Monday, December 18, 2023

I Was Never Abused in THIS Way by Priests

But I have heard about it. Brother Rachid underestimates his case here:

What about priests who molest children?
Brother Rachid in English | 13 July 2022

"The number of priests in the world is about half a million."
"About 4000 priests were involved in this scandal, over a period of 50 years, in all countries."

First of all, the comparison is lopsided, since one should compare the number of priests all over the 50 years.

Second, the math gives 0.008 = 0.8 %.

"It was between 1 and 5 percent of them."

Er, less. Between 1 and 5 (%) is more than one (%).
0.8 % is less than 1 %.

3:21 Do we blame the more than 99 for what the less than 1 did?

[correcting his 95 to 5 comparison]

4:27 "the difference is that some hold the perpetrators accountable"

In Catholicism, Confession holds consenting victims accountable. That's why perpetrators have been so much exposed. A victim accusing herself or himself of extra-marital or even unnatural sex and looking for a confessor who won't push him back into it, is obviously likelier to blurt things out than a victim who is told (and can theologically get away with) "just forget about it" ...

Whether the consent in such a case is real or not is not the issue. The need to confess is.

Any shrink or Muslim or Protestant or Jew who thinks I need to quit Catholicism to heal from this kind of abuse, is abusing me in another way. So are the Catholic priests who prefer listening to them over listening to me. Whether their pastoral decisions are inside our outside confession.

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