How is the profound damage done to those youngsters mitigated -
in any way - by directing attention to similar behavior
by clergy in other Christian churches?
There is a term employed, in the treatment of those enduring
post-traumatic stress disorder ----> ‘triggers.’
The term ‘trigger’ is also employed - in addressing the psychological damage done
to youngsters who have been abused.
Triggers may instantly create a ‘flashback’ to what was experienced, at the time of the abuse -
flashbacks triggered by outside stimului [sound, color, location, scents -
the list of triggers may be quite extensive.]
A Roman collar, the uniform black suit, and [God help us] the title "Father,"
may ever constitute triggers, for some of these wounded youngsters.
At least many ministers are not garbed in black suits and Roman collars,
which garb and collar may well create distinct and shocking triggers, for the surviors of
the abusive behavior of a handful of RC clerics.
I hardly think that the term ‘pastor’ or ‘minister’ equates with “Father” -
when considering possible damage done - in terms of the myriad triggers created.
Possibly only those who experience triggers and flashbacks can
adequately describe the overwhelming pain endured, when these occur.
The ‘he did it, too’ approach I find considerably wanting.
The focus, in this matter, is best kept on relieving the suffering that
may well be lifelong, for some of these lambs who encountered wolves.