Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pope Francis: 1 in 50 priests is a pedophile

Pope Francis is generally naive on economic matters. (That is owing to his background in statist Argentina as much as anything.) 

But while the Pope is no economist, he has been forthright about the problem of child abuse among the Catholic male clergy:

"Pope Francis has revealed that around one in every 50 Catholic priests is a paedophile. 
Condemning the issue as a ‘leprosy’ which infects the Church, the Pontiff was yesterday reported as claiming that even bishops and cardinals are among the ‘2 per cent’ carrying out child abuse. 
He also said that many more in the Church are guilty of covering it up, adding: ‘This state of affairs is intolerable.’

Kudos to the Pope. As I revealed before, I was raised Catholic and still consider myself to be Catholic. I attended Catholic schools from grades 1 through 12, and had no unusual experiences. All the priests I encountered were honorable men.

Nevertheless, the Catholic Church's culture of secrecy contributed to the abuse of numerous children (mostly boys) during the 1970s, 80s, and even 90s. 

This was a horrible betrayal of the children involved and their families. Moreover, it allowed a few bad apples (the 2% that Pope Francis mentions) to tarnish and undermine one of Western Civilization's great institutions. 

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