HERE IS,THE DIFFERENCE ...AND ITS,HORRIBLE IN ANY CHURCH OR ELSE WHERE .who="Anthony MN" <quoted text>
Although Catholic priests may be getting the most publicity about allegations of sexual abuse of minors, they are far from the only clergy guilty of such misconduct, according to a professor of history and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University.
"You name me a denomination and I'll give you a case," Philip Jenkins told The Catholic Standard & Times, Philadelphia archdiocesan newspaper. "Some (denominations) with huge problems include Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Buddhists, Jews, Baptists, Pentecostals, Episcopalians -- you name them."
One of the most extreme cases of clergy sex abuse in U.S. history involved a Pentecostal minister named Tony Leyva, who molested several hundred boys in the 1980s, Jenkins said. But few Americans have heard of Leyva, he added, while some molesters who are former Catholic priests have become household names.
The "pedophile priests" phrase "defines the issue and makes it far more limited than it really is," he added. "In fact, most of the clergy who misbehave are not priests.
"My view is there is no evidence that Catholic clergy offend at a higher or lower rate than other clergy or than nonclergy that deal with children," Jenkins said. "There's no evidence either way. If somebody says,'Well, it's obvious, they do,' I say,'Fine, give me the evidence,' and the evidence isn't there."
Patricia Kelly of Kelly Counseling and Consulting in Glen Mills, Pa., agrees that other denominations have at least as high an incidence of sexual misconduct problems as the Catholic Church.
A number of years ago, Kelly said, she participated in a treatment program for clergy with sex abuse problems. "Most of the clergy that were there were not Catholic clergy," she said. "They were Protestant clergy. Most clergy that abuse are ministers, but the (Catholic) Church is sexy. It sells papers."
AT LEAST IN MY GENERATION.
WE WERE TAUGHT ...That once we were raised CATHOLIC we we COUKD not attend ..let alone join any OTHER CHURCH ...ever because we had the GIFT OF THE TRUE FAITH !!!!!
Now,if I was,a,Protestant in a,Church that molested someone I know,I'D leave it and call the cops,..
Catholics,..AT LEAST those who learned as,i did....we're,afraid to leave ...for their soul sake,...
AND THAT'S,THE TRUTH ...AND MAIN REASON Ibwoukd NOT raise my child CATHOLic..
It's,up to her to CHOOSE which CHURCH to worship at.....the main thing I NOW,KNOW,is,belief in Jesus,is,more important .
The real GIFT IS,GRACE through which I have faith given by GOD to all who seek HIM .....not which CHURCH in was,promised into at birth .
No abuse in any venue SHOUKD be tolerated .
I know,the Catholics here take a,rap for this,and they are NOT responsible ..But the idea that ...well other Churches,at e guilty too.....Make a,one case,better than another is,gross
ITS,ALL BAD ...one case,...one child's,Faith taken away ....worst possible sin to hurt a child as,Jesus,said it would be better to have a,millstone around the neck......
And any CHRISTIAN knows,this..CLERGY KNOW,IT FOR SURE ...EVIL ....And the CHURCH HIERARCHY should've protect ed their flocks...period .
They did not .....GOD KEEP FUTURE GENERATIONS SAFER ...