Breaking News Bar
posted: 3/22/2013 5:00 AM

Abuse by clergy is now rare

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 

The Catholic Church in the United States has taken extensive measures to prevent child abuse, and they are highly effective and require zero tolerance. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, "The church is likely the country's safest environment for young people today ... There were six credible cases of abuse reported in 2009 which is remarkably low in a community of 68 million members." By way of comparison, the New York Post reported, "At least one child is sexually abused by a school employee every day in a New York City school." Virtually all cases of abuse connected to the church that are in the news involve cases that are 30, 40, 50 years old.

Sexual abuse of minors is a serious problem. A 2002 Department of Education report estimated that 6 percent to 10 percent of public school students would be victims of abuse before graduation. According to a John Jay College of Criminal Justice study in 2004. over the past half century 4 percent of U.S. clergy victimized minors. While even one case of abuse is tragic, this is lower than the abuse by school teachers at 5 percent, and a much greater percentage of abuse takes place within families.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

The vast majority of teachers, coaches and clergy are honorable people trying to do valuable service and should be treated that way. The book "The Seven Big Myths About the Catholic Church" says cases of clergy sexual abuse were relatively rare in the 1950s and again became rare in the 1980s and '90s. The 1960s and '70s were a time of widespread rejection of traditional sexual ethics fostered by the libertine spirit of the time. Currently, rare clerical misconduct has been turned into an unjustifiable outbreak of religious bigotry against the Catholic Church.

Stanley W. Stec

Arlington Heights

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here