A never-ending epidemic with seemingly no end in sight.
Courtesy of NYT:
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York on Friday identified 115 priests and five deacons who have been accused of sexually abusing a child in what is one of the largest disclosures that has been made by the church.
The list of clergy members joins a flood of names that have poured from dioceses and religious orders across the country in recent months as the church grapples with a scandal over its handling of abuse. Victims’ advocates had noted a conspicuous absence as the New York archdiocese, a center of gravity in the American church, held off while dozens of other bishops published the names of accused priests.
The disclosures have aided in illuminating the scope of an epidemic of sex abuse in the Catholic Church that has spurred investigations by law enforcement officials and inflamed a crisis of confidence among many of its followers.
The lists have been a major part of a broader campaign by bishops to apologize for the church’s failures as they seek to placate Catholics outraged by the scandal and brace for the findings of law enforcement investigations. The attorneys general in New York and New Jersey are among those who have initiated inquiries into clergy sex abuse.
Apologize, you can’t apologize for something like this.
It has been going on for decades and the church has actively covered up the crimes, spirited the abusers to far away places where they would be safe from accountability, and created an environment that seems designed to nurture and protect child molesters.
At this point, it seems systemic and likely will not end so long as the Catholic Church remains intact.
If this were any other institution the doors would have been shuttered long ago.