Pedophile Priests & a Pope

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Ten percent of all school children will, at one time, be abused by a pedophile educator. If these numbers are accurate, nearly five million kids, in school today, have been molested by an educator.  And – you want to know why I have nothing but contempt for the educational system in this country.

What has happened within the Catholic Church is horrific.  But, in order to put it into perspective, one needs to understand the majority of children who are victims have been abused by a family member.  The next largest number of abuse victims occurs in public schools. (This is what happened to me).  I heard the other day that in a school district in Chicago there were approximately 240 victims of pedophile adults – one school district.  I can find no link, but the numbers hold true.  Pedophiles in the clergy don’t destroy near the number of lives educators do, but the fact that educators are probably the most prevalent predators is a dirty little secret.

“…The long-awaited state grand jury report into sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including Pittsburgh and Greensburg, has finally been released. The 884-page document, two years in the making, shines a light into the dark corners of these dioceses going back seven decades, exposing the predators and the efforts of their bishops to protect them….The report cites 301 priests, clergy and lay teachers with credible allegations against them. There are 99 in the Diocese of Pittsburgh alone. Of those 99, a group of four groomed and violently sexually assaulted young boys, said Shapiro….”

The Chilean government has asked the Vatican for more information on pedophile members of the clergy.  Where does it end? Just when you think the Vatican would understand what is going on, and have a grip on the situation with pedophiles within its ranks.  If so, are we looking at a massive cover-up?

What does Pope Francis know and when did he know it?  When he was chosen, the world had so much hope for this man. Yet, he continues to allow the status quo.  Why could he not have stepped up to the plate and ended it all?  Does he comprehend what is happening to children within the Church or does he not care.  It seems to me he is so busy being socially and politically aware that he doesn’t give a damn about the lives of innocent children, unless they are refugees.

I also know, from personal experience, the only way to recover from having been nearly destroyed by a pedophile is to forgive.  I know, it sounds impossible, but in forgiveness is freedom from hate.  Hate fuels trauma.  The moment I began to forgive the man who molested me, I began to recover.  It helps that he is dead.  I will also admit that Wednesday morning I woke for a horrible nightmare about him.  It is the first I’ve had in many years.

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