Failures of the Catholic Church: The Girls

The issue of priest misconduct (rape, molestation, sexual abuse of minors) in the Catholic Church is one that reviles us, as it should. Figures who supposedly represent authority, wisdom, and virtue are committing some of the most vile acts humans are capable of. Think about what you’d do if your kid was a victim.

That said, the issue as I’ve heard it in my brief foray into mature thinking being-hood (it’s a word now) has revolved around priest misconduct with boys. This got me thinking in recent months. Something sounded a bit off about this. Why is it that we don’t hear as much about girls? The discussion on news channels, in journal articles, in jokes on late night comedy hours; they always reference boys. Seemingly, this rhetoric needs to change, and instead of talking about boys, we need to talk about girls too, and universally framed, about children.

The reason many people come out about their own terrible experiences with priest misconduct is that others are doing so too. As more and more people speak out, a movement grows, and there is a sense of support in the existence of that movement. It’s hard to speak out if you feel like you’re alone and alienated. But since this issue is somewhat skewed towards discussing one gender over the other, it seems that snowball effect has not been as pronounced with girls, and thus they are more hesitant to reveal their stories and start a sort of healing process.

That snowball effect is picking up. Lots of people are asking the same questions. They’re saying similar things as I am, but better than I am.

Andrew Sullivan has had a whole month of stories about this topic, and again, he’s better at this stuff (Boom boom boom boom boom).

We need to change the sound of this story.

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