Skip to comments.Catholic-bashers have embellished the truth about abuse in Catholic institutions. --Brendan O'Neill
Posted on 03/03/2013 5:07:33 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o
The publication last week of the Irish government's McAleese Report on the Magdalene laundries has proved kind of awkward for Catholic-bashers. For the thorough, 1,000-page study found not a single incident of sexual abuse by a nun. Not one. Also, the vast majority of its interviewees said they were never physically punished in the laundries.
As one woman said, "It has shocked me to read in papers that we were beat and our heads shaved and that we were badly treated by the nuns I was not touched by any nun and I never saw anyone touched."
The authors seem to have been taken aback by "the number of women who spoke positively about the nuns".
And yet, some are wondering out loud if it was nonetheless legitimate and good to have produced so many embellished stories about evil nuns in recent years, as a way of highlighting the broader culture of abuse in the Catholic Church.
When the Irish government published its Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse for the period 1950 to 2002, newspaper headlines declared "Thousands raped in Ireland's Christian Brothers schools". But actually, the commission heard allegations of 68 rapes, not thousands.
Anyone who points out that reports and depictions of abuse in Catholic institutions have been overblown risks being denounced as an abuse apologist, peskily committed to historical accuracy rather than to the grander goal of making the Catholic Church appear as rotten and warped as possible, regardless of the facts.
Yet those of us, even atheists like me, who are genuinely interested in truth.
Catholic-bashers frequently accuse the Catholic religion of promoting a childish narrative of good and evil that is immune to factual evidence. Yet they do precisely the same, in the service of their fashionable and irrational new religion of anti-Catholicism.
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Good to see somebody taking the British and Irish journalist-jackals to task.
I can't help but think that those who practice the latter have an axe to grind over the Church's continuing refusal to change its stance on either abortion or homosexuality, and the baby murderers and perverts are doing everything in their power to try to Alinsky the Church.
And then, there are those who would start the "Troubles" all over again, even here.
“And yet, some are wondering out loud if it was nonetheless legitimate and good to have produced so many embellished stories about evil nuns in recent years, as a way of highlighting the broader culture of abuse in the Catholic Church.”
Translation: Lies that hurt the Church and aid Liberals are okay!
How about somebody do a 50 year study of the New York City PUBLIC SCHOOL system?
Well stated. Thank You. :)
The perverted homosexuals are attacking the church from the inside. They become priest. Then rape young boys. Then go to confression. Nothing can be reported to the police.
Great article. Thanks for posting.
The Church in Ireland managed to survive hundreds of years of oppression by the British Protestant invaders, but these new attacks have been more effective—along with betrayals by some of the more liberal Irish politicians.
There are some pretty disgusting comments at the bottom of the article, comparing this study to Holocaust Denial, as well as some intelligent comments from readers who defend it. Liberals tend to be too closed minded to listen to the facts, no matter how clearly stated.
I would wager my right arm up to the shoulder that a person habituated to this sin never confesses it. Why would he? There's no gain, no benefit, no motivation to do so.
When you heard about Jerry Sandusky and Penn State, were you not horrified to learn that children were raped by a monster, others knew about it, yet did nothing to stop it and yet more children were raped?
Now please tell me what's different from this situation and what has happened at the Catholic church (except on a much larger scale at the Catholic church). Personally I don't think any embellishment is necessary. Please don't shoot the messenger, just tell me what's different.
>>>The perverted homosexuals are attacking the church from the inside. They become priest. Then rape young boys. Then go to confression. Nothing can be reported to the police>>>
You know nothing about the Catholic faith if you can believe confession works that way. The priest is merely the representative of God, and he cannot forgive a serious sin UNLESS the penitent is truly sorry and promises never to do it again. God makes the decision, not the priest. And every Catholic knows that committing the same sin over and over again does NOT erase it from his soul. Again, God will know.
Another difference would be that in reality, Sandusky's accusers were credible enough to warrant a criminal trial. His victims seem to have been more interested in justice than cash. That is rarely the case exxlesiastically.
