It would seem that the catholic church is about to go into damage protection mode over years of child sexual abuse and cover up. It could go all the way to the Pope himself. Evidence that everything hidden will always come out in the light.
Does it seem that catholic priests are more susceptible to child molestation than everyone else?
Is it just harder for them when they get caught because they are supposed to be immune to such grotesque behavior?
Should the Pope order a purging of the priesthood or continue with further cover ups?
The Pope should help the child molesters out, out of the priesthood and straight to jail. Priests should be living in Glass Houses. Houses where they cannot have nor keep secrets like child molesting.
Even the confessionals should be made so that instead of hiding the priest inside anyone and everyone should be able to see, not hear but see, the priest sitting in the glass center part of the confessional. With the privacy of the people still protected in the other sections.
Priests should not have secrets that need to be protected, and neither should the Pope or the church. They are not spies afterall, they don't carry out espionage covert ops. What could they possibly have to hide? Everything they know they want the people to know...right?
Isn't that what 'Church' is suppose to be about, openess and honesty...Integrity...Truth...
Church secrets should be an Oxymoron.
I don't know if priests are more prone to pedophilia than any other profession, but I do believe pedolphiles have been attracted to the profession simply for the fact that it puts them in a position to access children and to be in power over them.
What sickens me the most is the church's secrecy and deft ability to cover up for these heinous crimes for centuries. THAT is the biggest crime of all.
What baffles me is Catholic parishioners who continue to support their church financially and spiritually when it is so corrupt. I wouldn't give a dime to the system because they have promoted and protected the priests who have molested the innocent children in their midst.
The fact that it now includes a school for deaf children who already had to deal with a handicap and whose parents thought they were getting help and care is the most twisted perversion yet.
Stop supporting a church that CLEARLY is and has been more concerned with its own image and ability to collect money than it has ever been concerned about children.
And stop being surprised when more stories surface around the world. This was not an American aberration.
It is sad how their has been so much cover ups with abuse and the history is not pretty (sorry those strict Catholics that fail to believe in the inquisition and crusades) I say, down with all the lies and cover ups over the centuries.
This monstrous institution has been the most powerful in the world and the secrets that lie locked up in the Vatican would make us shake with terror.
For over a thousand years, the pope was the most powerful man in Europe. I think people are waking up to realize that these power plays are political and egoistic purpose, and have nothing to do with spiritual growth, but spiritual regression. Sadly, the following is so great (over a billion of Catholics worldwide);, because the truth hasn't been given to the followers and they are going to be pretty pissed to discover they've been bamboozled all this time.
I consider it a cult and highly brainwashed institution that I'm so glad I managed to escape...
It will fall down once people start taking back their power this huge institution will crumble to the ground. I look forward to that day!
I honestly think they just get more attention because more people entrust their children to them and expect better. There is an article about a child molester being caught in our local news almost every second day. None are priests. This is just so commonplace now to have this is the news that only the really surprising ones like a priest molesting a child and a huge coverup following that makes national news.
In the last few weeks I have read several news articles about teachers molesting their students, but we don't ask if the teaching profession causes men to be molesters. Anything that puts one in charge of children, especially in a role of authority attracts the molesters. But they are also found in every other walk of life as well. Impossible to figure out.
I have just decided my young kids don't need to be without me somewhere where another adult has authority over them. Yep, the paranoia has taken over.
I agree child molesters occur in every walk of life. The problem with the priests is that the church protects them and the police are never involved. At least with teachers who get caught there are consequences.
I do agree with your paranoia about leaving children with other adults, but for many of the victims, it wasn't possible for parents to be around them. You can't go to school with your kids.
It is a universal problem that I don't have the answer for, but at least the Catholic Church should have to deal with it openly and honestly. The coverups that have persisted for centuries are unforgivable.
I wonder if they cover up it and let it go on because of blaming Satan rather than blaming the man responsible for the act. If they confess and are considered to have gained absolution from their sin then they might believe it has been taken care of in a supernatural sense rather than a legal sense.
There is a strong belief in many religious people that Satan caused them to do things, that it was simply a loss in a spiritual warfare. I live in a fundamental type town and always hear that the devil was working hard when someone strays from the ideal. If someone cheats on their spouse, the devil is out to ruin their family and pull them away from Christ. Then they are prayed over and the belief is that the prayer will cause them to overcome the devil.
Hope I said enough to give you the gist of what I mean.
by emdi7 years ago
It was with great distress that I read the news about the child abuse scandal in catholic church. What do you think is the root cause of the problem? what change do you suggest to prevent further crimes?
by DennisBarker5 years ago
I havn't found anything in the bible which says yes, so has the catholic church got a well documented history of covering up child abuse?
by sannyasinman2 years ago
Kevin Annett explains what lies behind this discovery . . . . http://itccs.org/
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Do you think that if Catholic Priests where now allowed to have a Relationship with another person, that would stop the pedophilia that is taking place in Catholic churches all over the country?
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