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the misconduct of shameless old frauds masquerading as Christian clergymen makes us want to puke 

SHAME and SHAMELESSNESS

Cardinal Timothy McCarrick (gesturing)

   This study will focus on the long ugly history of sexual misconduct among Christian clergymen, mostly of the Roman Catholic church, but the Catholics certainly have no claim to exclusivity in such shameful conduct. Neither does Christianity in general, have any such claim to exclusivity, as we will see.

   This is a study that is neither amusing nor holding to any sense of fascination. Just the opposite. It's a distasteful, offensive, eyesore of institutional wreckage. Nonetheless, the scandals have become so widespread and vile, that the shocking degree of hideous evil cannot be ignored, and this study, as distasteful as it is, as painfully objectionable the subject matter, is something we all need to have. If just to clear the air. 

   The sex scandals long ago reached the point of making one not only ashamed to be Catholic, but now, as non-Catholics, we almost feel ashamed to call ourselves Christians. We suppose its sort of a 'guilt by association' reflex, a response to a felonious breech of faith by the so-called 'ordained' clergy that we find so unforgiveable. 

   Sexual misconduct is not a new development within the ranks of clergy, given that the criminal conduct of a minority of priests is well documented, going back at least a thousand years. However, there is no doubt that there has been a notable change in recent decades, as to the type of sexual appetites exhibited. Whereby it used to be the young girls entering the vocation of nuns in the Catholic convents, or women they got intimately acquainted with through the sacrament of confession, and these were the typical prey for the priests. Now, they've turned a corner, and its the homosexual depravity that seems much more prevalent. When a priestly authority figure enters a seminary school, the young seminarians are at his mercy. Only to find out, all too often, he has no mercy. What he has instead is unbridled lust, and poor seminarians become his captive quarry. Fish in a barrel. He comes to prey, not to pray.

   We've heard it said by credible sources within the clergy (who will remain unnamed), that the change to homosexual interests has largely been the result of the Vatican II reforms. It is acknowledged that among the reforms was the total acceptance of homosexuals into the ranks of the clergy. The credo emerged, thou shalt not speak ill of our gay brothers. One should not be judgmental, lest ye be judged. They got a foothold back in the 1960s in the aftermath of the Second  Vatican Council. Apparently the word got out among young men in the homosexual community, that the priesthood was a great choice of professions. Firstly, because you never had to explain why you weren't married, and secondly, with the roman collar, you were treated with deferential dignity and respect everywhere you went. The icing on the cake was that unsupervised access to children was freely granted by trusting parents. Vatican II opened the door to the yellow brick road, leading to the massive proliferation of homosexual priests, even moving all the way up the ranks of the coveted red hat class (Cardinals).

his rebellion a step further, he assisted 12 nuns to escape from the convent, smuggling them out in barrels. It was not uncommon that naive young girls were recruited into convents with the idea of living cloistered lives apart from the world as brides of Christ, only to find themselves being used to indulge the sexual pleasures of the priests. A life from which there was no escape. In 1523 he married Katharina von Bora, a former nun who was among those he liberated. 

    We of the ecumenical examiner are non-denominationalists of the simplest sort. A form of Biblical spirituality we recommend to others, while recognizing that it isn't for everyone. We live according to 'The Way' of Gospel teaching, rooted in the Jewish traditions of Torah, prophets, and writings. As such we have no hierarchy of superior authority figures except for Yeshua, the Messiah, aka Jesus the Christ, and God Almighty Himself. We live outside the institutional churches, and are routinely criticized for ignoring the Biblical admonition, not to neglect gathering together in fellowship. We've been gifted instead with the internet, which we can use for a virtual form of fellowship. 

   We resent being even loosely connected by spiritual association, to the detestable monsters that have found safe quarter in the institutional religious establishments of Christendom. All Christians become stigmatized by the conduct of a few demonic transgressors. Grotesque gargoyles that do not bring honor or glory to God, but rather lay shameless iniquity at the feet of the Messiah they have disgraced. Everlasting judgment will be forthcoming soon enough.

the Second Vatican Council, 1963

   In years past, the preferred approach was through the sacrament of confession. In Renaissance cities and towns confession was among the few acceptable occasions for respectable women to meet, unsupervised, with men outside their families, whether their parish priests or the vast army of monks (Franciscans, Augustinians, Dominicans, and others) who served as both preachers and confessors. Erasmus, a scholar and theologian, realized, such confidential encounters made fertile ground for improper relations. When the Reformation erupted, it became fodder for Protestant critics of the Catholic Church. 

