Child abuse scandal cost US Catholic church $3 billion

Here is an interesting article from the APF, by Mira Oberman.

I do not think that Ms. Oberman will ever read this article I am writing but I will explain this one more time...

...In most sex abuse cases the predator priest is called a pedophile. This is not true, as in the case linked above the perpitrator is a ephebophile or a pederast, in other words a homosexual man who is attracted to post-pubescient male. These are homosexuals. It is the homosexual culture that promotes the word pedophile so as to disassociate it with the word homosexual, as if there was a difference... See pederast.

Of course linking a homosexual to a paedophile is not a welcome comparison, as we are being led to believe that homosexuals are not deviant, in fact they are more normal than non-homosexuals. Anyone who makes the connexion is likely to be called a homophobe. A little research could have prevented this error, unless, the author intended to convey that the priests are not homosexual, yet it was not priests but homosexuals who founded NAMBLA ***(Do not go to this site unless you have a strong stomach.)***

Then to the modernist forces of the NCR a very liberal Catholic newspaper, ammunition is being provided. I should think that they understand the meaning of the "Seal of the Confessional, yet they, (those Catholics intent or destroying the Church)are calling for the Pope to open >"...up all the records about sex crimes that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is holding and he would turn it over to police." Now that is not going to happen and they know it. Every Catholic is concerned by these abusers, but only those intent on bringing the church down are so adamant for revenge in their reaction to it.

In their plan, after the Catholics the same people who attack the church now will be going after the Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Lutherans, and Baptist communities.

How have I come to his conclusion? Of the 88 or so inmates on my case load, about half are sex offenders.

by Mira Oberman, Mon Apr 5, 8:31 am ET

CHICAGO (AFP) – The pedophile priest crisis has cost the Roman Catholic church nearly $3 billion in the United States, but only a fraction of the perpetrators have been jailed and little been done to punish those who covered up the crimes.

After years of painful revelations, massive payouts, soul searching and reforms, the child sex abuse scandal has spread across the globe and in recent weeks has struck the Church at its very core.

Pope Benedict XVI, long celebrated for speaking out against abuse, is facing allegations that he helped protect predator priests when he was archbishop of Munich and later as the Vatican's chief morals enforcer.

"We now face the largest institutional crisis in centuries, possibly in church history," the US-based National Catholic Reporter wrote in an editorial demanding "direct answers" from the Holy Father.

The independent newspaper decried the "mismanagement" of the crisis and insisted that "the strategies employed so far -- taking the legal path, obscuring the truth, and doing everything possible to protect perpetrators as well as the church's reputation and treasury -- have failed miserably."

A CBS News poll released on Friday showed more than two thirds of Americans think the pope has done a bad job in handling the crisis. His favorability rating among US Catholics has fallen to 27 percent from 40 percent in 2006.

The allegations currently sweeping across Europe bear a stark similarity to those that first surfaced in the United States in the mid 1980s.

Victims were intimidated into silence. Abusive priests were left unpunished, or shuffled to unsuspecting parishes where they found new prey. Related article: Victim's long-running crusade to expose abuse

The solutions sought by US bishops are a good model for how the church at large should handle the crisis, said Nicholas Cafardi, a respected canonical law professor and author of "Before Dallas," a history of the clergy child sex abuse crisis.

"We're still in a trust rebuilding process," Cafardi told AFP. "But the only thing that turned that around was the very drastic action the bishops took in 2002."

After years of inaction, the United States Conference of Bishops developed a charter governing how the church would protect children that included a zero tolerance policy, background checks and prevention training.

It also established a National Review Board led by lay people to monitor progress and granted access to church files for researchers from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

They found that more than 4,392 Catholic priests and deacons sexually abused at least 10,677 American children between 1950 and 2002.

Just 615 of those incidents had been reported to law enforcement and only 384 clergy members were criminally charged, resulting in 252 convictions.

More than 700 priests and deacons were removed from or voluntarily left ministry between January 2002 and December 2003 due to allegations of sexual abuse.

A further 3,091 abusive clergy and 4,568 victims were identified from 2004 through 2009, according to a report published last month.

In a sign of progress, just 30 of the 398 allegations reported last year were perpetrated since 1990.

Six dioceses declared bankruptcy in the wake of massive court settlements and more could follow as more cases work their way through the courts, said John Allen, senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter.

"There is considerable debate about whether the church has overcome it or not," Allen said.

"Predictions of a massive implosion (of attendance and donations to) the church didn't come true, so in that sense the church seems to have weathered the storm, but there is significant debate as to how adequate the church's response has been."

While predatory priests have been held accountable, only one American bishop, Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston, lost his job despite evidence of widespread, institutionalized cover-ups, Allen noted.

Church officials also continue to fight attempts to waive the statute of limitation on abuse claims and some bishops refuse to release key church documents or identify the priests who have been defrocked for sexual abuse.

"You still have predators in ministry and they're only being removed from ministry when there is external pressure to get them removed," insists Barbara Blaine, president of the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

"If the pope were sincere, he would be opening up all the records about sex crimes that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is holding and he would turn it over to police."

God save the Pope...

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