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If You Go down to the Church Today…

By A.C. Storr
New Matilda (Australia)

In the middle of its biggest sex abuse scandal yet, A.C. Storr thought the Catholic Church might take a moment on Good Friday to feel for the suffering of its victims. She was wrong.

On Good Friday I went to church. I was raised Catholic, and while the storytelling and fantastical aura of religion suited me well in early childhood, it took a mere 12 years for me to fall out of love with the Church for good. On discovering in Grade 6 that I myself could not be the Pope because I had a dirty vagina, all magic drained out of the Church structure and I saw what I largely still see — a hierarchy that feeds on the vulnerability of the uneducated to maintain an insular kingdom for arrogant men. I didn’t want to be a part of it at 12, and I told my idealist parents that if women can’t lead it, it’s not for me. My mother followed suit a few years later.

So I guess in going to mass on Good Friday I was not what you’d call a neutral observer. Continue reading