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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

Paedophile Priests and Child Abuse in Christian Institutions

My last week's research and writing has shocked and disgusted me, but here is the conclusion from new page (a re-write of a 1998 page):

"Child Abuse by Christian Priests: Horror, Paedophilia and the Clergy" by Vexen Crabtree (2009):

"Child abuse and paedophilia has been a particular problem for Christian institutions. It seems that the Church's teachings on sexuality, and the general restrictions of the strict teachings of Christian churches, lead to a development of sexual dysfunction amongst its priests. Christian Churches, the biggest example being the Catholic Church, have fought to conceal paedophile priests and move them from place to place when allegations arise. They have tried to deal with paedophilia by sending priests on sick leave or to rehabilitation centres ran by other Christians, but, it appears that Christian hierarchies are the last places you should trust when it comes to dealing with sexual abnormality. The scale of the scandals has led to various Churches declaring themselves bankrupt as they attempt to pay some of the court costs and settlement fees demanded of them. No other industry - even those closely associated with children such as boarding schools - has a rate of abuse anywhere near the rate found amongst Christian clergy. Counting is difficult, but, around 3% of all priests appear to be prone to recurring sexual indecency with children."

There are many example stories within this page, and I have had to gloss over a seemingly endless stream of horrific cases. I will add more country-by-country profiles when I have the stomach for it, but for now I want to put this topic behind me!

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Re: Pedophile priests and nuns as well as other denominations

No, I did not say to dispense with the justice system! God gave us our justice system. I'm for putting away pedophiles, rapists, robbers, murderers, theives, etc. in jail or give them the death penalty for murder. I'm VERY okay with that. However, while in jail or on death row, one can be truly saved by the Lord Jesus Christ and forgiven of our SINs, but not the just due penalty for our crime. Jesus/God does not EXCUSE your crimes, but does FORGIVE us of them. However, once indwelled by the Holy Spirit that Jesus imparts to you at the moment of salvation, you REALIZE how wretched of a sinner you are and the need of repentance before a Holy God. That makes you thankful for His forgiveness. Then you realize that you truly are a sinner and CANNOT judge anyone else because you are NO BETTER than they are. That's what Jesus reveals to you at Salvation. You are then VERY THANKFUL that He saved your wretched soul from hell. Therefore, you then love Him and have a desire to please Him and not your evil and corrupt fleshy, sinful ways. You desire to have an intimate and personal relationship with Him and Him with you. You then can't help but desire to please Him. You then hate the sin and NOT THE SINNER, for you were a sinner saved only by the Grace of God and therefore cannot condemn or judge another sinful man/woman, ONLY Jesus can, as He had no sin in Him. When I talk about judgement, it is the FINAL JUDGEMENT at the end of your life. Can you go before a HOLY GOD, who is sinless and perfect and say, gee, I wasn't all that bad, please let me in heaven? Well, if God were to do that, that would violate His holiness. There is a standard, that is holy perfection, and no one on this earth can meet that standard, not you or anyone who has ever lived, living now or in the future. NO ONE IS WITHOUT SIN. Hence, thank God, the need for a savior, that is Jesus Christ who took our penalty, the wrath of God, and put it on Himself for YOU. That is TRUE LOVE. I thank God for it! Back to you, a sinner, judging another "sinner" ... sorry, can't do it, as only the perfect and sinless, Lamb of God, Son of God, Jesus Christ can do that. I pray you seek Him today and admit you ARE a sinner in need of His forgiveness, as we ALL do. Praise the Lord!

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