Sunday, February 29, 2004

U.S.: Priests violatinh ordination vows

One report compiled by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice found there have been 10,667 abuse claims from 1950 to 2002. More than 80 percent of the alleged victims were male and over half said they were between ages 11 and 14 when they were assaulted.

About 4 percent of all American clerics who served during the years studied - 4,392 of the 109,694 priests and others under vows to the church - were accused of abuse, according to the report, which was based on information provided by most of the 195 American dioceses.

Many victims claim the church underreported the real number of priests accused of sexual abuse. Only 2 percent of abusers were sent to prison for what they had done, according to the church's report.

If homosexuals and pedophiles cannot be trusted in the ministry of the Church, to which they've taken vows, for goodness sake, how in heaven's name do organizations like the United Way and others, including many city governments, expect parents to entrust their children to them as scout troop leaders? How? If they've created this much hurt and harm, pain and anger in the Church, why should they be free to achieve the same in the Boy Scouts?

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