Perhaps our Catholic readers here have their own understanding of why Bishops covered up sexual child abusers. We who are not Catholic may see it differently.
Attached is an essay that includes an email message from an anonymous priest. He explains the thinking back at the time these cases happened.
The priest explained priesthood was seen as such a special institution it needed to be defended at all costs. The more priests the better, the fewer the worse.
On top of that, the priest mind was programmed to forgive. I suppose sitting there, bored to death, listening to confessions of nasty deeds and always saying, “You are forgiven,” plays with an otherwise rational mind. Then, the priest becomes a bishop and, “You are forgiven, Brother”.
Just today I received an email from a retired academic. He had taught in a Catholic university. He believes incompetent clergy were rotated around Catholic universities. In the case of his institution, a President’s credentials were false.
We know such problems are not limited to the Catholic branch of Christianity. It’s not even limited to religion. It’s a product of power, secrecy and a lack of accountability.
The new rule is abuse by Catholic clergy will be reported to law enforcement. Yet, the Church’s power remains with the Clergy, not in the pews.
I’m afraid the child abuse problem is still seen by Catholic clergy as yielding to the temptation of sin. It should be seen as a flaw in the way the institution is organized.
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