Is it okay for me to post this here? I recieved this article by email.
[LEFT][size=5][FONT=Palatino-Bold]The Abuse of Children in the Catholic Church[/size]
[/FONT][FONT=Palatino-Bold][size=4]Is it a problem? Yes.[/size][/FONT]
[size=4][FONT=Palatino-Bold]Is it being dealt with? Yes.[/size]
Is it endemic? No.
[/FONT]‘While no one denies the wrongdoing and the harm caused by a small
minority of priests, their misconduct has been used to undermine the
reputations of the over-whelming majority of clergy who live holy quiet
lives in their parishes, tending to their flocks. These good men have
been smeared with the same poisonous ink’. Elizabeth Lev In Defense of
the Catholic Clergy www.politicsdaily.com 21st March 2010.
[FONT=Palatino-Bold][size=5]Setting the record straight[/size][/FONT]
I would prefer not to be writing on this subject, I find it distasteful. But I do so to correct the erroneous impression given in the media worldwide in recent weeks, that the crime of the sexual abuse of children is exclusive to the Catholic Church and endemic among its clergy and religious.
Both are untrue. So far to my knowledge no voice in the Church in Australia has been raised to challenge this deliberate media bias.[/LEFT]
We have all been shamed and demoralized by the recent sensationalized coverage of serious but very old cases of abuse, including two remotely involving the Pope - one while he was an Archbishop in Germany 33 years ago, and the other as a Cardinal in Rome 9 years ago concerning a case in the U.S. 36 years ago.
[LEFT]*The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, *and surprising to me, *The Australian *printed without question material from the *New York Times *with unsubstantiated claims and innuendoes.
Gutter journalism indeed.
[LEFT]It goes without saying that the sexual abuse of minors is a horrible crime. Sadly, it is common.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York City noted on his website last week: ‘The sexual abuse of our young people is an international, cultural, societal horror. It affects every religion, country, family, job, profession, vocation, and ethnic group’.
Elizabeth Lev in the online article quoted above wrote: ‘The brutal reality is that there are an estimated 39 million victims of childhood sexual abuse in the United States today. Of these, between 40 and 60 percent were abused by a family member (for the most part uncles, cousins, stepfathers and live-in boyfriends). Carol Shakeshaft and Audrey Cohan have produced a study showing that 5 percent were molested by school teachers, while the New York Times published a survey showing that *fewer than 2% of the offenders were Catholic priests. But to read the papers, it would seem that Catholic clergy hold a monopoly in child molestation’ *(Emphasis mine).[/LEFT]
Massimo Introvigne, Italian Sociologist of Religion, wrote in an online article *‘Moral Panic flares again’ *on *MercatorNet *on 3rd April 2010: ‘According to studies by Philip Jenkins, if one compares the Catholic Church in the United States to the major Protestant denominations, one discovers that the presence of paedophiles – depending on the denominations – is from two to ten times higher for the major Protestant denominations compared to Catholic priests. The question is important because it demonstrates that the problem is not celibacy. Most of the Protestant pastors are married’. Yet this is rarely if ever reported.[/LEFT]
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