If you’re looking for child abuse, the Catholic Church is the last place to look

Source: Syte Reitz:

The most shocking concept, after the idea of abusing children at all, is the idea of USING child abuse for a political agenda, instead of focusing on the identification and elimination of child abuse. This is what the liberal media has been doing, using forged documents and misrepresentations (http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1817), particularly during Holy Week and Easter 2010, to misrepresent the Catholic Church. In Madison, Wisonsin’s Wisconsin State Journal and Cap Times alone, over 30 articles referring to the Church sexual abuse scandals have been published in the last couple of weeks.

The Catholic Church HAS been guilty of having members who abuse children, and members who cover up the abusive situations.

However, the Catholic Church had the LOWEST societal frequency of offence in this area (Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis, Oxford University Press, Professor Philip Jenkins), the lowest frequency of cover-up, the Church has been the first institution to admit publicly to the problem, and the Church has apologized for previous offenders. The Catholic Church has also rapidly developed comprehensive new policies to prevent further possibility of abuse (http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2010/10-052.shtml). Pope Benedict has been at the forefront of these reforms, and has never participated in any abuse or cover ups.

Sadly, our whole society is plagued by sexual child abuse, and even our educators offend in this area much more frequently than Catholic priests do (http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/4/5/01552.shtml, http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21392345/, http://www.archny.org/media/archbishops-blog/Sexual_Misconduct_Report.pdf). Married men are the biggest offenders, while celibate priests are the least offenders (Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis, Oxford University Press, Professor Philip Jenkins).

Yet, the media seems to specialize in misrepresenting and twisting the facts in such a way that the Catholic Church would appear to be the primary offender. By reporting almost exclusively on abuses committed by priests, the media conveys the impression that the Catholic Church is the primary child sex abuse offender, rather than the LEAST frequent offender.

The first recent attack on the Pope involving Milwaukee was based on a forged document, and had to be retracted entirely. The NY Times, NBC and 100 other publications/online news sources ALL failed to verify the authenticity of a hand-written document laying accusations at the foot of Pope Benedict ( http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1817). This lack of journalistic thoroughness betrays a willful alternate agenda.

The next Holy Week attack criticized the Pope’s slowness to defrock a priest who had already confessed, who had already been stripped of his job, and who was subject to legal action. There was no cover-up (he had confessed), the Church took away his job, and the Church made no attempt to block the legal processing of this crime. For the media to demand the defrocking of this priest is equivalent to revoking educational or marital status for non-clerical child abusers—revoking a Ph.D., or revoking a marriage certificate. The civil authorities do not do revoke these titles for child abusers, so why would the media expect this step to be taken by the Church? Are they not also aware that the “defrocking” of a priest removes him from the supervision of his bishop and sets him free on society?

The media has more recently delighted in their ability to locate 30 Catholic priests in the whole U.S. during the last century, who still continued to exist, either in the same, or at different locations, after abusing children. The AP tried to generalize and to accuse the Church of willful relocation of priests after abuse. Some of the priests in question were never convicted, and continued to proclaim their innocence. Some were dismissed from the priesthood and moved away on their own, after the Church had no remaining authority over them. A few were actually reassigned by the Church to work in a new location – at a time when both civil and church authorities believed that rehabilitation of child abusers was possible. The media cannot attack the Pope for using policies 25 years ago which were universally used by all, including civil authorities world-wide. In the 1960s and 1970s, therapists generally theorized that sexual abuse was treatable. (Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis, Oxford University Press, Professor Philip Jenkins.)

The media making these accusations against the Catholic Church also neglect to mention that today, just in our small town of Madison, there are over 300 child sex abusers living and roaming free (http://www.familywatchdog.us/Search.asp). Click figure to enlarge.  Each of the ~300 red squares on this map of Madison represents the home of a registered child sex offender. Nobody has a mechanism for getting rid of these people—not the City of Madison, not the Catholic Church. They have to go somewhere, we cannot vaporize them. Whether they stay or relocate is not within our rights to determine. Once they face legal action, our entire legal system is based on forgiveness and rehabilitation. How can we criticize the Catholic Church for leaving 30 offenders loose in the U.S. throughout a century, when Madison alone has 300 of them loose today?

In actual fact, children have always been, and continue to be, safer in the hands of the Catholic Church than they are in any other place, including public school, on the streets of Madison, or even in their own homes.

WHY would the media focus on attacking the Catholic Church, rather than exposing the largest offenders and pursuing the development of policies to protect children at the locations where children are at greatest risk?

It’s pretty clear in 2010 that we are in the midst of a heated cultural struggle between conservatives (trying to maintain age-old Judeo-Christian ethical standards protecting life, marriage and family), and liberals (attempting to redefine all of those standards – redefine life at beginning and end, redefine marriage, and redefine family).

The loudest, clearest, most organized and most powerful voice in opposition to this agenda of liberalization has been the Catholic Church. The Pope, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as well as Madison’s Bishop Morlino, have been at the forefront of opposition to the liberalization agenda. No other voice is as large (representing 1 billion), as organized (globally), or as courageously outspoken as the Catholic Church has been.

