You can tell that Catholic priests aren't parents. Their only form of expressing disapproval seems to be severe punishment. You can't beat or shame children into good behavior and it doesn't work with adults either. Not only are the beliefs of Catholic leaders still stuck in the Middle Ages, but their leadership style seems to still be glued there too.
Every time the Catholic church doesn't get their way, they automatically resort to the "We will punish you" line of thinking. Say the Earth is round? Excommunicated. Pass a non-discimination law? Catholic charities will kill their adoption programs and force hundreds of children to suffer because of politicians working for a more fair society because they'd have to work with gay couples. Pass a marriage equality bill? Catholic leaders will ban you from their church and school events.
Religious leaders slammed the state's new gay marriage law on Saturday, vowing to ban politicians who supported the measure from any Catholic church and parochial school events.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, of the diocese of Brooklyn, called on all Catholic schools to reject any honor bestowed upon them by Gov. Cuomo, who played a pivotal role in getting the bill passed.
He further asked all pastors and principals to "not invite any state legislator to speak or be present at any parish or school celebration."
But fuck a bunch of kids entrusted to your care? That gets you a promotion. Cover up for the child molesters? You're going all the way to Pope, baby.