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Sexual Abuse Scandal

April 15, 2010

You would have to be a hermit living in a desert cave with no access to media to avoid hearing about the sexual abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church. In case you haven't been paying attention, here's the "skinny" on the whole thing.

For decades now--some say centuries--some Catholic priests have been sexually abusing children under their care, whether they be altar boys and or school children, male and female, attending Catholic schools.My mother, who grew up Catholic in the 50s, recently told me that it was an open secret that some of the priests were sexually assaulting the boys under their care. Last week, a woman who attended Catholic schools as a child spoke jokingly of the countless sexual advances by male priests that she fended off as a high school teenager. "It's just the way it was. Everyone knew it was going on," she laughed.

Well, the joke isn't so funny anymore. One priest molested more than 200 children and still managed to continue working with children. Pedophile priests would be moved around from diocese to diocese to avoid bringing scandal on the church. I honestly don't know of another institution on earth that could get away with the widespread molestation of minors, but the Catholic Church seemingly has. Even the Pope has been implicated for his laissez faire handling of some pedophile priests.

Molesting children is a serious matter. Some teens have written Insight sharing stories of molestation adult family members and others. In each case, the results are devastating. When a young person is molested, their sexual identity is often damaged, and their concept of God is greatly injured. These hurting ones often leave God completely, especially when the abuser is someone who professes faith in God.

Let me be clear, all priests are not molesters. The great majority are not, quite frankly. But the Catholic Church's desire to protect the Church instead of it's youngest and most vulnerable memberscasts a shadow on the whole church. Jesus uttered a fearful warning to anyone who damages a child: "But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea" (Matthew 18:6). God help us!

Are you being abused by someone? If you are, you need help. Post us an anonymous note and we'll give you information on how to get help.

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