Thursday, March 30, 2006

Suffer The Children

Catholic Church Gets 783 New Abuse Claims

By RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer 28 minutes ago

The nation's Roman Catholic leaders received 783 new claims of sex abuse by clergy in 2005, with most of the allegations involving cases that are decades old.

The new claims, reported Thursday, bring the total number of accusations against Catholic clergy to more than 12,000 since 1950.


When the Church admits women to the priesthood, expect to see a dramatic drop in reported cases of child abuse. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen anytime soon.

The good news (Gospel?) is, if the Pope continues to take a hard line on abortion, birth control and homosexuality, the seemingly intractable problem of pedophile priests will resolve itself.

Just as cancer cures smoking, the Roman Catholic Church will simply disappear.