Update on Catholic Child Abuse Scandals
One of the most highly trafficked older articles on this blog, still visited by thousands of people, is an article written in April of 2010, entitled If You’re Looking for Child Abuse, the Catholic Church is the Last Place to Look.
I must admit some surprise, seeing so much traffic going to an article that is three years old.
So I re-read the article, to do a bit of updating. As a courtesy to those who read it, it should be current.
Not much updating was needed, since the main points of the article remain as true today as they were in 2010:
- Catholic priests are the least offenders of all groups in society.
- Children are more safe with Catholic priests than they are in public schools and in their own homes.
- The media seems to report selectively on Catholic priests, misleading people into thinking that Catholic priests are prone to child abuse, when this is simply untrue.
- The few articles which exonerate the Catholic Church are often removed from the web, as in the case of the NewsMax article I originally quoted in 2010. Whether threats of litigation similar to those used by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) are responsible for removal of these articles is not clear.
- The fact remains that children are actually in more danger of abuse in their own homes than they are with a Catholic priest. Live-in boyfriends of divorced mothers are the highest offending group of child abusers in our society. Teachers, doctors and farmers are also high up on the list.
- Media sensationalizes the the fact that dozens of priest offenders are “loose” in the United States, when it fails to acknowledge that every town in America has hundreds of “loose” sex offenders, and that there are close to a million registered sex offenders in the United States.
- Media fails to acknowledge that sex offenders cannot be vaporized magically, either by the government or by the Church, and they do exist and live among us after their sentences have been completed.
- Media exercizes a terrible double standard, reporting primarily on Catholic priests who have abused children, and failing to report on the other groups. They also assume guilt, failing to acknowledge that any organization believed to have deep pockets will be subject to numerous false accusations.
- For more information, see the original article at If You’re Looking for Child Abuse, the Catholic Church is the Last Place to Look.
My update to If You’re Looking for Child Abuse, the Catholic Church is the Last Place to Look included listing some of the recent supporting material which exonerates priests and exposes the liberal media bias.
One of the biggest contributors to defusing the false narrative is David F. Pierre Jr.:
Dave Pierre is one of the country’s leading observers of the media’s coverage of the Catholic Church abuse narrative. Dave is the author of two critically acclaimed books, ‘Double Standard: Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church’ and ‘Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories.’
Readers have cited Dave’s work as “essential reading,” “a must-read,” and “a great service to the Church.”
Dave has been interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) as well as by other radio outlets and newspapers for his work. He has also contributed to print publications.
Dave is a graduate of Boston College and lives with his wife and family in Massachusetts.