   Toward the end of the Middle Ages, a different mode of confession gained ground among the devout, particularly among women. For them, the practice turned into a regular exchange with a priest, who took on the role of confidant and spiritual adviser. Such exchanges often turned to questions of the heart, especially those of a sexual nature.

   A 1622 papal bull illustrates the alarm with which the crisis was being perceived at the Vatican, even way back then. Pope Gregory XV denounced solicitation as an “impious and heinous crime” and a “plague” infecting those whose job it was to heal others. Confessors who fell victim to the “most pernicious traps of the devil” were transformed from “heavenly doctor” into “infernal sorcerer.”

   Is it really becoming so routine, that nobody really cares anymore? In 2005, C. John McCloskey, a prominent member of the religiously conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei, was found responsible for sexual misconduct against women who confessed with him. As part of a financial settlement, The Washington Post has reported, he was ordered “to only give spiritual direction of women in the traditional confessional - meaning separated physically from them.” It was an old solution to an old problem, probably as ill-fated to failure as always, while giving the impression that the church was doing something.


   Ireland - From the late 1980s, allegations of sexual abuse of children associated with Catholic institutions and clerics in several countries started to be the subject of sporadic, isolated reports. In Ireland, beginning in the 1990s, a series of criminal cases and Irish government enquiries established that hundreds of priests had abused thousands of children over decades. Six reports by the former National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church established that six Irish priests had been convicted between 1975 and 2011. This has contributed to the secularizing of Ireland and to a significant decline in the influence of the Catholic Church. This decline of influence led to the 2018 landslide victory repealing the nation's ban on abortions. The referendum overturned the Eighth Amendment, which grants an equal right to life, to the mother and unborn. 


   Belgium - Like several other countries since the mid-1990s, Belgium has been affected by a clerical sex abuse scandal. Priests have been found guilty of sexual conduct with minors. A commission received about 500 reports from alleged victims and cited 320 alleged abusers, of whom 102 were known to have been clergy members from 29 congregations. Thirteen of the alleged victims committed suicide. Never overlook the fact that the suffering of the victims takes a heavy personal toll.


   Australia - Catholic sexual abuse cases in Australia, like Catholic Church sexual abuse cases elsewhere, have involved convictions, trials and ongoing investigations into allegations of sex crimes committed by Catholic priests, members of religious orders and other personnel which have come to light in recent decades, along with the growing awareness of sexual abuse within other religious and secular institutions. 

   In 2007, Ross Murrin, 52, a former Sydney Catholic school teacher and Marist Brother, accused of indecently assaulting eight male 'Year 5' students at a Daceyville school in south-east Sydney in 1974, pleaded guilty to some of the 21 charges.

   In 2016, Fr Roger Flaherty received a sentence of two years and two weeks in prison five months after pleading guilty to molesting three altar boys in the 1970s and 1980s. However, Flaherty's advanced age and poor health allowed him to be eligible for parole six months into his sentence. Former Sydney archbishop Cardinal James Freeman and auxiliary bishop Edward Kelly were accused of shielding Flaherty from prosecution when the acts of sex abuse were committed.

   In 2017, Fr Denis Chrysostom Alexander was arrested in Sydney and faces an extradition to Scotland for sexual and physical abuse he reportedly committed at the former Fort Augustus Abbey in the 1970s. The sex abuse investigation against Alexander also resulted in the Archdiocese of Sydney stripping him of his priestly faculties in Australia by 2013.


   In 2018, the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, was convicted of child sex offences in a highly publicized case, but was acquitted by the High Court of Australia in 2020.

   In April 2019, Fr Anthony Caruana was arrested and charged with sexually abusing five minors, including one male minor, between the years 1982 and 1988 when he was a dormitory manager, rugby coach and band teacher at Chevalier College.

   In November 2020, Theo Overberg, the secretary for the Jesuit Conference Asia-Pacific at the Jesuit Curia in Rome, and Laurence Leonard, who recently served as spiritual director at the Corpus Christi seminary in Melbourne, have each been charged with indecently assaulting three boys during the 1970s at Sydney's Saint Ignatius' College Riverview.


