I apologize to my Protestant friends who do get it; this is not for you. This is for the few Protestants who don’t know the facts and then make unfair cheap shots at the Catholic Church.
ROGER ASKED A GOOD QUESTION: IF the Catholic Church was the REAL CHURCH... Why do they PERMIT... Priests & Bishops.... TO MOLEST CHILDREN...?
LENNY ASKS A GOOD QUESTION AS WELL: If the Protestant Churches were the REAL CHURCH…Why do they PERMIT…Protestant ministers & deacons TO MOLEST CHILDREN… and then criticize Catholics when Protestants have as large or larger problem in their own churches?
Three insurance companies in the United States that provide liability coverage for 165,000 Protestant churches revealed data to the Associated Press that they typically receive 260 reports every year of children being sexually abused by Protestant clergy or other staff.
If these and the Catholic statistics are accurate, then on average, there are 32 more sex abuse cases per year in the Protestant church. As Father Jonathan stated in his news story, “The mainstream media has all but ignored the recent Associated Press report (April 30,2010 Karen Stephenson).
I have to admit I was surprised at a few of my Protestant friends who still wanted to stand in judgment of the Catholic Church even after they learned there was a bigger problem in Protestant Christianity. They are acting like modern day Pharisees pointing out the sin of others while not acknowledging their own.
“The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, “O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity—greedy, dishonest, adulterous –or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithe on my whole income” (Lk 18:11-12).
The Evangelicals were busy confessing the sin of Catholics rather than their own sin. But why do they do it when Jesus spoke against this? The answer is simple; they were using it as a negative recruiting tool to get people out of the Catholic Church and into the Evangelical Churches. In fact one Baptist minister said they wanted to gobble up all the Catholics they could get because of the scandal. I am sure this worked to some degree more or less, but what happens when these people find out there is an even bigger problem in Evangelical Churches.
Even the mighty Jewish talk show host Michael Savage got on the band wagon and lambasted the Church for all those scandals. It wasn’t long after that and one of Michael’s, Jewish rabbis was picked up in a sting operation where he was caught on tape soliciting underage girls. This seemed to quiet Michael down a bit.
Roger and others will no longer be using pedophilia as a negative recruiting tool. They will be too busy explaining to people in their own churches why they got out bad information and why their churches are having such a big problem.
And furthermore there is a problem in the secular schools that could be a hundred times larger then in Christianity.
HERE IS THE DEFINITIVE STUDY comparing molestation between Priests, Rabbi’s, Ministers and School Teacher (CATALYST – MARCH 2004, p.8 “Sexual Abuse in Social Context: Catholic Clergy and other Professionals”). Go to: http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=780.