I dont get the the pov of this thread yet.
Calamity Dal posted links of a U.N. report that lambasts the Catholic Church. In part it says:
"In a devastating report, the U.N. committee also severely criticized the Holy See for its attitudes toward homosexuality, contraception and abortion...
The report read: "The committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by, and the impunity of, the perpetrators."
Obviously the UN report disagrees the Church should be able to establish it's own code of morality, i.e. practice religious freedom.
It also revisits the child abuse problems within the Church, and demands the Church do a number of things which would totally be against their interest.
Let me say right off - there is nothing that can defend child abuse - NOTHING!
To suggest that the Catholic Church turns a blind eye to pedophilia within it's ranks is widespread, and that is mostly based with the way it has handled it's pedophiles in the past, and refuses to be told how to handle them in the ever present.
It's my POV that Church practices do not make for an ideal environment to protect children - vows of chastity; secretive confessions; extraordinary high demand for trust; large private elementary educational system, to name just a few. I wouldn't go so far to say they foster an unhealthy environment, but it certainly can invite trouble.
Still, this is ever more complicated with this scandal breaking wide open years ago when "suppressed memories" arose to become a gold mine for trial lawyers. Advertising to any victims a possible high monetary settlement, had "victims" coming out of the walls. That a most unusual amount of male victims (which received, by far, the most lucrative settlements), than female victims is curious to say the least. I was taught by nuns for twelve years, and the sexual preference of a few was quite obvious, and decisively female - and the lack of accusations from that side of the fence I also find most curious.
Without a doubt, from day two, the most vile of crimes were perpetrated by priests upon children. The way the Church handled these scumbags was, and still is, never enough to please everybody - me included
! It's just not going to happen. I believe the Church has, in recent years, made great strides in curtailing and preventing abuse - and will continue to do much more to protect our children, for there is IMO much more that can be done.
Hey Calamity Dal, get another bowl of popcorn and get into this: -
Large institutions just can't handle sexual crime, and nobody can make them.