NOOOOOO, the Catholic Church scandal was a coverup scandal. Had the church took steps to stop/prevent abuse when the problem was 1st realized, we wouldn’t be dealing with what we are today. Similar to JoePa and the others. Had they done what was morally required at the time, most of the victims would have never been violated by a predator. But instead, like the catholic church, Penn State allowed a predator to continue attacking little boys, all to save face.
You can’t blame either of these on the media, or anything other than thinking of ones self over the welfare of children.
You are partially correct - indeed, some Bishops did willfully ignore the abuse or cover it up because of fear of scandal. And that is what secular anti-Catholics want to focus on
BUT - the key question remains - WHY did (male) pedophilia become a problem, beginning in the 1970's?????
“You cant blame either of these on the media, or anything other than thinking of ones self over the welfare of children.”
I’m not blaming either on the media; I wish they’d treat Paterno like a bishop. The Church scandal was a gay scandal, in which men in positions of authority were often compromised themselves by the “Lavender Mafia”. I think some people high in the administration, as well as ALL perps, should face prison. For another side of it, read Cardinal Law’s deposition, in which he very handily proves that some Boston offenders had doctor’s notes (from psychiatrists) attesting that they could return to ministry. The Church at the time felt the same way the government did, that this was a treatable condition; now we all know better, and keep the freaks in prison after their terms are served (I think it is called “civilly committed”) because they will attack again.
Church leaders brought about the scandal; the media reported very selectively about the larger issues involved, using it as a soapbox to call for female clergy (will NEVER happen - that was Christ’s call) and liberalization of all moral positions, while completely ignoring the sex abuse in public school systems (especially New York City’s).