Amen, brother. And I'd add that no decent person should be publicly associated with any RCC clergy. Let's face it: being a Catholic priest is about the most disreputable thing one can be nowadays. I'd rather be called a drug dealer than a Catholic priest. Being a drug dealer at least implies a certain entrepreneurial panache. But the Roman collar implies only sexual perversion, the worst kind of child sex abuse, and complete unaccountability at all levels. No decent person should be associated with it. After all, St. Paul warns us gravely of scandal and its effects. Being associated with any Catholic clergy can only lend one's good name to scandalizing the innocent.
You support changing the statute of limitations as to the Catholic Church only?
Oh, please, such hyperbole.
Should I respond that "Preacher" only implies con-man, faith healing, prostitute-hiring, philandering crooks?
No, there are many good and excellent priests and preachers. We shouldn't join the real enemy.
Your #22 demonstrates beyond question the appropriateness and accuracy of your screen name.
Wow, a real live, breathing example of the fallacy of false generalization! Reality: the number of priests accused of molestation is well less than 5% (less if you count only priests in active ministry). Do you think 5% of Republicans are racists? I do. Do you think 5% of Republicans cheat on their taxes? I do. According to your (pathetic excuse for) logic, when I hear “Republican”, I should think “racist tax cheat” ... right?
Too often, problem teachers are allowed to leave quietly. That can mean future abuse for another student and another school district.
They might deal with it internally, suspending the person or having the person move on. So their license is never investigated, says Charol Shakeshaft, a leading expert in teacher sex abuse who heads the educational leadership department at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Laws in several states require that even an allegation of sexual misconduct be reported to the state departments that oversee teacher licenses. But theres no consistent enforcement, so such laws are easy to ignore.
School officials fear public embarrassment as much as the perpetrators do, Shakeshaft says. They want to avoid the fallout from going up against a popular teacher. They also dont want to get sued by teachers or victims, and they dont want to face a challenge from a strong union.