The Media & Catholic Sex Abuse Story: 5 Facts

The fabulous website has a excellent five facts regarding the sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church:

1) It is not about catholic priests

FACT: Catholic priests abuse at a rate far lower than that of other males in the general population.

2) There was/is no conspirancy.

FACT: “You would never know it from the media’s frenzied coverage, but the bulk of reported stories of Catholic sex abuse stem from a historical anomaly as the vast majority of allegations occurred only during a narrow band of time of cultural tumult from the 1960s to the early 1980s. And despite media intimations of dark conspiracies and cover-ups, the Church merely followed the then-prevailing view of experts that offenders could be successfully rehabilitated and sent accused priests off treatment, rather than reporting them to police, which resulted in a high rate of recidivism.”

3) Current accusations against Catholic Priest are extremely rare

FACT: Almost all accusations against Catholic priests date from decades ago, and indeed nearly half of all abuse accusations concern priests who are already dead. In an institution of 77 million people, contemporaneous accusations of abuse against Catholic clergy in the United States are very rare, recently averaging only 8.5 allegations deemed “credible” each year.

4) The media won’t report on the epidemic abuse and cover-ups on today public schools.

FACT: The incidence of sexual abuse by teachers in public schools today has been estimated to be “more than 100 times” that by Catholic priests, and there is alarming evidence of school officials covering up abuse and failing to report suspected cases to authorities. Yet the mainstream media has largely ignored this shocking story while still rehashing decades-old allegations of abuse by Catholic priests.

5) The Catholic Church is a model for protection of children

FACT: The Catholic Church is likely the safest environment for children today.

Read more at fact sheet


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