20% of Catholic Priest sexually abuse children, should we make Catholic churches 18+ venues?
A recent research in Australia show 20% of Catholic Priest at some stage sexually abused children, This is an alarming figure that show, there is a need for government intervention, to help deal with the problem, in my opinion, this are two things we could do 1. only adults over the age of 18 can enter the Catholic church (So no more Catholic Church Sunday School) 2, by law, Catholic school must be limited to High school only, there can be no Catholic School, primary school or middle school.
First, your stats are wrong. From 1950 to 2002, 4% of priests worldwide were involved in abuse. In Australia, it's 7%.
Second, I don't know what the laws are like in Australia, but here in the US, the government can't make the kind of laws you describe. The Constitution protects freedom of religion, and says that no law can be made "respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof".
Simply put, the government cannot decree that only adults can enter a Catholic church, nor can they prevent the establishment of a private, parochial school at any level.
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