Perhaps, then, the only thing that can truly change the church is the revulsion and outcry of its millions of followers, demanding change, revolution, upheaval. And millions of Catholics worldwide appear to be demanding just that; the Vatican is under unprecedented pressure to make amends, modify its repellant ways, maybe usher in a true reformist pope in the wake of one of the ugliest "holy" leaders in recent history.
The word I put in boldface is why the Catholic church will eventually be able to shrug this off as if nothing happened. Even if 11 million Catholics angrily demand reform, that will mean 99% of them are happy to keep on paying tithes to child rapists and their protectors.
Even if we are wildly optimistic and hope that this scandal will bring about the effective death of Catholicism in the United States and Europe, this hateful villainous institution will certainly retain its grip on Central and South America, where they may actually have some success convincing people that the problem is homosexuality rather than child rape. And while currently only about 1/8th of the total number of Catholics in the world hail from Africa, this monstrosity is making rapid inroads there by infiltrating their self-destructive dogma on the backs of supposed humanitarian programs.
No, Catholicism is not in danger. As Morford observes, millions of Catholics are voicing their outrage... but who fucking cares? It will only be when hundreds of millions of Catholics are sick of being told right and wrong by self-serving sadists that there will be any chance of meaningful reform.
The best we can realistically hope for is to reduce the influence of the Vatican over Western politics. That's it, really. This beast cannot be killed, but at least maybe we can protect our own children from it's claws, even as we watch helplessly as this abomination claims countless new victims in the developing world.