From atavist@teleport.com (Scribe Ortho-Priapulus MetaQuincunx)

OK, here are some *basic* references, for those who haven't picked up a newspaper, or heard a news broadcast for the last 10 years:

Berry, Jason. Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children. Foreword by Andrew M. Greely. Doubleday, New York, 1992
Father Andrew Greely says that Berry has uncovered "an incredible mass of corruption...the greatest scandal in the history of religion in America and perhaps the most serious crisis Catholicism has faced since the Reformation." Greely also says that his reporting is "accurate and restrained, indeed if anything almost too conservative."

Berry won the 1986 Catholic Press Association Award for his coverage of clerical sex abuse. He documents many things that people have been saying here:

Burkett, Elinor, and Bruni, Frank. A Gospel of Shame: Children, Sexual Abuse, and the Catholic Church. Viking, Penguin Books, NY, NY 1993
Some quotes:

page 38:
"No one knows how many more there may be, since Church officials deny keeping any centralized records. But bishops in dioceses where one or two priest molesters have been sued or prosecuted speak openly about the three, four, or five or six other cases they have handled in private. And they themselves know that they are unaware of the many -- probably the majority -- which are never reported."

page 43:
"Reverend Margaret Graham, [is] an Episcopal priest who also serves as the president of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse. She point out that what has happened among priests and the Catholic Church is not an isolated phenomenon."

page 43:
Out of 100 priests in Newfoundland, 7 priests plus 2 ex-priests were indicted for sexually abusing young boys.

"In province after province, Canadian priests were exposed as molesters in the early 1990's, forcing the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to create yet another special commission."

When Dutch Catholic Television dared air a special on the growing scandal of child sexual abuse by priests in the US, more than 200 victims from Amsterdam to Rotterdam called in with their own stories of molestation by men in collars."

That's 455 victims right there. As you can see, it's not going to be hard for me to reach my "thousands."

Heggen, Carolyn. Sexual Abuse in Christian Homes and Churches. Herald Press, Scottsdale, PA 1993
Shows among other things that while the best predictor of sexual abuse of a child by his/her parent is alcoholism, the second best predictor is *conservative religious belief*.
Lots more to come. This will eventually be part of the alt.religion.secular.atavism FAQ.


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