It seems when organizations operate in the name of Jesus Christ, normal rules of marketing and P.R.—written and unwritten—still need be applied.
Back in 2002, Cardinal Bernard Law was forced to resign as archbishop of Boston by Pope John Paul II. His crime: the cover-up of widespread abuse of children by pedophile priests under his aegis.
Cardinal Law fled the country and fetched up in a cushy job at the Vatican, safe from U.S. prosecution.
VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Bernard Law celebrated Mass in mourning for Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Basilica on Monday, ignoring protests from victims that his handling of the sex abuse scandal in the U.S. Catholic Church should disqualify him from the honor. —Associated Press, April 11, 2005
Quite simply this action was a hard kick in the groins of Boston Catholics whose faith and families were ripped apart. It was also a bust in the chops to all U.S. Catholics and indeed to all Americans by a vindictive, sneering Vatican hierarchy.
These are not nice folks.
The Shame of Christian Mingle
A year or so ago my computer was besieged with spam from Christian Mingle urging me to "Find God's Match."
After going back-and-forth to get these people out of my life, I resorted to vicious obscenities. They worked. I did not hear from these creeps for maybe six months.
On Dec. 31, I received the following message from Christian Mingle:
❤ GOD created a match for YOU - see WHO now! ❤
Nowhere on the Christian Mingle email could I find an opportunity to opt out.
I replied with an email requesting no more communication, which was then returned as undeliverable.
I prowled the Christian Mingle website and found a listing for "contact." I sent my request to be taken off the list. The Christian Mingle response: