Clergy Sex Abuse – how bad is it?

Just how bad is it?

The Catholic Church in the United States has paid out $1,068,000 – over a billion dollars in sex abuse settlement cases.

Over have a half a million children have been abused by priests across the US, Europe and Australia since the 1950’s.

In the US the percentage of priests charges with credible counts of abuse against children:

55.7% of priests have been accused of 1 count of abuse

26.4% of priest has been accused of 2-3 counts of abuse

17.8% of priests have been accused of 4-9 counts of abuse

3.5% of priests have been accused of 10* counts of abuse

Pope Benedict XVI laicized 400 priests for child abuse.

And this is in the 20th century only.

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Reboot the priesthood, Francis? How about abolish the priesthood?

Church hierarchy needs to be abandoned, it was established by Constantine in the Council of Nicea and modeled after Roman law. Christ railed against Pharisees and Sadducees and the exalted positions they held. Isn’t the priesthood with it’s Bishops, Archbishops and the Pope the same? Hasn’t the church been plagued with clergy abuse scandals since the inception of the church though the ages and still to this day? How long does it take for the church to realize their power structure does not work?

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely ~ Lord Acton

The church or any religion will never willing give up its power, it is too addicting, too enticing, too evil. Obeying the priesthood makes one complicit in the criminal acts of the priesthood. The Popes are guilty, the Archbishops are guilty, the Bishops are guilty, the priests are guilty, the ministers are guilty the pastors are guilty, the parishioners are guilty. All are complicit for supporting them.

The people are guilty.

Fighting back against abuse of power is a requirement of a civilized society. Fighting back against the abuses of religion is a requirement of civilized society. Fighting against discrimination against women and gays in the churches is a requirement because it is against the law in civil society.

How long will we allow churches to hide behind the law that non-religious people are not allowed to violate?

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Who are you spiritually aligning with? Don’t believe the lie of religion

We have choices, there are a multitude of different religious flavors available and I used to think that was a good thing, now I’m not so sure.

All of the Abrahamic religions are ancient religions defining morality, societal norms and spiritual beliefs based on cultures that no longer exist – except perhaps the middle east.

Should our spirituality be defined by mostly extinct white men in dangerously misogynistic societies, where spirituality was based on fear of a god who may actually have been a weather pattern they didn’t understand? The wrath of god was a drought or a flood or a sandstorm that they didn’t understand. Yet 2000 years later women are still legally discriminated against under the guise of 1st amendment “freedom of religion” i.e. freedom of discrimination that is above the law?

These same men walk around looking ridiculous in “vestments” from the middle ages under the same guise of religious tradition. And the same religious traditions are against the law in civil society are some how protected?

We are so indoctrinated by the cults of Christianity, Judaism and Islam that it is imbedded in our DNA. It takes a momentous effort to break free as it does from any cult. These religions have perfected their cult like behavior and have it down to a science. Get them when they are young, create fear, habitualize their behavior through ritual they eventually find comforting, reinforce with community support and presto! You are stuck like a fly to fly paper.

The single most important thing to advance women’s rights and standing in the world is to rid our societies of religion. It shouldn’t be protected under the law, men have used the Bible and the Koran to victimize women for centuries. And it won’t stop until we break free and own our own spirituality.

Am I spiritual? You bet, I broke away from the Catholic Church after being a studied and devout Catholic for more than 20 years of my adult life. 20 wasted years. Now my spirituality is based on the cycles of nature and alignment with it. There is so much to be learned about spirituality from nature, you can get the same sense of the sacred in nature that I used to love and yearn for in a large cathedral. It is beautiful and authentic.

Meditate with trees, follow the wheel of the year and it’s land based celebrations. It is freeing and it is real. And nature does not discriminate.

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