Top 10 Catholic Church’s callous attitudes to clergy child sex abuse victims
Child protection is not a priority. Church protection is a priority. Cardinal and bishop reputation protection is a priority. Protection of cardinal’s and bishop’s mates who are good blokes and could not possibly be abusers is a priority. Even if they accept that a priest is an abuser, his protection from responsibility for his crimes is a priority. Saving the church from embarrassment is a priority. Hiding the full, shocking size of this problem from public scrutiny is definitely a priority. Protecting the church’s assets is a top priority.
Sex crimes against children are not really crimes. Sexually abusing children doesn’t count as breaking their vow of celibacy, so therefore it’s okay. Besides, if they couldn’t abuse children, life as a priest would be pretty unbearable.
Why should abusive priests should be treated as criminals, when they are just sinners who have committed grave errors of judgement and deserve forgiveness?
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