   Italy -  Another current story is of a priest in Italy who has been arrested. Not an ordinary priest, this man who was charged with "aggravated child prostitution", was a Cardinal, and president of the Italian Episcopal Conference. The arrest has embarrassed the Conference of Italian Bishops (CEI) as its pro-gay president, Cdl. Gualtiero Bassetti, is also the cleric's archbishop, a confidant of Pope Francis, and "widely seen as a prelate cut from the same cloth as the present pontiff." He got house arrest.

    The precautionary custody order issued by investigating judge Fabio Pilato also ordered the house arrest of a 50-year-old mother who acted as the priest's pimp and offered her 17-year-old son for virtual sex in exchange for money.

The priest used money from the parishioners' offerings to pay for gay sex with boys, carrying out a "perverse modus operandi" in "total disregard of the principles of ethics and religiosity that should inspire his behavior," Judge Pilato said. 


   Canada - In Ottawa, Ontario historical cases of child-sexual abuse by Catholic priests within the Ottawa archdiocese date back to the 1950s. Newspaper records of documented cases involved at least 11 abuser priests and 41 victims. Among these cases were those of convicted child sex offenders, Dale Crampton, Ken Keely, Jacques Faucher and Barry McGrory; all of whom served as priests in the Ottawa diocese in the 1970s and '80s under Archbishop Joseph-Aurèle Plourde, whose own role in these cases is well documented but was never held to account by the courts.

   As of 2016, the Ottawa archdiocese has paid nearly $600,000 in settlements to abuse victims in seven lawsuits since 2011. Five more lawsuits remain, with claimants seeking a total of $7.4 million. In 2016, Ottawa archbishop Terrence Prendergast acknowledged "the enormity of the evil" in connection to these cases.


   England - Father John Kinsey of Belmont Abbey, Herefordshire was sentenced to five years at Worcester Crown Court in 2005 by Judge Andrew Geddes for a series of serious offences relating to assaults on schoolboys attending Belmont Abbey School in the mid 1980s. Due to falling pupil numbers, the school closed in the early 1990s. An indication that trust among the people is failing.


   New Zealand - On July 13, 2020, New Zealand's 1 News revealed that some of the 1,300 alleged cases of child-abuse by Catholic personnel in the nation of Fiji involved clergy from New Zealand. The transfer of these persons to Fiji is a subject of the New Zealand Royal Commission investigation of child abuse in state and faith-based institutions in New Zealand. 1 News Pacific Correspondent Barbara Dreaver, who was in Fiji just before the national lockdown, spoke with some of the victims of the alleged abuse. Dr Murray Heasley from the Network of Survivors in Faith Based Institutions also stated to 1 News that Fiji was a common place for the New Zealand Catholic Church to transfer accused Catholic clergy.

   The first recorded case was in 1900. Allegations of cruelty toward children residing at the Stoke Industrial School (also known as St Mary's Orphanage) instigated a Royal Commission and the eventual prosecution of two Marist Brothers. Edouard Forrier and Brother Wybertus were charged with five counts of common assault (severe beatings). They were also charged with five counts of indecent assault of which they were acquitted. The alleged incidents occurred between September 5, 1893 and June 1, 1897.

   The sexual abuse scandals that plague the Catholic Church have likewise removed the curtain of secrecy across Southern Baptist churches which have also left a trail of victims decades-long and miles-deep. But new research out of Harvard reveals potential collateral damage of these sacrilegious and criminal breaches of trust. It finds that children who are pulled from church, or religion, in the wake of these scandals might have poorer long-term health outcomes.

   The research, directed by Professor VanderWeele and published out of Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health, suggests that a religious upbringing can profoundly help adolescents navigate the challenges of their early years. In fact, this first-of-its-kind longitudinal study - examining so many outcomes at once and following 5,000 adolescents over a period of eight years - found that a religious upbringing contributes positively to a wide range of health and well-being outcomes later in life.

   This is a significant moment in American religion, as the sex abuse scandals encompass two American faith traditions that lay claim to about 85 million people, or 1 in 4 Americans. And if, as a recent Gallup survey found, more than a third of American Catholics say the scandal has made them question whether they will remain in the church, we must consider this not just an issue of religion, but one with public health implications as well. 

