Today's post serves as an update to last week's post about a priest from Rhode Island who banned lawmakers from receiving Communion or witnessing marriages because they voted to protect abortion rights in the state.
Father Bucci, who serves at Sacred Heart Church in West Warwick, RI, made national headlines. Now Bucci is doubling down on his decision in the face of harsh criticism. In particular, people have pointed out the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal, something I have written a lot about.
"We're not talking about any other moral issue where somebody's making a comparison between pedophilia and abortion," Bucci said to local news reporters. "Well, pedophilia doesn't kill anyone, and this does."
In addition to being horrifyingly cruel, he is wrong! When I wrote about sexual abuse in the Mormon Church, one of the things I documented was all the suicides and attempted suicides that victims committed after being abused. When I wrote about the Catholic Church in Germany, and a report documenting 3,700 victims of abuse, many victims had committed suicide or become addicted to drugs and alcohol.
But according to Bucci, priests sexually abusing children by the thousands is no big deal because abortion is against church doctrine. He is so pro-life he is more concerned about abortion than protecting children from sexual predators.
Remember, one of the lawmakers he barred from services has a sister who was sexually abused for years at the church where Bucci currently preaches today!
My only hope is that with more and more church leaders like Bucci proving what unbelievable assholes they are, people will continue leaving the church in droves.