This question has been seriously bothering me lately. I think part of it is the unity of the Church in that, when one falls all fall(hopefully), while at protestant or less unified denominations it’s far easier to segregate the cases since they truly aren’t connected to each other. Although this has a flipside, a very evil one, in that because the Catholic Church is so, well, powerful…they have the abilities to move priests around and settle disputes in shady ways that other churches simply don’t have the resources to do.
I know this is an awkward first post(though I did have an account here under “blankface” a while back) but the reason I ask is because I just recently discovered that NUNS from the order of the Sisters of Nazareth have been implicated in HUNDREDS of cases between nuns and far underage girls. This is important to me because my Great Aunt was a Mother Superior of a convent here in America. I always thought the sisters of the Catholic Church maintained a truer sense of devotion that was lost on many priest, probably becuase many the nuns I’ve met have just been some the most inspiring women a person can meet.I’ve always thought the heart of the church lied in the women, but that’s another thread.
But then I googled “Sex abuse cases nuns” out of curiosity. Then all of a sudden I see these cases popping up, and shockingly they are within the order (the one’s i’ve seen so far in australia, not here, Thank the LORD) of sisters of Nazareth (my aunt’s), although there are many cases of nun abuse in America as well.
I used to be of the mindset that the bishops let a few perverts slip through in ordination. But it’s not a few, it’s not hundreds, it’s THOUSANDS. I honestly can’t read through some of the testimonies/ depositions of the victims. It’s not just fondling and groping, but some seriously heinous acts that I can’t even infer on a forum like this.
I’m sorry to make my fellow Catholics uncomfortable, but how do you deal with this?