There is very little true pedophilia in the Church. It is much lower than in virtually any trade or profession. Also it is significantly lower in the Catholic Church than in any other Christian denomination. Many, many more instances occurs in the more ‘liberal’ Churches as well in the LDS and certainly the Muslim religions.
That being said. The effect of the Homosexual Lobby in the Catholic Hierarchy of the Church, often called the Lavender Mafia, can not be over stated. It has brought great disrepute and done great damage to the Latin Church. It is almost certainly be caused by the loosening of the acceptance standards for homosexuals into the priesthood. The Homosexuals than rapidly advanced and often filled very influential posts in the hierarchy where they could protect and cover for their and their fellow perverts.
Make no mistake. The Liberals in society have no real problem with Gay Priests as they approve very much the same activity in the wider secular World. They also appreciate the opportunity to bash the Church of Rome since they hate any organization that willfully stands in their way of sexual and secular utopia.
Please read my post #11.
The level of pedophilia is stunning and abuse of young males. I feel sorry for those that thought they were giving money to God but the money was part of hundreds on millions that went to defiled children. Now a Cardinal. Wow. It is my opinion that Ratzinger bailed on the real depth of the continuing scandal. It is sad because there are so many saved souls looking up to these perverts but as my Grand Mother told me. “Keep your Eyes on Jesus “ Willard!!
If anything, the crime is 10 times worse when done by someone consecrated to the Christian faith.
Brendan O'neill's point is the Irish and British journalists have falsely accused thousands, even tens of thousands of blameless priests and nuns, by their wild, and in some cases wilful, slanders.
False accusation protects no child, benefits no innocent person, and constitutes an assault on the only institutions which still teach that acts of sexual perversion are intrinsically immoral.
Surely you know that.
Yesrs ago, there was in my hometown a fireman who was an arsonist. Strange but true. What makes more sense: to prosecute him, and anyone who covered up incriminating evidence? Or to vilify, bankrupt with lawsuits, slander, and possibly abolish fire departments?
since I know people who were horribly abused by their ever beloved parish priest I find your post offensive on oh so many levels. If you think that the cases in the American version of the catholic church are all just out for money you are sorely mistaken. Too often when these young men came forward the statute of limitations had passed and hence no prosecution occurred. When priests are hidden away and ‘treated’ for pedophilia and then released onto a new congregation with no supervision and no warning to parishioners, I say there is something endemically wrong.
The difference is that it happens much more often in sports that a coach sexually assaults a child than it ever happens in the Catholic Church. It happens more often in MOST areas of society. The Church is simply held to a higher standard. As they should be. There is also much more of an interest in damaging the Catholic Church than organized sports.
Like MOST male ‘Pedophiles’ Jerry Sandusky was a homosexual who preferred pubescent adolescent boys. They where all between age 12 - 19 and he started a charity ‘the Second Mile Foundation’ in order to increase his access to troubled teens whom he could engage in sexual acts. He is an Ephebophile. Many Homosexuals are. They desire young pubescent boys. Many older Homosexuals try to emulate the characteristics of pubescent boys like hairless chests and slight body builds in order to attract other homosexual men.
Using your analogy I’d consider Jesus to be the fire department, not the Catholic church. You got him, you’re covered.
First, I never said that I think that the cases in the American version of the catholic church are all just out for money. Perhaps you meant that reply to someone else.
Second, to reply to your statement “When priests are hidden away and treated for pedophilia and then released onto a new congregation with no supervision and no warning to parishioners, I say there is something endemically wrong.”
I would agree with you except that I read in a large LIBERAL newspaper years ago that the psychiatrists said that pedophiles COULD BE SUCCESSFULLY TREATED and to send the erring priests to them. The Church did just that. Later the psychiatrists said, ‘WHOOPS,” pedophilia cannot be cured. Blame the psychiatrists instead of the Church.
I went to a Catholic school for twelve years. I was an acolyte for eight of those years and I continued to serve at Mass when called upon while on active duty. At no time did any priest ever even look at me suggestively. I WAS molested at about nine years old by my Little League baseball coach. Twice. I heard years later that he died in prison in Indiana.
