perspective and mine are of course colored by our generations. But
as someone born a month before the first Presidential election of Ronald
Reagan, what's notable to me is that most people, during what my link
called "a narrow band of time of cultural tumult from the 1960s to the
early 1980s," didn't seem to think it was that awful at all.

I mean, it's really, really incredible to me, and I think most people my
age who followed the recent resurgence of his case, that there was an
actual debate at the time over whether Roman Polanski, whose crimes were
dutifully reported and prosecuted, should have spent a *year* in jail for
them! The public consciousness can really shift rapidly, I guess.

But that's the context in which I view criticism of the Church's handling
of abuse cases. Whose performance, in this regard, during that period, was
exemplary? Certainly not the Church's, the state's, nor (I'm told) the
Socialist Workers Party's. If the complaint's that the Church wasn't three
steps ahead of everyone else, then fine, it certainly wasn't.

"Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen

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