Not true! The SBC refused to publish a database of offendors. Many Protestant churches quietly dismissed them. Lutherans, Anglicans and others moved them. It is customary for some protestant churches as well as the Catholic church to rotate priests to give the flock varying positions. So it is disingenous to suggest that they were moved simply because they were a problem. It is however problematic that a Bishop would not inform another another of a credible accusation or even that had received treatment and were approved by a psychologist to re-enter. This would not be different than if they had been prosecuted in a secualr environent and received treatment not a 3 or 6 month sentence and returned to society and do it again. Clearly nobody knew and still doesnt how to deal with them completely. Everyone is learning from hindisight.<quoted text>
Of course going after the Catholic hierarchy for pedophilia cover-ups is a sort of a witch hunt for the media and for some of the people on this forum ... but there IS one huge difference between the cover-ups concerning the pedophiles.
The Catholic hierarchy moved the priests from one parish to another, being fully aware that the priests WERE pedophiles.
In other religious organizations, such as the Protestants ... being that they would be caught in the church that they ran on their own, if word got out that they molested, no other church would hire them.
Because the Catholic hierarchy had such power in the world for all too long, they were a law unto their selves. What seemed to work for so long to their "benefit" is now working against them.
It clearly is an approved teaching nor was it endorsed. Unfortunately the secular community entertained the idea that it was not harmful to children. Kenzie whose research was found be disingenous and groups who lobbied hard to abolish any age of consent laws gained inways in societies not just in the US. That is a fact. The Catholic league fired off a long list of them to Shinate Oconnor when she sarcastically asked for these people. Pope Benedict brought it up and said this evil had influenced some members of the church and it must be eliminated. For this he was decried as making excuses. He was not he was reflecting and pointing out the failings of not strongly condemning or taking enough action to remove it or in some cases seeing it for it for what it is. In other words he was humbly ackowledging a failure. This was not the pervasive view, but in Europe in particular these views were more prevalent.
It is also not true that Protestants have not kept people who were found to have covered up, nor were they prosecuted when they were not themselves the abusers. This has been the Norm for both religious and secular organizations. New laws now hold adminstrators more accountable. This however to my knowledge is not the Norm in other Countries. Human traffickers have no problem selling children to the highest pedophile bidder.
The problem with the media is the lop sided coverage and some polls that have been taken that indicate that the general public perceives it as a Catholic issue where it is far worse for reasons like because priests are not married. blah blah blah. With that logic St Paul must have been pedophile.