[quote="Tantum_ergo, post:14, topic:304912"]
It's funny, but no one holds 'fathers' responsible as a class for those fathers who abuse children .
Nobody holds 'teachers' responsible as a class for those teachers who abuse children.
Nobody holds protestant pastors or Jewish rabbis or Buddhist monks or Wicca warlocks or . . .well, you get the point.
I think one 'reason' (put in quotes because it is based on an error in understanding) that people blame 'Catholic priests' and 'The Church'** as a whole for sexual abuse (unlike any other individual or group) is that someone people have misunderstood that the teaching that the Catholic Church is the One True Church, and that its **teachings on faith and morals are infallibly true, somehow means that "*The Church is claiming to be perfect, therefore it must have perfect people, and since an individual/individuals in the Church sin, therefore, the Church is wrong in its teaching of being 'perfect'. *
That in itself is bad enough, but it gets worse.
Because in addition to misunderstanding the Church and thinking it claims to have perfect people (which it never did). . .
Then there is a huge leap in ILLOGIC TO: "Since the Church claims to be perfect and it has sinful priests, THEREFORE the reason for the sin is related to those people BEING priests. Therefore, it isn't just an individual in a 'normal', i.e. 'not claiming to be perfect' Church making a personal sin --it is a monster, a member of a Church which is not just wrong but deliberately, satanically wrong--showing just how AWFUL the Church is by proving that its priests are the lowest of the low, scummiest of the scum, abusers by virtue of their CLASS. . .and of course, since the ONLY VISIBLE difference between a Catholic priest and a 'normal' man is that a priest is celibate and the 'normal' man has an option to marry, then the whole REASON for the abuse must be the unnatural, evil Church's DEMAND that the priest be celibate.'
It is so incredibly illogical that most people don't even TRY to explore the rationale behind their beliefs.
They don't even TRY to take out the erroneous assumption that 'celibacy means people will abuse children', by examining the fact that everywhere ELSE, celibacy has nothing whatsoever to do with child abuse. . .because if they did, they would lose a big 'plank' in their reason to 'blame the Church' and 'call the Church wrong.'
As it is, the biggest gift to antiCatholics is the unquestioned media assumption that "celibacy equals child abuse' that it takes as a given and disseminates on and on and on, no matter how often that 'assumption' is proven to be wrong.
There is really no reason to yell. If you can get into your thinking that the Church is a hospital for sinners and not a country club for saints you may have a better understanding that, yes indeed we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God.