Why Clergy Sex Abuse and Cover Ups Should Matter to You!
It’s one thing to hear on the news about all of the crimes committed in the church, but its another to know those crimes (sexual crimes, in particular) are being committed by the leaders. The horrific part of the issue is the clergy are getting away with some of these crimes and the church loyally covers up for the clergy. This is a crime in itself. So, what should you know about how this affects you?
Take a look below at five reasons we all should be very concerned about the clergy sex abuse and the cover ups that tag along with them:
From The Worthy Adversary:
Here are five reasons you should care about the Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse and Cover-up Crisis:
1) Many church officials have broken and are breaking the law. The William Lynn trial in Philadelphia and the child pornography cover-up scandal in Kansas City are only unique because church officials—Former Philadelphia Vicar for Clergy Msgr. William Lynn and Kansas City’s Bishop Finn—were criminally punished.
In Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Gallup, Seattle, Fairbanks, Boston, Toledo, Wilmington DE, and elsewhere, these crimes have continued for decades, but have never been punished because statutes of limitations have passed or church officials kept evidence hidden. The children who were injured came from many faiths and all income levels. They all had one thing in common: they were vulnerable.
2) The Church uses your tax dollars to pay for victims’ care. Victims of child sexual abuse are horribly injured, and many suffer for decades after the abuse. In most cases, the church knows exactly who the predators are, where they worked, whom they encountered, and who the victims are. Or, they can easily find out.
Church officials had a choice: intervene and help victims … or shield and protect priests.
As a result of their decision, victims were sucked into the vortex of shame, silence and pain….
To read the full five reasons, please visit The Worthy Adversary blog!