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Sexual Abuse of Minors in Protestant Churches

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Sexual Abuse of Minors in Protestant Churches

• E-mail Father Jonathan

The mainstream media has all but ignored the recent Associated Press report that the three major insurance companies for Protestant Churches in America say they typically receive 260 reports each year of minors being sexually abused by Protestant clergy, staff, or other church-related relationships.

In light of the sex abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church beginning five years ago, religious and victims’ rights organizations have been seeking this type of data for years. It has been hard to come by since Protestant Churches are more de-centralized than the Catholic Church.

Responding to heavy media scrutiny, the Catholic Church has reported that since 1950, 13,000 “credible accusations” have been brought against Catholic clerics (about 228 per year.) The fact that this number includes all credible accusations, not just those that have involved insurance companies, and still is less than the number of cases in Protestant churches reported by just three insurance companies, should be making front page of The New York Times and the network evening news. It’s not.


Seems like you can't be a Christian without running into this issue.

by on Mar. 25, 2010 at 11:50 AM
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fallenfey22
by on Mar. 25, 2010 at 12:29 PM

THIS! Thank you...people seem to not understand that these priests were not let off the hook.

Quoting LavenderMom23:

Catholics can't just 'fire' priests. We don't cover up for them or accept their behaviors, but at the same time we don't say "oh, look a sinner, let's throw them in the trash". Catholics demand all kinds of confessions and acts of repentance from their clergy, & at times moving them to monasteries. Despite that media would like you to believe otherwise. We believe in both forgiveness and consequences. Have you read the papal letters to the priests who were guilty? They seriously were NOT let off the hook. 


PamR
by on Mar. 25, 2010 at 12:34 PM


Quote:

Catholics can't just 'fire' priests. We don't cover up for them or accept their behaviors, but at the same time we don't say "oh, look a sinner, let's throw them in the trash". Catholics demand all kinds of confessions and acts of repentance from their clergy, & at times moving them to monasteries. Despite that media would like you to believe otherwise. We believe in both forgiveness and consequences. Have you read the papal letters to the priests who were guilty? They seriously were NOT let off the hook.

If they can't be fired, they can at least be put into positions where they won't have contact with children.  A few years ago, when there were stories of priests who were accused of molestation and were then moved to a different parish, but still in a position to be around children.  That is not acceptable.  You have to at least face the reality that the man is a pedophile and needs to be kept away from kids.
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