That is exactly what happened 2 years ago in my Diocese (Knoxville) when the bishop immediately revoked a priest's faculties and called the cops.
What caused a whole lot of grief and complication was the common view in the 1970's and 80's that what the abuser needed was therapeutic intervention, rather than prosecution. Too often the abuser got some kind of in-patient counseling and psychotherapy, got certified as having his compulsions under control, and was put back into a pastoral role.
Most churches (not just Catholic) and most institutions (not just churches) took this therapeutic approach, and the result was catastrophic: the re-offense rate is close to 100%, but they didn't know it at the time.
Why was all the spotlight put on the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts, of all people? Three reasons:
(1) The paradox of youth work. Any organization that deals ith youth, will attract people who are attracted to youth --- for the wrong reasons. Perverts are drawn to coaching, scouting and pastoring for the same reason bank robbers are drawn to banks. It's here they'll get the opportunity to score.
(2)Deep pockets: it was perceived that they (the Catholic Church and the BSA) had huge institutional assets which could be seized. (I'm not blaming the victims here, and they never see most of the money: it's a goldmine for lawyers)
(3) The pleasure of eviscerating the "straightest" institutions, the ones that publically and prominently opposed the homosexual agenda.
That's why the same people who go ballistic on the Church and the Scouts won't touch public schools, publicly-sponsored youth programs, and Hollywood.
you obviously know nothing about confession....a priest would NEVER give absolution to a child rapist without ordering him to go to the authorities with his confession.
the sacrament of reconcilliation has a whole lot of responsibilities connected to it....if you kill your wife, you don't walk away absolved of your crime....while the priest cannot divulge your confession, he can and will mandate that you do so yourself.
I’ve long suspected a close family member had a bizarre relationship with an old, fat reverend he practically worshipped, Methodist.
They think no matter what you do, God forgives - thus, they can do anything they want, endlessly.
you obviously took your eyes off of Jesus....Pope Benedict did not take his eyes off of the problems within the Catholic Church...there are 1.3BILLION members of the church..some of them are misguided, some of the are downright EVIL but you do not condemn an organization because some of its members are evil. want to condemn the masons, elks, moose, eagles, whatever because a few of their members are bad asses????
Fake but accurate!
“Truly sorry and promises never to do it again ...”
Well all one can do is confess and pray that the Lord keeps you from sinning. There is no such thing as a sinner promising to never do it again or being able to not sin again. That isn’t going to happen
Historically this has been the "normal" type of homosexuality. See ancient Greece, Japan, China, Afghanistan, etc. Today's "consenting adults" meme is the anomaly.
BTW, good luck convincing anybody that pedophilia does not refer to attraction towards any person (arbitrarily) defined as being under the legal age of consent.
I know it’s hard to remember the way things were viewed 30 to 40 years ago, but at the time such actions were viewed, and not just by the Church, as a moral failing on the part of the adult, not as a horrific sin and crime against a child.
IOW, the focus was on helping the priest get over his sinful tendencies, not on protecting the children.
In hindsight this was appalling moral blindness, but I can guarantee you it was the general view at the time. For instance, I don’t believe Roman Polanski’s original flight to avoid prosecution for rape of an underage child created nearly as much uproar in 77 as was created by his possible return to this country a couple of years ago.
In one of his early movies, Woody Allen made some quip about wanting to die at 90 in bed with twin 12 year old girls, if I remember rightly, and it was just a throw-away laugh line. (Art predicting life in his case?)
Attitudes have changed, and in this case for the better, IMO.
when faced with the criminality of their own, the catholic church did nothing....end of story
**The level of pedophilia is stunning and abuse of young males.**
The figures I have seen say that less that 50 percent of the cases are true. Still too much, but there is a lot of lying and money mongering going on.
PS. This is not the reason Pope Benedict XVI retired. Have you seen the pictures of him? Do you know how physically sick he is?
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The most probable pedophiles in order are:
Priests are way down on the list.
So if a father is a teacher of mid-high history, coaches the girls basketball team and is a youth minister at his church on weekends/Sundays watch out! He would be much more prone to pedophilia that any priest.
