Skip to comments.The Silence of the Lambs: Are Protestants concealing a Catholic-size sexual abuse scandal?
Posted on 06/20/2017 11:15:37 AM PDT by Morgana
It was a hot day in July, a Saturday afternoon, and Kim James was bored. Her older sisters had taken her to a church event in their small hometown in Indiana, where the girls were spending their summer. Her parents were back in Bangladesh, working at the remote Baptist missionary compound where the family had lived, on and off, for five years. For an adventurous and high-spirited 13-year-old like Kim, Indiana seemed dull compared to Bangladesh. She missed her friends, the dozen or so missionary kids everybody called MKs. She missed the menagerie her parents let her keep: goats, cows, a parrot, a monkey. She missed the jackals that called in the distance at night, and the elephants that sometimes crashed through the compound fence.
As she thought about the mission, though, Kim felt troubled. Something was weighing on her mind. So she decided to skip out of the church eventit was for little kids, anywayand go see the pastor. She found him in his office, trying to compose the next days sermon. Kim ambled around his desk, picking things up, putting them back down. Eventually, with feigned casualness, she pointed between her legs and said, Is it wrong when someone does thistouches you here?
The pastor dropped his pen and looked up. Kim, he asked, has this happened to you?
At first, Kim said no. But as the pastor gently persisted, she began to sob. Yes, she had been touched, there and there, lots of times.
The pastor asked Kim who had touched her.
Uncle Donn, she said.
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"Protestants are going to have to accept the fact that we have many more similarities than differences with our Catholic brothers and sisters when it comes to how we have failed to protect and serve Gods children, he says."
Trying to pit Christians against each other.
I wonder if new republic is concerned about genital mutilation?
Never mind Podesta’s sex scandals
This sounds like an assumption of an over-arching Protestant organization. Unlike our Catholic friends, we aren’t that organized.
A cover up by dozens of denominations isn’t very likely.
Unfortunately the Catholic church organizational structure is ideal for organizing a cover up. Only a very few levels of management, a fierce sense of loyalty, coupled with a “we are inherently good/right just because of who we are” attitude means that they could get away with anything, at least for a while.
This is not to bash Catholics, I am just pointing out that from an organizational standpoint they are more likely to be able to get away with a scandal and cover up than Protestants.
Yes, Protestants have scandals too. We just don’t get away with them for very long.
This article was posted to a site called (G.R.A.C.E.) Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment
They post stuff like this all the time, no matter what church the abuse happens in.
Catholics are no worse (or better) than Protestants when it comes to sexual sin. Of this I am sure.
“Yes, Protestants have scandals too. We just dont get away with them for very long.”
The sex abuse in this story happened in the early 80’s
The perp sexually abuse dozens of girls in India and in his church while working as a doctor.
The perp was just given a life sentence, he is 82.
Care to clarify that statement?
But, is it as large as the U.S. Public School sex abuse scandal, hidden for decades?
The number of Public School teachers and coaches, with access to a much larger student population, have been abusing our kids with near impunity for decades.
Anybody want to discuss moving teachers to other districts to hide the problem?
avenir I feel just as sorry for this girl as I do for any Catholic child who is sexually abused. I read her story and it made me angry how she was treated by everyone. If she never goes to church a day in her life would you blame her? I would not. What hurts most is when children like these become atheist because they really believe God had a hand in this and “willed” this nonsense.
I’m not sure why one needs a godly response to abuse “in a Christian environment”. Shouldn’t we have the same response regardless of the environment?
I suppose it sounds noble.
I rob banks because that’s where the money is.
- Willie Sutton (attributed to him)
There are and always will be pedophiles among priests and ministers, among coaches and Scout Leaders, and among teachers and daycare workers. Perverts on the left go where kids are to prey on the children, sometimes after praying over the children. Which ones get news coverage? The ones that are currently being targeted by the far left narrative.
It looks like protestant religious leaders are next in line for #FakeNews [note: it’s technically true, but the rate is no different from any other group working with kids, so the reporting counts as fake]. What about Scouting? They’re safe from accusations, for now, but only because perverts on the left want time to fully integrate predators into BSA leadership.
“Protestants” couldn’t conceal a Catholic-size sexual abuse scandal if they tried because they’re not under a central hierarchy for starters. “Protestants” also will knock the dust off their shoes and vote with their feet the minute a church starts going bad, too, so there’s a monetary motivation for denominational leaders to come clean and stay clean. Crooks and perverts exist even in churches, of all kinds, this is a fallen and sinful world. But, there are no protected dark cellars and attics for them to hide in, not for long, unlike the Roman Catholic church which has demonstrably protected and concealed such individuals for a very long time.
There is a world of difference between a Jimmy Swaggart or Jim Bakker having a scandal and an organization taking cover up as an institutional policy.
Now if you wish to deny that the Catholic church tried to cover up allegations of child abuse for years, we’d all like to hear it, but I believe that ship has sailed.
“But, is it as large as the U.S. Public School sex abuse scandal, hidden for decades?”
It’s very different in church, no matter if it’s protestant or catholic because they use religion against the victim!
“You are suppose to FORGIVE your perp” “just forgive and forget” “you are not being forgiving that is what is wrong with you”
Plus they won’t go to the police parents go to church officials who cover it up!!!
look at what church people told this little girl in this article:
“I wasnt allowed to talk about it, she says. We were told it was over and done with: Move on. The other missionaries blamed Kim and her family for driving away the compounds most revered leader. Donn is needed here, a few told Kim to her face. You arent.”
What? This man could be abusing their kids and she is not needed there? Yea those people got what they deserved.
Read my post 10
Care to point out any Catholic priests in this country who have even stood trial for sexual crimes committed in their capacities as priests, let alone sentenced and convicted?
“What about Scouting?”
Scouting is NOT safe and we all here know why. They let the fox in to guard the hen house. Any and all stores that start to come in on sex abuse I will believe but it’s the parents own fault for letting their kids in that. Scouting used to be Honor, God, and all that it is no more.
I know there was one, please don’t ask his name for it slips my mind. Only know this he died in general population you take a guess as to how. I’m just sorry he did not do right, but he was probably rotten going in the seminary.
Read the article. "Not very long" amounts to several decades in this case.