In the United States, there is constant news on this topic, but less than 1% of priests are guilty of acts of this type.
While these abominations may involve less than 1% of Priests, I think that it gets media play because of the number of victims. It's not unusual for a predator Priest to have a huge number of victims. One Priest in San Antonio had abused forty different boys, and had abused many of them multiple times. I think I remember during the Rudy Kos trial the number 1100 as being close to the number of abusive encounters that Kos had committed over the years.
I think that it gets media play because of the number of victims. It's not unusual for a predator Priest to have a huge number of victims.
This is what needs to brought out and is not. The actual number of predators was low in comparison to the number of victims. And who knows how many were victimized by any one predator before he was reported. The predators choose carefully - where they think they can get away with it.
It gets media play because of the institution. The Catholic Church will always be a target.
posted on 03/06/2003 12:10:17 PM PST
(Catholic and not apologizing for it.)
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