Only a small fraction of those sexually abused are believed to report the crime.

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Continuing revelations about widespread sexual abuse and cover-ups by Catholic clergy. Read more:

I am bringing some excerpts of an article I read today.

From this article I got the impression that a Catholic priest who does not abuse children is rather an exception. It says there, "continuing revelations about widespread sexual abuse and cover-ups by its clergy," and it also says, "only a small fraction of those sexually abused are believed to report the crime."

This seems to be a tragic situation. But when one then considers that a country like Australia is not a Catholic country, and what is happening in a country that is a Catholic country, a country where a person who reports a Catholic priest to the police has to fear for his life, then the picture deteriorates dramatically.

May be the increasing spotlight that falls on all the malpractices of religious organizations will reveal the full extent of the crimes that are committed within the Catholic Church.

Here some excerpts from the article I read today:

 

Australian Roman Catholic Church admits child sex abuse

The Catholic Church in the Australian state of Victoria has revealed its clergy were responsible for more than 600 "shameful and shocking" cases of child sexual abuse dating back to the 1930s.

The Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, said the figures were "horrific" - though campaigners said the number of victims could be as high as 10,000.

The church has revealed to a parliamentary inquiry that its complaints department has upheld 618 complaints of abuse in the past sixteen years. The inquiry was announced after it emerged that 40 victims in the state had committed suicide.

Though only 13 of the cases occurred since 1990, the church admitted it was "ashamed" at its slow response to complaints dating back decades.

"We were very slow to take victims seriously, to listen to what they said and what had happened to them, to believe their accounts," said the church’s spokesman, Father Shane Mackinlay.

"Our submission [faces] the truth of those sort of numbers and the horrific extent and the horrific consequences for each of the victims represented by the numbers... Where there was absolutely dramatic and appalling rates of abuse in the 1970s and 1980s, that's dropped off extraordinarily."

However, experts said the number of the church’s victims could number in the thousands because only a small fraction of those sexually abused are believed to report the crime.

"It can take the victims or survivors decades, if ever, to report," said Judy Courtin, who is researching abuse in the Catholic Church. "It's interesting that it has taken the threat of a parliamentary inquiry ... for the Church to finally come up with the stats."

Australia’s Catholic Church has struggled to come to grips with continuing revelations about widespread sexual abuse and cover-ups by its clergy.

 

It also has to be taken into account that the Catholic Church is committing crimes – of which sexual abuse is just one crime - for 2000 years and is very much used to this situation and to the fact that in all those years these crimes had to be taken as matter-of-factness and that no-one dared to challenge them and that only in recent years some people – successfully – have challenged these clerics and that it takes quite some time for these religionists to wake up to this new challenge and to adjust their behaviour. And this means that only now, and only in some non-Catholic countries, they are starting to no longer leave documents lying around in their palaces and start to shred them as soon as possible. So only now, in the last few years, it becomes more difficult to find evidence of committed and reported crimes in their offices, and that is why the numbers of these cases seem to decrease.

The number I have read about the ratio of cases being reported to cases not being reported is 1 in 60.

So when the Catholic Church speaks of more than 600 cases in Victoria, then these cases are the ones the church could not deny, but the number of complaints were probably a multiple of this, may be 10 times higher. So when one multiplies >600 with 10 and then with 60 then one comes to more than 360,000 cases. And when one then takes the number of Catholic priest in Victoria then there are probably none left who are not criminals.

 

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