Why, then, is it any surprise, that the liberal media has launched a campaign to misrepresent the Pope and the Catholic Church? If they succeed in eroding the Church’s reputation as a respected moral authority, they will succeed in silencing the most powerful global opposition to the liberalization agenda existing today.

It is unfortunate that we lack principled journalists who have the integrity and courage to expose the double standard that has been applied in attacking the Catholic Church in this culture war.

There was a similar lack of courage during Holy Week, over 2,000 years ago.

It is very shocking, indeed, that the media– instead of reporting accurately, zeroing in on the problem and on solutions — that instead, the media abuses children further, by ignoring their plight, by misrepresenting the problem, and by using abused children in the war against conservative values.

There is a very tragic irony in the global campaign to spread abortion, when liberals energetically accuse the world’s least offenders of child abuse (Catholic priests), while themselves militantly advocating the ultimate child abuse — death before birth, painful, excruciating dismemberment in one’s mother’s womb.

2 Responses to If you’re looking for child abuse, the Catholic Church is the last place to look

  1. Barbara de Souza says:

    Thank you for defending the Pope and the Catholic Church.

    Sexual abuse is an offence which is demonic. It is far worse than sin. It is a criminal offence for every one. Who is at the bottom of this? Satan and his minions. The sins of the fathers are visited upon the children. So generational iniquity carries on whether the ancestors were Christian or not.

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    (Exodus 20:5) – “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,”
    (Deuteronomy 5:9) – “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,”
    (Exodus 34:6-7) – “Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.”
    (1 Cor. 15:22) – “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.”

    Covenantally, when a father misleads his family, the effects of that misleading are often felt for generations. This is because the father is being covenantally unfaithful and God has stipulated that there are punishments to breaking the covenant with God. That is the case with these verses that deal with the sins visited upon the children. If a father rejects the covenant of God and takes his family into sin and rejects God, the children will suffer the consequences, often for several generations. Whether or not this is fair is not the issue. Sin is in the world, consequences of sin affected many generations.

    It is not only men who abuse children sexually but women do so to. The demon of sexual abuses continues to be passed to all generations until one member of the family becomes a born again Christian with a living encounter with Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. This individual goes through generational healing as well as inner healing, healing and deliverance. Then intercede’s for the rest of the family. Some times this whole process is life long but mostly it can be completed within 15-20 years. Most often the abuser has been abused himself or herself.

    A friend of mine a Pentecostal pastor was sexually abused by her own father a Pentecostal pastor and leader of a church. As a result she rejected Jesus. She left home at 16 but fortunately for her other church leaders provided accommodation and she went to secretarial colleage (night-school). In her twenties she went to a very big meeting for Pastors with the intention of speaking out against them but to her surprise she was slain in the Spirit and one of the pastors had a word of knowledge of the sins committed by her father against her. She had a dramatic conversion and has since led many to Christ. Even though I was a practising Catholic and Lay Minister of the Eucharist (trying very hard with my prayer life) I did not know Jesus although I had an O level in scripture and Religious Education having won several prices in school for best pupil. All I had was head knowledge which required to be converted to heart knowledge and intimacy with Jesus. It was only when I met this young Pentecostal pastor that I became born again through the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Therefore, I believe that both victim and offender require Christian counselling. By Christian counselling I mean the ministry of inner healing, healing and deliverance. One requires to repent of one’s own sin and the sins of the fathers and forgive all those who have sinned against one in this way. Demons of fear and paedophile spirits get cast out as well as all other evil spirits.

    Although many Catholics profess to be Christian only 12% have undergone inner healing, healing and deliverance. Only this small percentage have the fullness of the Holy Spirit and His protection.

    So we the Church must all attend the Alpha Course or Life in the Spirit Seminars in order to grow into Christian maturity and be cleaned and made whole. This whole process is called sanctification.

    What is sanctification?

    Traditionally, sanctification is categorized into three aspects.

    (1) Positional sanctification is that state of holiness imputed to the Christian at the moment of their conversion to Christ. It denotes not so much one’s spiritual condition as his spiritual position. The Corinthian believers could thus be called ‘saints’ even though they were in a carnal state (1 Corinthians 1:2).

    (2) Progressive sanctification refers to the process in our daily lives by which we are being conformed to the image of Christ. It is the process of becoming what we are in Christ. This involves the putting off of the old habits of lying, stealing, backbiting, etc., and putting on the Christ-like qualities of honesty, mercy, and love (cf. Colossians 3:1-10ff.).

    (3) Ultimate sanctification is that state of holiness that we will not attain to in this life, but will realize when we are finally in the presence of God: “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is” (1 John 3:2). Sanctification, the putting off of the old man, and the putting on of the righteousness of Christ, is three dimensional: positional, progressive, and ultimate. The argument of the apostle Paul in Romans 6 is that we are obligated to experience progressive sanctification because of our positional sanctification accomplished on the cross of Calvary.

    With prayer for the sanctification of the body of Christ the whole Church not only Catholics in readiness as the Bride of Christ waiting for Second COming of Jesus the Groom.

    Barbara

  2. […] If you're looking for child abuse, the Catholic Church is the last … One Response to “If you're looking for child abuse, the Catholic Church is the last place to look” Barbara de Souza says: August 4, 2010 at 13:05 am. Thank you for defending the Pope and the Catholic Church. […]

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