How, pray tell, have the Baptists set a better example? I know many devout Baptists and I don't post that link to speak ill of them or their denomination. I post it because abuse is an especially heinous crime when it occurs in any Christian setting. There are quite a few nonCatholic denominations that have also failed to protect their children. Peace be with you.
May I ask your source for the ranking you gave? I thought nonrelated males (i.e. mom's live-in boyfriend, stepfather, or other unrelated male in the household) had higher rates of abuse than biological fathers. And that abuse rates were similar among clergy of all denominations. I suppose it's possible that with the safeguards that Catholic dioceses have implemented that other denominations could presently have higher rates. Looking at it historically though, I don't know of any source that shows nonCatholic clergy abusing at higher rates. That said, I don't follow it as much as I used to since I no longer work in health care. Peace be with you.
“when faced with the criminality of their own, the catholic church did nothing....end of story”
No. Some diocese did well and never had much of a problem. Other diocese were notorious for their predators. You can’t tar the whole Church for something that varied wildly from diocese to diocese.
That may be the story of the enemedia, but it's not the findings reported by actual investigators. As this posted article discloses, in Ireland and the UK, the media turned 5 dozen allegations --- allegations, some of them true, some of them not, over a period of 52 years --- into a story of 10,000 rapes.
In many --- not all, but many --- cases involving crimes in the 70's and 80's, the "nothing" you speak of as a good-faith attempt at therapeutic intervention--- which turned out tragically, but was carried out on the expert medical advice of the psychiatric profession (Link). Has any psychiatrist been sued or criminally indicted? Even one?
Even in one of the worst cases, Boston, no criminal charge has ever been lodged against Cardinal Law ---regrettable as it may seem, He was fully investigated by the (MA) state attorney general and the district attorneys in the 5 counties of the Archdiocese, and he gave evidence before two grand juries. All of these attorneys general, after years of horrible press and intense scrutiny, nevertheless concluded that Law had not tried to evade investigation and had not broken any laws.
Do you want to put him in jail? Frankly, there are at least four bishops who ought to be sitting in jail, in my opinion. But actual criminal investigators have found that what bishops did was not indictable crime, but serious, repeated lapses in pastoral judgment.
(Like I said, in at least four cases I think there was knowing child endangerment; but since I don't have the power of the millstone --- the most fitting punishment --- I'll have to wait to see the final, fiery verdict in the world to come.)
There are over 40,000 Catholic priests in the US, and 95% of have had no allegation ---again no allegation --- of sexual behavior of any kind, with man or woman, adult or child.
But does that fit into your "story"?
End of story.
Did I say all of them were perverted homosexuals? No!
You do not like it because it is the truth.
Th truth just angers the people attacking the church.
Regardless, True pedophilia is the attraction to children, pre-pubescent children. It is and always has been.
The Liberals will always try to push the envelope. They are all sick souls who are Godless. They use God for their own desires and toss him when they feel they know better. It is only a matter of time until our society rivals the worst aspects of Rome in the time of Empire.
Home Run. Exactly the point.
you obviously know nothing about confession....a priest would NEVER give absolution to a child rapist without ordering him to go to the authorities with his confession.
That is why the Bishops moved all the known child molestors around from parish to parish to protect them from exposure to the congregations and authoities....
You are a tad out to lunch on what happened with the Catholic perv operation. Cardnial Law of Boston had to be hidden in the Vatican as it was discovered by Boston and State authorities that he was no better than a madam for child molesting perv ring for years.
I quite agree. Just pointing out that attitudes towards attraction to pubescent and adolescent children have changed in recent decades.
and this original post is in the religion forum about the catholic church not about schools....reminds me of when I was young and tried to deflect attention by saying my brother did worse
I have no ‘story’....The catholic church has a particular structure. Not all churches have the same structure. Much of what happened in the US happened because no one could imagine that their parish priest would ever do anything wrong.
Moreover it is the roman church that prevents their priests from marrying and was more than willing to allow homosexuals into the priesthood.
Do other churches have problems? Sure they do but this article was about the roman church. Don’t be mad at me for that
see post number 48