Monday, July 4, 2016

The international side of covering up Catholic sex abuse

Clergy moved to other countries to avoid sex scandals
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The accompanying chart looks confusing at first glance; let me break it down.

There are 30 lines on the chart. Each one of them represents a case of a priest, accused of sex abuse, who was moved from one country to another to avoid a scandal. The chart doesn't attempt to show the hundreds of scandalous priests who have been moved to another job within the same country. (The chart accompanies an article by Cliff Kuang.)

Considering the global nature of these transfers, one has to ask: how could this be a 'local problem'? How can anyone believe that all of these transfers took place without knowledge or involvement at the highest levels of the church? How can a sincere Catholic believe that 'Well, there are a few bad apples in any organization, that doesn't mean my church is bad'?

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