According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Belleville Diocese recently paid $1.2 million to settle a former alter boy’s sex abuse case. Another $5 million was paid out in Alton after a judgment against another priest accused of molesting an alter boy. Although the catholic church doesn’t believe in karma, I do. I believe that all the problems that the Catholic church is having with the priests abusing alter boys is simply payback for all of the witch hunts of the past centuries.
And don’t think that the Catholic church are the only ones abusing our children. I’m ure just as much of this activity goes on in the Protestant churches as well. Just take a look at some of the Youth Activities Directors. Some of the kids spend more time with them than they do with their own families.
Psychologically, most Christians are like Michael Jackson. They are still children at heart and children want to play with other children. In their eyes, they don’t believe that they are doing anything wrong. To have the belief system of a five-year-old can easily cause this type of behavior.
I don’t believe that it is being handled correctly though. The church has paid millions of dollars to families of these abused children. This should not be allowed to happen. They should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Why should these priests be allowed to get away with abusing children?
When that happens that they get a slap on the wrist and get sent to a different area. And it shouldn’t only be the priest, but the church as well. Fine them enough and they will put a stop to it on their own, I’m sure.
Child abuse has become the new witch hunt. Just like back in the Middle Ages, priests are being accused of child abuse, sometimes without much evidence, just like people were accused back then of witchcraft. And the result is that their money is being taken away from them just like the land and money was taken away by the Catholic church way back then.
And what about the kids? The damage occurs not so much with the abuse, but rather with the shame that they experience when their story gets splattered all over the front page news. This can cause everlasting psychological damage despite all of the counseling that they may receive.
I have a solution to the problem. Maybe the fathers of these children should be allowed about 5 minutes alone with the priests and they can then explain to them what they did to their son or daughter. That might just reduce the number of cases.
But then if we allowed vigilante justice to prevail, we wouldn’t be any better than the church, now would we?