I think it is a well know fact that the secular world has waged a war on Religion, and most clearly the Roman Catholic Church. If you view the sexual exploitation of children on a research level, it clear it is a human problem, and has infected every religion, culture and parts of the world. I think the media tries to blame this sin on celibacy, but if look at the statistics for Southern Baptist or Rabbi’s, that is not a requirement and their numbers are equal or higher to the priests. Incidentally the government schools (public) in the USA have a much greater sexual abuse scandal, that never hits the news as the media is controlled to great extent. Just google NYC public school teachers sexual abuse, you will be surprised to see they are protected by the unions, and if have tenure sit in a room all day playing game, cards collecting their salary. (to the tune of millions)
Having said that, I am a cradle Catholic who attended Catholic School 1-12 grade. My grade school had two predator priests who one has since left and lives with a gay lover and the other is now under police investigation. Looking back to my grade school years I know what boys were abused as this particular priest would come as ask to remove them for assistance with church matters. He was then take them to the rectory and abuse them, many did not tell as he was the popular priest. Several students came out and he admitted it and left his new parish. The second one would take boys away camping and on trips and even asked my Mother if he could take my younger brother, who was in 7th grade at the time, away camping. By the grace of God, my Mom said no to any sleepovers and possibly saved my younger shy brother from this abomination. The priest has denied any wrong doing but dozens of boys (now men) have come forward to file charges. My question is how did the pastor of this parish not see the signs and if he did he should be an accomplice too. I still wonder if he violated my brother???
I have two young school age children and when I look at them sleeping at night the innocence is so beautiful and obvious. For a religious person, or adult to take advantage of a child is almost unforgivable. The stories of these victims are horrific and vile, the perpetrators should be in jail. The victims need to be heard, need to be healed and the RCC needs to have a better internal watchdog to weed out the infection that was allowed to fester and grow. I have such deep sadness for the RCC, which I love and live by, the handling of this cancer is unacceptable, the secrecy must end. We are all accountable to God’s laws, and civil law.
With the recent abuse in Europe, and Ireland in particular, as my grandparents were all from there, I have such sadness for the loss of innocence. It is a difficult Lent for me as I find it hard to go to confession not knowing if the priest perpetrated these crimes as well. I hope to find peace and forgiveness in my heart, and rejoice in the good of this blessed season.