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Nov. 29th, 2011 (UTC)

Brad @ Burning Man
Oh, dear Crom. (*holding my head*) There is so much blame to go around, I don't even know where to begin.

First, I'd like to establish that there is no evidence that Catholic priests molest children at any higher rate than any other group of men who have private, unsupervised, lengthy access to other people's children. I forget who it was who suggested, early in the scandal, that the church could put a huge dent in the problem by simply making it standard practice that it takes two priests to take the confession of anyone under the age of 18. There is nothing in canon law or the scriptures to prevent this. It would be somewhat expensive and time consuming, but it's the only thing that's going to work.

So, that being said? The real Catholic sex scandal is how long the Church kept believing their own internal therapists who were pronouncing these guys "cured" after they'd been prayed over for a while and how long it kept approving them for transfer to new parishes after they'd been "cured" when, decades ago, their own experts, the guys who started those therapeutic centers, were telling them, "these guys are not cured, our method doesn't work, it is not safe to send these guys back out into the field."

I don't even know if the Catholic church's scandals qualify as sex scandals. They're criminal scandals, organizational scandals, accountability scandals.

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