   November 20, 2018 (CatholicCulture.org) - "Ask a dozen Americans to explain the decline in the public influence of the Catholic Church, and at least ten will say that the sex-abuse scandal is the root cause". That standard narrative is handy, but according to some, it's wrong. The sex-abuse scandal has done catastrophic damage to the standing of the Church - that is beyond dispute. But the decline of Catholic influence was already underway before the scandals broke.

   The slump in Mass attendance, the emptying of the seminaries, the closing of parochial schools, the decreasing numbers of Catholic weddings and baptisms: all these trends were established in the 1960s and 1970s, long before the scandal of clerical abuse came to light. The evil behavior was ongoing back then, but hadn't been brought to light. The issue was first publicized in 1985 when a Louisiana priest pleaded guilty to eleven counts of molesting boys. It was again brought to national attention when a number of books on the topic were published in the 1990s, and again in 2002 following a series of publications by The Boston Globe.

   Of course, the pattern of clerical misconduct that was so dramatically exposed in 2002, and burst again onto the headlines 15 years later, had been hidden for years. As subsequent investigations have shown, the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests reached its peak in the late 1960s and 1970s. Perhaps it is no coincidence that abuse was most prevalent at the same time that Catholicism went into retreat.

   While it is horrifying that priests had molested boys and girls, still more appalling - and far more damaging to the Church - have been the revelations that bishops had ignored the warning signs, hidden the evidence of abuse, protected the molesters, ignored their victims, and, in case after sorry case, lied to cover up the problem. And the damage done by those revelations was redoubled in recent years, as it emerged that some bishops, and even cardinals had failed to carry out the provisions of the Dallas Charter, while others had blithely overlooked the immoral conduct of a prominent cardinal. If bishops could betray their flocks, if bishops could lie, then how could the public - how could even faithful Catholics - place their trust in the hierarchy?

   In fact, the ridiculous parade of yet another Catholic clergymen caught in another predatory pedophile sex scandal, has become so common, it's becoming cliché. But don't overlook the tears of their victims, and don't overlook the dark shadow of shame that their conduct casts over the Holy Scriptures, Yeshua the Messiah, and Yahweh, Almighty God.

   What is a person to conclude upon learning of the evil deeds of these so-called 'men of the clothe'. This has become a spectacle that we must discuss openly, bluntly, and forthrightly, even with a sense of squeamish reluctance. The actions of these men has made the entire Christian community an object of mockery and ridicule. Where suspicion and mistrust is sowed, what do you expect to reap? Perhaps the falling away of congregants.

   The framing of the problem in terms of sin and redemption is evident in Pope John Paul II’s earliest responses to the American child abuse scandal that erupted in 2002. Addressing the Catholic priesthood, he referred to the “sins of some of our brothers who have betrayed the grace of Ordination in succumbing even to the most grievous forms of the mysterium iniquitatis [the mystery of evil] at work in the world.” In a subsequent speech to U.S. cardinals, he placed his hope in “the power of Christian conversion” of perpetrators, instead of prioritizing the protection of victims. A reaction that has not played well with the multitudes, inside and outside the church.

sexual scandals have even bled over into financial scandals, and the stories have become legendary. Busted - drug-fueled gay orgies in secret apartments, paid male prostitutes, all being bankrolled with church funds.

    Today this group has thoroughly infiltrated the Vatican, the seminaries, and extending down to the parish priests of diocese after diocese. They are referred to as the homosexual mafia, working their influence behind the scenes. The

   The pope’s words also attested to a clerical mistrust of the “world,” further expressed in the ancient concern about scandal that runs through his, and other 

church officials’ statements. “Grave scandal is caused,” John Paul noted in 2002, “with the result that a dark shadow of suspicion is cast over all the other fine priests.” This admission, even as it confirms old habits, may also be read as a sign that cracks have appeared in an entrenched institutional culture. 

    More strikingly, the sense of fracture jumps off the pages of a notorious open letter of August 22, 2018 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former apostolic nuncio (Vatican ambassador) to the United States. His letter has further drawn attention for its position in today’s Catholic culture wars. In a no-holds-barred condemnation, Viganò exposes presumed networks of gay clergy and church leaders whom he holds largely responsible for causing the abuse, facilitating it, and covering it up.

