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Do you see a pattern - Roman Catholic Church, Roman Polanski?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
You know what the pattern is?
That the media avoids reporting or dragging anyone who is married and not celibate through the mud.
Tony Alamo--barely any media networks reported him despite him marrying numerous children and having sex with them as early as 9 years old. He's been put in jail for 6 life sentences for child molestation, rape, abuse and polygamy. But you barely heard a single thing about it. And he was a priest, just not a Catholic priest.
Methodists--They even came out and admitted that they have a larger problem with such things than the Catholic Church. It was on the news for one day by only one station.
Jehovah's Witnesses--The abuse scandals that have been happening here have been going on much longer than anything the Catholic Church has had. And yet...nothing. No dragging through the mud for them even though their rules protect their ministers much better than anything the Catholic Church has. A person abused there must have 2 adult witnesses, the child cannot make an accusation on their own.
Church of Christ--They had the most reports of abuse this past year. And no one reported that...nothing about those ministers being put in jail, having their names released, calling it a crisis and so on.
So yeah, I see a pattern.
But just so you know, Roman Polanski is getting support from celebrities, actors, producers, directors and fans all over the world to just let this be. They say it's been over 25 years and therefore it really shouldn't mean anything even though he drugged a 13 year old girl and raped her. They want the charges dropped even though he *ran* from authorities and they finally caught him.
If he was a Catholic priest...people would be demanding his blood, but because he's a director...people want to just give him a break.
So nice, huh?
- Anonymous5 years ago
Very amusing. However Mr. Polanski's parents were Jewish, although they weren't practicing Jews. I don't think that he's Catholic. Sexual abuse of underaged person is not a monopoly of any particular religion. But don't the clergy of many religions get involved in some of the most spectacular sex scandals? Look at Jim Baker, Jim Jones, Jimmy Swaggart, Ted Haggard. Seems like the clergy of a lot of faiths are, like many politicians, lacking sexual ethics. Power, religion and sex are all related, it seems.
- MistyLv 71 decade ago
Aleria is right.
The only pattern here is the media's blatant disregard for non-Catholic child molesters. In fact the Boston Globe who printed over 989 articles in one year about Catholic priest sex abuse, has not written one peep on Polanski. Why?
While scores of child molesters practice their perversion on the innocent and unsuspecting, the media gives them a free pass, while unfairly defaming the entire Catholic priesthood.
Here are some facts for you:
The U.S. Department of health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families report "Child Maltreatment 2006" states that sexual abuse by Catholic clergy was less than one-half of one percent of all cases.
The report states that the perpetrators relationship to the victim was:
29.1% were Other Relatives
26.2% were Parents
24.4% were Others
6.9% were Unknown or Missing People
6.1% were Unmarried Partners of Parent
4.4% were Friends or Neighbors
1.8% were Child Daycare Providers
0.5% were Other Professionals
0.3% were Foster Parents
0.3% were Residential Facility Staff
0.1% were Legal Guardians
All clergy is a subset of Other Professionals and Catholic clergy is a subset of all clergy. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/%E2%80%A6
Here is the complete document: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/%E2%80%A6
The 2007 Annual Report prepared by the Catholic bishops identifies 15 allegations of childhood sexual abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church from 2000 to 2007. Please note that there were 64,800,000 Catholics in the U.S. in 2005. http://cara.georgetown.edu/bulletin/inde%E2%80%A6
The 2007 Associated Press investigation identifies 2,570 public school teachers who, from 2001 through 2005, had their teaching licenses "taken away, denied, surrendered voluntarily, or restricted" because of sexual misconduct with minors.