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Yet the professionals clearly say that there is no bigger
problem in the RCC than any other part of society -
doctors, nurses, prot pastors, police, relatives, Jews, etc.
Bullshit they do. The royal commission in fact proved the exact opposite.
Well maybe the ausies have a fag magnet in their priesthood then.
The Jay report and others showed that the RCC in the USA has a higher
rate of homosexuals
Many Catholic priests and religious have abused children in their
care. But is the church's record worse than the world's?
Thu 11 Mar 2010 05.30 ESTFirst published on Thu 11 Mar 2010 05.30 EST
There seems to be no end to the scandals buffeting the Roman Catholic
church about the abuse of children; most recently in Germany, where
the headmaster a school associated with a choir once run by the pope's
elder brother Georg Ratzinger has been exposed as an abuser. And there
is no doubt that a lot of children were damaged for life by priests,
and that this was mostly covered up by the hierarchy until recently.
But was the Catholic church unfairly singled out? Aren't all children
vulnerable to exploitation, especially when they are poor and
These questions lead into a thicket of horror. The most detailed
statistics on child abuse for the Catholic clergy that I can find come
from the John Jay Institute's report drawn up for the American
Catholic bishops' conference. From this it emerges that the frequency
of child abuse among Catholic priests is not remarkable but its
PRIESTS COMMIT NO MORE ABUSE THAN OTHER MALES
The Catholic sex-abuse stories emerging every day suggest that
Catholics have a much bigger problem with child molestation than other
denominations and the general population. Many point to peculiarities
of the Catholic Church (its celibacy rules for priests, its insular
hierarchy, its exclusion of women) to infer that there's something
particularly pernicious about Catholic clerics that predisposes them
to these horrific acts.
Yet experts say there's simply no data to support the claim at all. No
formal comparative study has ever broken down child sexual abuse by
denomination, and only the Catholic Church has released detailed data
about its own. But based on the surveys and studies conducted by
different denominations over the past 30 years, experts who study
child abuse say they see little reason to conclude that sexual abuse
is mostly a Catholic issue. "We don't see the Catholic Church as a
hotbed of this or a place that has a bigger problem than anyone else,"
said Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children. "I can tell you without hesitation that we have
seen cases in many religious settings, from traveling evangelists to
mainstream ministers to rabbis and others."
John Jay Report
The study of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests and deacons r
esulting in this report was authorized and paid for by the United
States Confer ence of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) pursuant to the
Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (Charter)
unanimously adopted by the USCCB at its June 2002 meeting.
The majority of priests with allegations of abuse wer e ordained
between 1950 and 1979 (68%). Priests ordained prior to 1950 accounted
for 21.3% of the allegations, and priests or dained after 1979
accounted for 10.7% of allegations.
The majority of priests (56%) were alleged to have abused one victim,
nearly 27% wer e alleged to have abused two or three victims, and
3.4% were alleged to have abused more than ten victims.
The largest group of alleged victims (50.9%) was between the ages of
11 and 14, 27.3% wer e 15-17
Pope apologizes for clerical sex abuse, promises tough sanctions
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Apr-11-2014
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "I feel called to take responsibility for all
the evil some priests -- large in number, but not in proportion to the
total -- have committed and to ask forgiveness for the damage they've
done with the sexual abuse of children," Pope Francis said.
"The church is aware of this damage" and is committed to strengthening
child protection programs and punishing offenders, he told members of
the International Catholic Child Bureau during a meeting April 11 at
The remarks appeared to be the pope's first apology for the sex abuse
scandal, following earlier statements affirming the Vatican's work
investigating and punishing perpetrators, and encouraging bishops to
support abuse victims. The pope also has said the church deserves to
be forced to make monetary settlements to victims.
In December, Pope Francis established a Vatican commission to promote
improved child protections policies throughout the church.
Meeting with leaders of the International Catholic Child Bureau, an
organization based in France and dedicated to defending children's
rights, Pope Francis said it was hard to believe "men of the church"
would commit such horrors.
"We don't want to take a step backward in dealing with this problem
and with the sanctions that must be imposed," the pope said. "On the
contrary, I believe we must be very strong. You don't play with
Pope Francis also spoke about the importance of defending children's
right "to grow in a family with a mother and father able to create a
healthy environment for their growth and affective maturity," which
includes "maturing in relationship to the masculinity and femininity
of a father and a mother."
Parents have a right to determine the appropriate "moral and religious
education" of their children, he said, and should not be subject to
school curriculums that are thinly veiled courses of indoctrination
into whatever ideology is strongest at the moment.
The pope said he wonders sometimes whether parents are "sending a
child to school or to a re-education camp" like those run by
Obviously, he said, children need help in responding to the problems
and challenges contemporary culture and the media raise. Young people
can't be kept in "glass jars," but must be given the values that will
help them evaluate what cultural trends respect their dignity and
freedom and the dignity and freedom of others.