   On the other hand, his “testimony” breaks new ground by openly confronting the culture of secrecy embedded in the traditions of church administration. Viganò does not hesitate to speak of omertà - a code of silence surrounding criminal activity - by reminding his readers of the term’s mafioso origin.

   This Vatican insider blames a gay subculture among the clergy for the corruption of the Church, noting: “These homosexual networks - act under the concealment of secrecy and lies with the power of octopus tentacles, and strangle innocent victims and priestly vocations, and are strangling the entire Church.”

THE PAST AS PROLOGUE 

   It is obvious that the current crisis displays major differences from what we know about its more distant scandalous predecessor. Specifically, the current crisis centers around the abuse of minors, frequently boys; and the exposed practices go well beyond the confessional. Taking a look back, it was the confessional that provided the space for lustful solicitations.

 Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam - lived during the early years of the 

  the 16th century Reformation, and was known to be critical of abuses within the 

church, and an advocate for reform. He was in fact, the illegitimate son of a priest.

   When Martin Luther, a Catholic priest, nailed his 95 Thesis to the door of the Wittenberg Chapel, he was protesting elements of 

   There is a general perception that the issue has been most prominent in the United States, and then in Australia, Canada and Ireland. An attorney stated, "by the end of the mid 1990s, it was estimated that more than half a billion dollars had been paid in jury awards, settlements, and legal fees." This figure grew to about one billion dollars by 2002. 

THE COST TO THE CHURCH NOW GOES WELL BEYOND THE EMBARASSMENT OF POPE JOHN PAUL II

   The pope's concern for reforming the poor priests that had fallen into the devil's trap, combined with his neglect of the trail of victims they leave in their wake, has led to legal actions, exacting a very heavy economic toll on the church. 

   The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) commissioned the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2002 to conduct a comprehensive study based on surveys completed by the Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States. The product of the study, titled the John Jay Report indicated that some 11,000 allegations had been made against 4,392 priests in the U.S. This number constituted approximately 4% of the priests who had served during the period covered by the survey (1950–2002). Of the abused, 81% were male, and 19% were female, 22% were younger than age 11, 51% were between the ages of 11 and 14, and 27% were between the ages of 15 and 17 years when first abused. Within the youngest age group, 64% of abused children were male, while within the older age groups, 85% were male. 2,411 of the priests had a single allegation made against them, while 149 priests had 10 or more allegations made against them.

   There does not appear to be a single primary cause of the abuse patterns within the Catholic clergy; however, the John Jay report suggests that many of the abusing priests were inclined to be abusers, because they themselves had experienced childhood sexual abuse first hand.

    The Church was widely criticized when it was discovered that some bishops knew about the crimes committed, but reassigned the accused instead of seeking to have them permanently removed from the priesthood. In defense of this practice, some have pointed out that public school administrators acted in a similar manner when dealing with teachers accused of sexual misconduct, as did the Boy Scouts of America. But isn't the church supposed to be different? Isn't the church supposed to have a superior moral grounding?

   Sexual abuse has been institutionalized, and tolerated by the church hierarchy for decades. Some claim that in these actions the church acted as a criminal syndicate, and many believe that the Catholic church is guilty of a grave moral failure for allowing massive sexual abuse of children.

   The largest concentrations of sex abuse cases have been perceived to be in the United States, and some of these cases have resulted in multimillion-dollar settlements with many claimants. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas paid $30.9 million in 1998 to twelve victims of one priest. In July 2003 the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville paid $25.7 million to "settle child sexual-abuse allegations made in 240 lawsuits naming 34 priests and other church workers." In 2003 the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston also settled a large case for $85 million with 552 alleged victims.

   In 2004, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange settled nearly 90 cases for $100 million. In April 2007 the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon agreed to a $75 million settlement with 177 claimants and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle agreed to a $48 million settlement with more than 160 victims. In July 2007 the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles reached a $660 million agreement with more than 500 alleged victims, in December 2006, the archdiocese had a settlement of 45 lawsuits for $60 million. In September 2007 the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego reached a $198.1 million "agreement with 144 childhood sexual abuse victims."

