Definition: The widespread sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests, and the scandalous cover-up by the bishops who transferred sex offenders and paid hush money. After media coverage of the scandal exploded in 2002, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops ordered a study to determine the scope of the problem. The study (known as the John Jay Report) determined that from 1950 to 2002 there were about 11,000 allegations made against 4,392 priests in the U.S. Of the 11,000 allegations, 6,700 were substantiated, 3,300 were not investigated because the accused had died, and 1,000 could not be substantiated. One in ten priests ordained in 1970 were credibly charged with pedophilia. 2% of the priests received prison sentences. Billions of dollars have been paid out by the Catholic Church in damages.
Definition: The abhorrent behavior of pedophile priests is one fruit of the unbiblical tradition of a celibate priesthood. Many homosexuals are attracted to the priesthood – or perhaps inevitably become such as a result of the “boys only” hierarchy. Adding to the problem are false teachings such as penance, infallibility, and legalistic perfectionism. Historically, the papacy has been plagued with gross immorality. Given the political status of the Roman Catholic Church, it is no wonder that the bishops would hold themselves above the laws of the United States. They are subject to a higher earthly authority – the Vatican.
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