Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Holy Bile - Catholic Rapists

Not entirely news to those in the know, but this latest report of systematic rapes, beatings and other abuse in Catholic institutions is pretty damning.

Sexual abuse was "endemic" in State-run institutions for boys and children lived in "daily terror" of being beaten over more than five decades, the long-awaited Commission into Child Abuse report has found.

The report, that runs to thousands of pages, outlined a harrowing account of the emotional, physical and sexual abuse inflicted on young people who attended schools and institutions from 1940 onwards.

It found that corporal punishment was "pervasive, severe, arbitrary and unpredictable" in the institutions where "children lived with the daily terror of not knowing where the next beating was coming from."

The report said that the level of emotional abuse of disadvantaged, neglected and abandoned children by religious and lay staff was "disturbing" and that the Catholic Church was aware long-term sex offenders were repeatedly abusing children.

Link 1. Link 2. (There are too many other links to list here, but there is the Google.)

It is fair to say that not all Catholics are kiddie rapers, and not all kiddie rapers are Catholic, but to the degree that this has gone on in Catholic institutions, and to the small degree the church has responded appropriately speaks volumes about the church, and Christianity in general.

I can't wait to hear what the anti-condom AIDS empowering Pope has to say on this.

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