Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Setting the Record Straight on Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

Although Protestants frequently cite the sex abuse scandal as evidence against the holiness of the Catholic Church based on what the secular media has told them, the factual information would actually have the Protestant communities looking a lot worse if the world hated them with the fervor that it hates the Catholic Church:
The Christian Science Monitor reported on the results of a national survey by Christian Ministry Resources in 2002 and concluded: "Despite headlines focusing on the priest pedophile problem in the Roman Catholic Church, most American churches being hit with child sexual-abuse allegations are Protestant".1 Sexual abuses within the Jewish communities approximate that found among the Protestant clergy.2
And as for the lame accusation that priestly celibacy is to blame for the abuse: That is, if the Catholic Church allowed married clergy, the problem would go away or diminish, it can be easily refuted by pointing to the fact that teachers, who are allowed to, and often are, married, are guilty at much higher rates:
The author of the study concluded that the scope of the school-sex problem appears to far exceed the clergy abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church and concluded in an interview with Education Week "the physical abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests".4
Read the whole article on the Sex Abuse Scandal with sources.


Tertium Quid said...

Thanks. Not that it really helps to mention that other clergy in the Judeo-Christian tradition commit grave sins. Nonetheless, the news is about Catholic clergy for two reasons:
1. Dislike of the Catholic Church;
2. Misunderstanding of the degree of hierarchy, including an assumption that the Pope in Rome can stamp his foot and discipline a wayward priest in Dublin or Milwaukee.

Thanks for posting.

Tim A. Troutman said...

Tertium, #2 is especially important. Many Catholics don't even understand that. Thanks for pointing it out.

PersonalFailure said...

So, Protestants do it, too, therefore sexually abusing children and damaging them for life isn't that bad?


I grew up Catholic, I know the Pope can't wave a wand and every priest in the world changes, but the hierarchy of the Church knew what was happening, and not only did nothing to stop it, but abetted the child molesters by moving them around so they wouldn't get caught.

Church hierarchy made a conscious choice to put the needs of childer molestor priests ahead of innocent children.

That's disgusting, no matter who is doing it.

Tim A. Troutman said...

PersonalFailure - you're right, nothing can make it acceptable.