We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If clergymembers, Catholic or otherwise, are engaged in sexual misconduct at the same rate as other people, then something is amiss in the clergy. Clergy will sin, as do we all, but clergy are supposed to resist more than the laity, and to resist reprehensible acts like mistreating children in particular.
Touching on the antiseptic of sunshine and coverups: clergy are an in-group, a band of brethren. It is not desirable but it is understandable that they are slow to air their problems in public. Many clergy may have acknowledged their sins under priest-penitent situations, in which the priest or minister is bound to act as if he/she does not know who has confessed and cannot reveal what was said.
Pedophiles will seek their prey everywhere. Religious orders, sports associations, boy scouts, girl guides, you name it. The reason there seems to be more of them in the Catholic Church in my opinion is twofold.
1 - The Catholic Church is by far the largest of all the organizations they use for their loathsome task thus there is naturally more of them just because of the sheer size of it.
2 - The MSM seems to have a vendetta against Christian and especially Catholic religions. They never miss a chance to grossly over publicize anything derogatory about them especially the pedophilia problem.
The only place I can come up with that has no problem with pedophilia is amongst the Islamic peoples. Its seems it is the accepted norm in their society for men to acquire children for brides and use young boys for sex because in most cases the females both adult and children are not allowed out of the house without the threat of heavy beatings or sometimes death. Unfortunately the MSM seldom has any kind of comment on this phenomenon.
If you can see another facet of the full assault on Christianity that has been going on for the past three decades; check out the record of the AAUP (American Assoc. University Professors). You will find that almost all of the schools that have been investigative and put "on notice", or rebuked in some way are small private colleges. The AAUP seldom pursues individuals in large, liberal public universities. Many of the schools they attack are either in conservative communities, or Christian based, be they Catholic, or Baptist. Of course, they have not attacked an Episcopal School. The point I would like to make here is this: Catholic priests are an easy target. I know of many cases in which young students are encouraged to "harass" straight, white, conservative professors. I am suspicious that it happens on occasion that students are "rewarded" for not speaking truthfully--allegations. Allegations of wrong doing are deadly in an already suspicious environment. My thought that is that just as the Episcopal Church has been destroyed in one way--accusing innocent priests (not all accused are innocent, but some are)in order to rev up the animosity toward the largest organizer of the masses appears to me to be one more attack--same purpose, different strategy. I am curious as to why there are no Episcopal priests, or Rabbis who are charged with this offense. Only Catholics and fundamentalist priests/pastors. Why is this? Could it be that my cynicism sees something different?
I know how easy it is to rev up people who believe they have been victimized, who believe they have a chance at a profit through court awards. I am sorry--too many, too many.
Need to make corrections (it has been a long day).
1. "If you CARE to see"
2. "schools have been INVESTIGATED"
3. The Episcopal church has been destroyed by the liberal take over, I am assuming most MF readers are aware of that situation, and move on to speak about tearing down the influence and weakening the foundation of the Catholic church.
If I write this bad without a martini--might as well go get one!
As a Catholic, I am furious not only that the abuse occurred but that it was covered up by the bishops. The last people they should have been protecting were these priests, no matter how few they were. Every bishop who failed to act when presented with evidence of abuse and who, even worse, moved the offending priest to another parish so he could have new victims, should be in prison along with the priests and should be laicized.