Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Catholic Church on the defensive about abuse

The Catholic Church has come out fighting over the issue of abuse by their Priests and Nuns . I would expect most people would feel a smidgen of guilt, especially Catholics , rather than try to downplay the issue or play the look over there game, but no:

The Vatican has lashed out at criticism over its handling of its paedophilia crisis by saying the Catholic church was "busy cleaning its own house" and that the problems with clerical sex abuse in other churches were as big, if not bigger.

In a defiant and provocative statement, issued following a meeting of the UN human rights council in Geneva, the Holy See said the majority of Catholic clergy who committed such acts were not paedophiles but homosexuals attracted to sex with adolescent males.

The statement, read out by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's permanent observer to the UN, defended its record by claiming that "available research" showed that only 1.5%-5% of Catholic clergy were involved in child sex abuse.

He also quoted statistics from the Christian Scientist Monitor newspaper to show that most US churches being hit by child sex abuse allegations were Protestant and that sexual abuse within Jewish communities was common.

He added that sexual abuse was far more likely to be committed by family members, babysitters, friends, relatives or neighbours, and male children were quite often guilty of sexual molestation of other children.

The statement said that rather than paedophilia, it would "be more correct" to speak of ephebophilia, a homosexual attraction to adolescent males.

"Of all priests involved in the abuses, 80 to 90% belong to this sexual orientation minority which is sexually engaged with adolescent boys between the ages of 11 and 17."

Where to start with this?? Well yes, abuse happens in lots of places but that does not detract from the issue of it in the Catholic Church. Glad to see though they note abuse in families, yep even good old heterosexual married ones.

Quibbling about percentage points, well any abuse and especially hypocritical by people who profess to care and preach morals to others is too much, whether that is 1.5% or 5%.

There is the nit picking about terminology, that its not really paedophilia if the child is over 11, its something some gay men do .Glad to see they don't miss the chance to make a link with those sinful homosexuals.
Well , lets cut to the chase, its abuse whatever other label is attached. Its abuse as the children were children, whether that is 5 or 15.
It wasn't just sexual, it was physical by Nuns as well as priests. It was cruelty by people professing to be moral.

Its abuse by people in a position of power , trust and authority . They took advantage and were often protected , something the Church did not always accord the victims . And lets not forget its the children who are the victims, not the Church now bleating that they are being picked on, trying to deflect attention elsewhere. Its those now grown up who have had to fight to be heard, to have what happened acknowledged , they are the victims who have been further traumatised by the excuses of the Church, who have often fought rather than say sorry and compensate.

The Catholic Church is not being picked on and its certainly bigger and more powerful than the children it silenced . It is privileged and now is not happy to be called on its hypocrisy .

This is not an individual incident, google abuse and priests to see the extent. This is an organisation that preaches to others, who tells others in consensual relationships they are sinful, yet still seems to want to minimise the abuse in their own ranks.

As the article goes on to point out :

The Ryan Report, published last May, revealed that beatings and humiliation by nuns and priests were common at institutions that held up to 30,000 children. A nine-year investigation found that Catholic priests and nuns for decades terrorised thousands of boys and girls, while government inspectors failed to stop the abuse.

Yes, abuse happens and not just in the Catholic Church, but accept when it happens to be criticised and called to account .

Hat Tip Shiraz .