http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5958 ... -countries
Prof. Wagstaff wrote:The problem is that nobody in a position to actually affect change seems to be doing anything about it.
When is the last time you read of a Catholic priest committing a sex crime?
I know, I know, it ain't kids, so it doesn't count, right?
Here's the thing: Reports are still coming in of newly-brought-to-light molestation cases from decades ago. I'm sure you're aware that most victims of childhood molestation don't come forward until they're adults. Unless I see a significant decrease in such reports, I see no reason to assume abuse has stopped, although I certainly can't rule it out. But it's irrelevant anyway, as the conspiracy to protect child molesters
is obviously still operating, otherwise The Church would have come forward of their own volition in every single one of these cases. Instead, they choose to remain silent when they can, often only revealing the names of abusers who have already died. Here's a particularly revealing interview with one Cardinal Egan, a decade after "dealing" with some abuse cases (which, he assures us, weren't his cases at all, but rather his predecessor's):
Cardinal Egan wrote:I did exactly what we were told to do. And as a result, not one of them (the accused priests) did a thing out of line. Those whom I could prove, I got rid of; those whom I couldn’t prove, I didn’t. But I had them under control.
Cardinal Egan wrote:There really wasn’t much in the way of hidden. I don’t think even now you’re obligated to report them [the abuse cases] in CT.
CT Magazine: In 2002, you wrote a letter to parishioners in which you said, “If in hindsight we discover that mistakes may have been made as regards prompt removal of priests and assistance to victims, I am deeply sorry.”
EGAN: First of all, I should never have said that. I did say if we did anything wrong, I’m sorry, but I don’t think we did anything wrong.
I guess you're right. It does
sound like some of the higher-ups are changing. This guy's now less
apologetic and more
in denial than he was a decade ago. It's change, alright, but I wouldn't exactly call it progress.
According to other recent studies, 2 percent of sex abuse offenders were Catholic priests—a phenomenon that spiked between the mid-1960s and the mid-1980s but seems to have virtually disappeared... [Yet] the sexual abuse story in the global media is almost entirely a Catholic story, in which the Catholic Church is portrayed as the epicenter of the sexual abuse of the young."
In the first place, if you limit the abuse at the hands of Church officials to only priests, you're missing a lot of cases. But that's neither here nor there as I've certainly never suggested the Church is the only, or even most likely place for kids to get raped. It's just the only organization I know of which conspired to coverup and protect molesters since WWII. Can you think of any others? And considering how much influence The Church has, I find that extremely unsettling. Why don't you again, exactly?