Reaction – “The Brutal Truth About Penn State”

I thought this was an outstanding piece with an incredible edge of truth to it. It laid bare the realities of the situation at Penn State and sought both accountability and retribution on behalf of those that run the university. The author, Charles G. Pierce, makes it quite clear he is upset about both the rapes and how the fallout was handled. He states as much, his stream of self-consciousness precluding the venomous rage aimed directly at Happy Valley.

I found the correlation between Penn State and the Catholic church not wholly original but still refreshing nonetheless. Indeed, there are striking similarities between the cover-up at the Vatican and that at Penn State. But Pierce finds a new angle on the situation. He chides the university for making a public display of their sorrow. Pierce wonders how the responsibility was shared by so many yet brought forth by so few.

Pierce wraps up the opinion piece beautifully with an allegory to the church’s repression in Ireland. By tying in the Church’s shortcomings and the tragedy at Penn State, Pierce bemoans how the cries of the repressed fell on deaf ears.


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