reply to post by andy1033
Originally posted by andy1033
Just remember people not to blame all priests. i lived in ireland for a time in my childhood in the 80's, and our priest was a very nice man, and i
was an alter boy, so i knew him quite well.
Remember people do not label everyone as a paedo, like some seem to do.
There is no question of blaming every individual, it is impossible to conceive of the possibility there are no religious practitioners that provide
excellent service to the community.
It is the Church organization that stands condemned, and not by simply turning a blind eye, but by willfully and pro-actively pursuing a criminal
conspiracy to both cover up the abuse and to ridicule and denigrate the victims, thus multiplying the harm done.
And we should not blame just the Roman Catholic Church, other Churches behaved in the same way. Missionaries, especially Protestants, destroyed entire
peoples in Africa, the Pacific, and Australia, with their savage mental and physical abuse in the name of civilization and Christianity.
In Australia, the Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane was appointed Governor General, but was forced to resign in humiliation because of his treatment of
abuse victims during his tenure as Archbishop. Again official policy of the Church was to protect itself (and importantly, its Insurance Company) at
the expense of its pastoral duty to its congregation.
Also in Australia, just last week, the Prime Minister issued a formal apology from the Government to the "forgotten generation" of children,
transported to Australia, many of them essentially kidnapped from unwilling families in England, shortly after World War II. These were not
'stateless orphan refugees". While there are good stories among these children, the overwhelming experience was one of being treated as slaves in
the homes of their foster parents, of beatings, of sexual abuse, of being forced to sleeping in filth under stairwells, of being forced to eat rotten
food. Many of these foster homes were 'good Christian' homes: Methodists, Anglicans, Salvation Army, Jehovah's Witness.
This is not an example of a failure by those Church organizations in this case, but of the general assumption that "churchly" people are somehow
more trustworthy to deal with children than the general public.
The simple fact is that if you are going to hide a book, the best place is in a library. If you are a predator of children, the best place to practice
your predilection is in a place where there are a lot of children in a position that is trusted by the public because of the position itself and not
because of the individual.
It is no longer reasonable to rely on that kind of automatic trust for any Church. They have proven they are unworthy of it. That is not to say that
every church, or every religious practitioner, or even a majority of them are untrustworthy. But enough of them have been proven criminally
untrustworthy, in the core of their management hierarchy, that it really behooves parents to be extremely guarded before exposing their children to
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