posted on Feb, 28 2013 @ 05:28 PM
Originally posted by ajay59
It kind of makes one wonder why the Vatican or Archdiocese or what ever branch, moves accused priests around rather than investigate. The police and
any other branch of perceived authority is in the pocket of TPTW.
I posted the following a few weeks ago, but I guess it isn't plagiarism if I copy myself. I think it's a reasonable response to your accusation. The
claim that the church moved priests around and did nothing else is completely false -- the problem was, up to a point, they really didn't seem to
know what to do, apart from "move them", which also meant "get them away from kids". That wasn't universal, of course, but neither is the
accusation that they did nothing.
I spent quite a bit of time earlier today, reading many of the reports that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released today.
(Files are located here
There is a lot of heartbreaking stories in there and, yes, clear instances of cover up, but the overwhelming sense I got from a lot of the reports
that were "coming up" to the Archdiocese was that these reporting priests and administrators just didn't know what do. They recognized the severity
of what was happening, but for a lot of those reports (mostly from the late 1960s to early 80s) there just weren't policies in place that gave a plan
of action, apart from sending the priest for counseling and assigning them somewhere that didn't involve children.
This graph shows the number of incidents that were reported to the Archdiocese:
The years of that are from 1931 to 2008 and shows a very clear trend on the "backside" -- at some point, the church implemented procedures that
answered that "what do I do with this guy?" question, and the result was a rapid reduction in instances of abuse.
Again, not for one moment do I defend these repugnant priests or those who intentionally protected them, or the church, over the safety of children,
but I think that the facts demonstrate that the church does not teach that this behaviour is normal or acceptable.