Does anyone have statistics or argumentation that would defend the Church or at least explain this scandal in light of everything?
I do not have statistics but I do work for the Criminal Justice System so am arguably qualified to pass on what I know:
** FACT** Name any occupation of your choice. There within it are far greater instances of child sex abuse than takes place among Catholic Priests.
** FACT** The instances of child abuse by Catholic Priests is so small relative to the rest of society that it is almost insignificant.
** FACT** Instances of abuse among professionals, Priests are consistently among the most trustworthy and reliable in the care of children and vulnerable adults.
** FACT** Dysfunctional individuals often make spurious allegations as attention seeking behaviour. What ever is in the media is adopted for the attention seeking.
** FACT** Not every claim that reaches the media is correct. A lot of people have tried to jump on the bandwagon of suing in the hopes they will not get caught out.
take for example a group who alleged they’d been abused
at a former Catholic School which was demolished years ago.
The CC stupidly agreed to pay damages after the case was
in the UK national press.
When the government education dept [nothing to do with the CC] inspected the old school records held in the archives, not one of the names appeared on any of the former school register! This was challenged and they all withdrew their claims!
Too late, the National Daily Press, [which was at the time one of the largest selling newsheets in UK at the time] had ran a front page article on it for several weeks. It had done untold damage to both reputation of Priests and the CC.
Hope that helps!