I recently ran a pretty big article on the statistics for paedophilia in the Catholic Church, which received a number of very interesting comments that I think are worth sharing with you. Thanks muchly to the readership for indulging.
Many years ago in an online debate I pointed out that it didn’t really matter whether Catholic priest were more likely to molest minors than other professions or not. The issue is that other organizations with employees who commit such crimes either fire them or find them a position where they have no access to vulnerable children. IOW, at a bare minimum they have the savvy not to allow the creation of new victims by someone wearing the company uniform. Their true concern may be protecting their brand, but regardless of motivation, they aren’t enablers.
The baffling thing about the Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal is that none of the highly-educated and intelligent bishops, archbishops, and cardinals making decisions grasped the simple fact that for purely pragmatic reasons they needed to prevent the sex offenders in their ranks from continuing to molest further victims. Defrock them, assign them to say Mass at monasteries full of muscular contemplatives doing hard labor, send them to minister to men at high security federal prisons… hell, stick them in the Vatican basement to count the cockroaches in the wine cellars. Just keep them the hell away from children and vulnerable adults. It’s not rocket science.
Yet for some reason, the Magisterium couldn’t seem to grasp that setting sexual predators free in new pastures without warning anyone in the new parish that Father Toohandsy has a history of groping little girls* and should never be allowed unsupervised access to children. That shows such a blatant denial of reality that it’s hard to grasp.
*I read somewhere that the reason the victims seem to skew male is that molesting boys was seen as sufficiently perverse to warrant creating a written record. Female victims were considered simply an unfortunate failure of chastity, and not worth creating a file for. Besides, the girls had undoubtedly tempted him, even if they were only five. This is something else to take into consideration when interpreting the statistics. Just sayin’.