A new grand jury report says that internal documents from six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania show that more than 300 "predator priests" have been credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims.
"We believe that the real number of children whose records were lost or who were afraid ever to come forward is in the thousands," the grand jury report says.
"Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades. Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have mostly been protected; many, including some named in this report, have been promoted. Until that changes, we think it is too early to close the book on the Catholic Church sex scandal."
The lengthy report, released Tuesday afternoon, investigates clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses dating back to 1947. Pennsylvania's two other dioceses, Philadelphia and Altoona-Johnstown, were the subjects of earlier grand jury reports, which found similarly damaging information about clergy and bishops in those dioceses.
"There have been other reports about child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. But never on this scale," the grand jurors wrote in Tuesday's report.
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First Boston, now the state of Pennsylvania. A report I heard on CBS News had the number of accused priests in the Pittsburgh diocese alone at ONE HUNDRED, even more than the 87 accused in Boston, as reported by the Boston Globe in 2002.
I have to ask: if this is STILL happening in these two major American cities, why should we assume that it isn't happening anywhere else? Indeed, at the end of the movie, Spotlight, there was a list of cities in the US and worldwide where allegations of priest child sexual abuse have been made. A further question must be asked: Why Are We Tolerating This Behavior?!? Why isn't the Catholic Church itself under increased and intense scrutiny in the wake of the multiple reports from the Boston Globe and now regarding the Keystone State? As with many other such incidences, most of the offenses are past the statute of limitations, though Pennsylvania is considering a one-year suspension of that statute to empower further investigation and prosecution. In addition there are two priests who are under indictment and who will hopefully experience the full force of the state judicial system.
I still want to know: when will enough be enough? When will people see through the hallucination of holiness and the pretense of piety and shed the foolishness of belief without substance? Or, put more bluntly, How Many More Kids Have To Be RAPED???
That man is an embarrassment to humanity, full, freaking, stop.
I want to know what he calls it when priests force a young boy to reenact the crucifixion naked, and then to add to the boy's humiliation, he is photographed repeatedly.
Honestly, Patricia, I suspect Donahue is in a contest with Trump to see who can go the lowest.
I'm beyond speechless!!! Stringing them up by the thumbs is beginning to sound pretty good...….
More details of the investigation's findings, courtesy of CBS News.
Raising the question, what does it really mean to be a "man of god?"
From the mythical god, pope, cardinal, archbishop, bishop, priest, deacon, and paying parishioners, all bear responsibility for silence over two thousand years of abuses, not only sexual, but physical, and emotional abuse.
The Roman catholic church is not the only religious system that violates human rights and dignity. It is the notion that some superstitious power holds super-human power over the Earth. It doesn't matter which continent on which one resides, or which century at which one looks, abuse of power, using superstitions, unfounded beliefs, old wives' tales, legends, myths, fables, fallacies, delusions, illusions, magic, sorcery, informal humbug, and hooey to hoodwink the innocent.
Why do not the popes, cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priest, pastors, elders, deacons, and paying parishioners put a stop to abuses of any kinds within the systems in which they operate?
Because! They think they are special, superior, they have immunity from criticism, they are "redeemed,"they are a "forgiven" lot of human beings. Why? What gives them the right to believe such nonsense? Just look at the pompous looks on their faces, from pope to parishioners:
Oh wonderful......bring 'em here...….
I want to know what kind of success rate that rehab center has had, both in general and with those priests in particular, and if any stats regarding recidivism have been collected. In any case, EVERY LAST ONE of the offenders should be required to register as a sex offender and NONE of them should ever be allowed within a furlong of a child ... EVER.