Yes it’s me…. here’s Mr Cheerful!!
You can read the actual report on-line and here is the executive summary page.
Abuse has been associated with the Catholic church so much that the whole idea has become something of a cliché. That’s a shame because it both lessens the importance of the genuine cases and puffs smoke where there may be no fire. John Paul II had to go as far as to state “there is no place in the priesthood and religious life for those who would harm the young”. Benedict XVI admitted that he is “deeply ashamed” of the clergy sex abuse scandal that devastated the American church. He also made a historic full apology for child sex abuse by priests and clergymen in Australia. In 2007 alone, the Catholic church spent $615 million on sex abuse cases. Now we have this in Ireland.
One of the biggest group of offenders in the Irish cases was the Congregation of Christian Brothers or as the Polish version of Wiki calls them the Kongregacja Braci w Chrystusie. They are called a ‘world-wide community of religious brothers within the Roman Catholic church’, are they here in Poland? I’m certain similar groups ARE here in Poland so…..should we be concerned?
Is this an Irish (and American, oh, and Australian too) thing? Is this a Catholic thing? Is this an organised religion thing? Or do statistics suggest that the Catholic church is just being picked on?
Ireland is a very Catholic country, so is Poland. How do we know this isn’t going on right here, right now? More importantly, who’s checking that it isn’t?