Many of you have heard about the latest hub-ub of the sexual abuse revelations coming out of Germany. If you’re not quite up to speed, you can do a Google search and get all of the dirt.
Now the media, of course, never a fan of Catholic teaching, is not really interested in bringing down individuals. Don’t get me wrong, if they can bring down a priest or bishop or even a Cardinal, they’re happy to do it. But ultimately, their game is to go after what the Church teaches. In this case, they want to push the idea that the sexual abuse crisis of young boys is a “celibacy” problem. You know the score, I’m sure, it’s because of all of the suppressed sexual urges priests have that made them do it. Of course, the media doesn’t dwell too much on the details of the sexual urges – that the pervert priests in question are not interested in girls at all. They’re interested in young fresh pre-teen and teenage boys. From this, they extrapolate that heterosexual celibacy is the problem. If you’re trying to follow the twisted logic, don’t bother. You’d be more successful in getting the MSM to admit the problem is all about homosexuality…which is obviously not going to happen.
The media has also been licking their chops over the last couple of weeks, trying to nail the Pope and implicate the Holy Father while he was an Archbishop there.
So let us dispose of both of these questions.
In regards to the claims that the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is an exclusive “Catholic Scandal” or a “Celibacy issue”, the facts – in case anyone really cares – suggest something quite, quite different:
Now, on the heels of the Catholic abuse scandal comes another of historic proportions one that has the potential to be much greater and far-reaching. According to a draft report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education, in compliance with the 2002 “No Child Left Behind” act signed into law by President Bush, between 6 percent and 10 percent of public school children across the country have been sexually abused or harassed by school employees and teachers.Charol Shakeshaft, the Hofstra University scholar who prepared the report, said the number of abuse cases which range from unwanted sexual comments to rape could be much higher. Among the incidents cited in the Newsmax article, the following two items rose well above the level of anecdotal evidence. “Also in Washington, state officials say 159 coaches of girls sports have been fired or reprimanded over the last decade for sexual misconduct.”
“An investigation found more than 60 instances in the last four years of Texas high school and middle school coaches losing jobs as a result of allegations of sexual misconduct.” Other experts using different methods came up with lower figures. Education Week relied six years earlier on news reports. Nan Stein of Wellesley College said that she believed that several hundred cases occurred annually. It is generally agreed that the numbers are not statistically insignificant. (Source)
Despite headlines focusing on the priest pedophile problem in the Roman Catholic Church, most American churches being hit with child sexual-abuse allegations are Protestant, and most of the alleged abusers are not clergy or staff, but church volunteers.These are findings from national surveys by Christian Ministry Resources (CMR), a tax and legal-advice publisher serving more than 75,000 congregations and 1,000 denominational agencies nationwide. CMR’s annual surveys of about 1,000 churches nationwide have asked about sexual abuse since 1993. They’re a remarkable window on a problem that lurked largely in the shadows of public awareness until the Catholic scandals arose. The surveys suggest that over the past decade, the pace of child-abuse allegations against American churches has averaged 70 a week. The surveys registered a slight downward trend in reported abuse starting in 1997, possibly a result of the introduction of preventive measures by churches…James Cobble, executive director of CMR, who oversees the survey, says the data show that child sex-abuse happens broadly across all denominations– and that clergy aren’t the major offenders. “The Catholics have gotten all the attention from the media, but this problem is even greater with the Protestant churches simply because of their far larger numbers,” he says…Volunteers are more likely than clergy or paid staff to be abusers. Perhaps more startling, children at churches are accused of sexual abuse as often as are clergy and staff. In 1999, for example, 42 percent of alleged child abusers were volunteers – about 25 percent were paid staff members (including clergy) and 25 percent were other children…. (Source)
In regards to the Pope’s involvement? Nice try. But no cigar.
You can be most certain that the anti-Catholic bigots will not let the facts get in the way of their slanders. But it is still important to correct their efforts, just the same.
A robust discussion on celibacy here. Yours truly posts with the handle “Paycheck”.