14 July 2008

Black-collar crime

The Pope's in town and says he'll apologise for all the pedophile priests. Sorry about all the kiddy-fiddling! Happy World Youth Day, everyone!

Broken Rites is a group that helps victims of church-related sex abuse to obtain justice. Since 1993 they’ve documented thousands of cases, in particular involving the Catholic Church. Here is their list of the 107 Catholic priests and religious brothers who have been sentenced in Australian courts in recent years. The group says it’s the tip of the iceberg.

Of course, it's an international problem. The New York Archdiocese produced a comic book, "Being Friends, Being Safe, Being Catholic". On this page, an angel warns a child putting on an altar boy's cassock not to be alone with an adult while a sinister-looking priest waves from the doorway.

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