A Catholic from Louisiana has a very convincing statistics about child abuse and sexual abuse which is why I am re-posting it here in OTWOMD. Like many of us, the Man from Hessmer, Louisiana is kinda fed up already on media nit-picking of catholic clergies regarding child molestation and sexual abuse. OTWOMD is no way protecting and insinuating that the Catholic Church is better than other religions, but what we are asking here is open mindedness and fairness from the media which seems to be too hard to ask. That is why as a catholic blogger, we feel the need to even voice out the Church’s sentiment of being singled out on the issue of sexual abuse and child molestation. I have blogged about this previously and somehow a Catholic from Louisiana courageously statistically vindicated my opinion when he gave numbers of the actual child abuse cases. Interestingly enough, the biggest number is not from the Catholic Church but from other Christian denomination, which is why we are always saying that these issues is not exclusive to the Catholic Church but is only blown into proportion by biased media who just want a considerable piece of attention.
The statistic which I am talking about came from a man in Louisiana who wrote an email to a local media outfit, airing out his disappointment on why media kept of focusing on the Catholic church alone. Here is is ht letter captioned: Not just a Catholic problem
I am so tired of the attacks by the media on the Catholic Church. They love to jump on our church and repeat the same message again and again. Are we the only institution that has problems with sexual abuse within its ranks? I would like to see the number of people who work for NBC who have been subjected to sexual abuse by their bosses. I received some very pertinent information about sexual abuse from a Cleveland Jewish businessman that I would like to share.
- About 12 percent of 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner;
- 38 percent acknowledges other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by the United Methodist Church;
- 41.8 percent of clergy women reported unwanted sexual behavior;
- 17 percent of laywomen have been sexually harassed.
- At the same time, 1.7 percent of the Catholic clergy have been found guilty of pedophilia while
- 10 percent of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia.
This type of behavior is not just a Catholic problem. Why doesn’t the media ask for a public apology from heads of other religions for these offenses just as they are doing in the recent attacks against our church?
Why don’t you print the fact that the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at a cost to that church of $10 billion and savings to the American taxpayer of $18 billion?
The graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92 percent. Try beating that number. Our church also has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students. Those are numbers worth repeating.
The vast majority of our priests are very dedicated to their calling – 98.3 percent – and would be priests even in the face of such biased PR the Catholic Church has been receiving. We are proud of our priests and support their efforts. We know that there are rotten apples in every bushel, but we will get rid of them as soon as we spot them and we don’t need a liberal media spreading the news of our rotten apples while pretending that no one else has them.
I still believe that they need to make public statistics about their dirty linens. One can only imagine what those numbers would look like in that cutthroat occupation which thrives on the misery of others.
We are Catholic and proud of it. Leave us alone.
Romuald Matthieson: a.k.a. "bluepanjeet" has been writing in cyber space since 2005. In 2006, he jump-started his Catholic blogging a few years before the Catholic Church utilized social networks and blogs in spreading the Gospel. In 2007, in response to a realization of the growing need for Catholic Bloggers online, he officially launched his own self-hosted Catholic blog and called it "On The Wings Of My Dream" or simply OTWOMD which is a metaphor of his favorite psalm in the Bible, Psalm 63. Since then he has been blogging, (and sometimes podcasting) for the Catholic Church using his enthusiasm in the New Media, his inclination on visual and digital arts, his passion for the written word and his love for the Catholic Church. You can follow Rom's tweets on Twitter @rommatthieson