Matt Z wrote:
I also think the "strong association" between Catholic clergy and pedophilia is greatly exagerated, partly because of the intense media attention (the media loves scandals) and partly because most people (including Catholics) greatly underestimate the actual number of priests in the US.
Coming from an institution that is supposed to give one peace, guidance and enlightenment, ONE SINGLE CASE of molestation is too much. People are supposed to trust the church, look to it for advice, strength in times of weakness and strife. The church is supposed to be a haven, a temple, a place where I can be free, where I can be me. A place of inspiration and love. One rotten apple, in a place where sin is to be washed away, spoils the entire orchard.
If you knew what it feels like to be raped, you would understand why this is one of the most monstrous crimes ever committed by one human against another. It is a lifetime of pain, loneliness, and black, and a man you looked to as a messenger of GOD did it to you. One single case of molestation, all it takes is one.
The fact the church covered this situation up, one can draw their own conclusions.