As a conservative and a Christian, I believe actor and comedian Pete Davidson should be strongly applauded for his recent controversial remarks on Saturday Night Live in which he compared the alleged R. Kelly sex scandals with the proven Catholic Church sex scandals.
Said Davidson on the show when addressing the R. Kelly situation: “Before I continue, this guy is a monster and he should go to jail forever. But if you support the Catholic Church, isn’t that like the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan? I don’t really see the difference, except for one’s music is significantly better.”
I totally agree with Davidson. I don’t see the difference either.
For years, fans of R. Kelly — as well as members of the music industry and a large part of the media — have looked the other way with regard to the allegations against him.
For decades, the “leaders” of the Catholic faith as well as most of its flock have oftentimes looked the other way or remained silent in the face of unspeakable sexual assaults perpetrated by their priests against mostly young boys and young men.
R. Kelly has yet to be proven a true monster. The never-ending list of priests, bishops and Cardinals guilty of these sins and crimes against humanity are monsters.
In many ways, I have always been a square peg in the round-hole of faith and politics. As a child, I grew up in abject poverty, was homeless often, and was evicted from 34 homes by the time I was seventeen years of age.
Poverty and discrimination were never some academic exercise to me. It was the reality I witnessed often during my young life.
Precisely because of my childhood, I have always believed we are all God’s children born with the exact same rights. The exact same.
No matter our gender, no matter our color, no matter our faith, and no matter our sexual orientation or identification, we are all born with those exact same rights which must be recognized and always protected.
Most especially, the rights of our children.
With regard to the sexual abuse scandal engulfing the Catholic faith, thousands of children — mostly young boys — have been abused. Billions of dollars and counting paid out. Lives and careers destroyed. Suicide seen as the only way out by many of the victims.
It was reported that when Pete Davidson made his rightful comparison on “Saturday Night Live,” some in the audience “gasped” or “booed.”
Better those gasps be in reaction to a young man taking his life. Better those boos be directed at those still working overtime to cover-up the crimes.
Last November, Catholic Bishops from America’s dioceses and archdioceses gathered in Baltimore to among other things, address and vote on the growing sex abuse scandal in the church. Many in attendance felt they were big-footed and shut down by the Pope and the Vatican.
Zero surprise to anyone following these decades-long crimes against mostly children.
Like many possibly or overtly guilty organizations and politicians, the Catholic Church seems to believe that if it pays off enough people and just waits it out, the obscene pedophile scandal infecting every strain of the faith, will eventually go away.
If history is a teacher, the Church’s reprehensible strategy will most likely succeed.
The sex abuse scandal now spot-welded to the Catholic Church must never be allowed to be once again hidden in the shadows.
Davidson dragged it kicking and screaming back into the light and for that, we all owe him a debt of gratitude.
MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of “The Forty Days — A Vision of Christ’s Lost Weeks.”