   In July 2008 the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver agreed "to pay $5.5 million to settle 18 claims of childhood sexual abuse." The Associated Press estimated the total from settlements of sex abuse cases from 1950–2007 to be more than $2 billion. According to the USCCB that figure reached more than $2.6 billion in 2008. Addressing "a flood of abuse claims", five dioceses (Tucson, Arizona; Spokane, Washington; Portland, Oregon, Davenport, Iowa, and San Diego) got bankruptcy protection. Eight Catholic dioceses have declared bankruptcy due to sex abuse cases from 2004 to 2011.

   This is not chump-change, even for the Roman Catholic church. To make up for the financial losses, the church has been forced to sell properties all over the country, usually church buildings with declining numbers of parishioners, who then combine with another parish. 

   On December 3, 2020, New York City priest Fr. George Rutler, the prestigious pastor of the Church of St. Michael in Manhattan gained notoriety for criticizing a high-profile Irish politician, Leo Varadkar's homosexuality. Then Rutler was arrested on charges of groping female security guard Ashley Gonzalez.

   No one in the Vatican thinks the sexual abuse of kids is unique to the States, but they do think that the reporting on it is uniquely American, fueled by anti-Catholicism and shyster lawyers hustling to tap into the deep pockets of the church. And that thinking is tied to the larger perception about American culture, which is that there is a hysteria when it comes to anything sexual, and a misunderstanding of the Catholic Church. What that means is that Vatican officials are slower to make the kinds of public statements that most American Catholics want, and when they do make them, they are tentative and halfhearted. It's not that they don't feel bad for the victims, but they think the clamor for them to apologize is fed by other factors that they are inclined to resist. In addition, a Vatican spokesman asserted that the Vatican viewed American cultural attitudes toward sexuality as being somewhat hysterical, as well as exhibiting a lack of understanding of the Catholic Church. A product of Protestant anti-Catholicism.

   The Catholic sexual abuse cases in Canada are well documented dating back to the 1960s. The preponderance of criminal cases with Canadian Catholic dioceses named as defendants that have surfaced since the 1980s strongly indicate that these cases were far more widespread than previously believed. While recent media reports have centered on Newfoundland dioceses, there have been reported cases - tested in court with criminal convictions - in almost all Canadian provinces. The point being that it shouldn't take media investigators, or secular authorities to bring these atrocities to light. The church should have internal trip-wires to freeze these wretched felons in their tracks. 

Amen. Hallelujah.

    Roman Catholic requirements of priestly celibacy however, cannot account for all the misdeeds found throughout, not only Christendom, but beyond. Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, all have their miscreants, but nowhere close to the scale of Catholicism. Power, it seems, does indeed corrupt. Men who achieve positions of superiority and power over others, often find themselves surrendering to the seductive trap of taking advantage of a subordinate. This is just as true in the secular world as the religious. The psychology of "pedophilia and other paraphilia are viewed as mental illness that is abnormal, distasteful, weird, kinky and totally unacceptable by most people" (Psychology Today, 2014). Lives get ruined. 

    Yet, there is something about the Roman Catholic institutional culture that allows these atrocities to persist. In the Eastern Orthodox churches, the priests are allowed to marry. Marriage is also allowed in all of the Protestant denominations, where abuses also exist, but not nearly on the same scale as Roman Catholicism.

Catholic theology and practice, and he knew very well what was at stake. It was a dangerous act of rebellion. That was 500 years ago. He was also aware that the priests were abusing the girls at a nearby convent. One day, taking 

   Sexual assault, by definition, is the act of an individual touching another individual sexually and/or committing sexual activities forcefully and/or without the other person's consent. The phrase, 'Catholic sexual abuse cases', refers to acts of sexual abuse, typically child sexual abuse, by members of authority in the Catholic church, including, but not limited to priests. Such cases have been occurring sporadically since the 11th century in Catholic churches around the world. These issues get uglier and uglier, the more light that gets shined on them. Sadly, these men are like cockroaches. When you see one, you know there's a hundred more that you don't see. Perhaps we should take a little textual stroll around the world, taking in a quick, and very small, sampling of cases outside the U.S.

Cardinal George Pell

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Paraphilia (previously known as sexual perversion and sexual deviation) is the experience of intense sexual arousal to atypical objects, situations, fantasies, behaviors, or individuals. There is no scientific consensus for any precise border between unusual sexual interests and paraphilic ones.