The Catholic Church has paid out more than 3.8 billion to settle claims of sexual abuse by clergy.

By |2018-08-28T13:46:40+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |9 Comments

Damn, that is a lot of money to spend on coverups. 

Courtesy of CNN:

Since the 1980s, the Catholic Church in the United States and its insurance companies have paid out more than $3.8 billion in lawsuits and claims involving allegations of clerical sexual abuse, according to a monitoring group.

BishopAccountability, a non-profit that tracks allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, says the payouts involved cases filed by more than 8,600 survivors who were allegedly sexually abused by an undisclosed number of clergy since the 1950s.

Spokesman Terry McKiernan told CNN the number of associated clergy is difficult to calculate because some settlement announcements omit the number of predator priests.

The monies have not gone solely to survivors, McKiernan said. Attorneys get a cut, too. And not all the money comes out of the coffers of the Catholic Church, because the church maintains insurance policies that cover a portion of the settlement payments.

The largest payout the group is aware of totaled $660 million and was issued in Los Angeles in 2007.

I saw a cable news show fairly recently in which a member of the panel said that the easy fix to all of this was to allow priests to marry. 

That is completely inaccurate. 

It is a lie to suggest that people become pedophiles because they have no other sexual release. 

What actually happens is that pedophiles are drawn to jobs where they are in a position of trust and have easy access to children. 

That is why you will find some of them coaching, working with the Boy Scouts, and even teaching in our public schools.

And just like in the Catholic priesthood the vast majority of the people in those occupations are dedicated professionals who would rather cut off their own arm rather than cause harm to a child, but there is always that slim minority who take those jobs for the very worst reasons. 

The real problem with the Catholic Church is not that these abuses happened in the first place, but that they responded by paying people off and covering the whole thing up for decades. 

This meant that not only were these predators allowed to continue hurting children, but it also sent a message to other pedophiles that the church would cover for their crimes. 

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9 Comments

  1. Anonymous August 28, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Pope Francis can pontificate all he wants to. He’s just ensuring the cycle will be repeated.

  2. HRH August 28, 2018 at 6:54 am

    That’s the official amount. How many billions have been paid under the table to silence victims? We only know about the tip of this horrific iceberg.

  3. a*men August 28, 2018 at 8:21 am

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/ivanka-trump-smiles-with-pastor-who-thinks-marriage-equality-is-satans-work?ref=home

    “According to the AP, Trump told the leaders their support was “incredible” but said he didn’t feel guilty “because I have given you a lot back.””Garlow, whose passionate hatred of LGBT people appears as powerful as his taste for selfies, managed to get his picture taken with President Trump, Melania Trump, Karen and Mike Pence, Jared Kushner, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Kellyanne Conway, Franklin Graham-Ralph Reed-Pastor Jeffress and—most surprising of all, given that past professed support for LGBT people—Ivanka Trump.” ““They want to destroy the very image of God upon the planet. This is a demonic happening in our midst.”
    ‘“The Supreme Court is not supreme, overall. And the Supreme Court has passed laws regarding marriage, regarding abortion, and under no condition do we have to follow laws that violate the word of God.”’
    “Children of gay parents were like children who lost a mom or a dad on 9/11”>WTF?”Ivanka, smiling away at the rank homophobia surrounding her, also had her picture taken with former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who likes to invoke “Sodom and Gomorrah” and “this day of wickedness,” and who has talked about the State Department’s “evil” in pursuing a “gay agenda”—
    “or the fiercely religious, anti-LGBT Pence, it was his idea of the best night out at Studio 54, Bianca on a WHITE HORSE and all.”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/08/28/pence-thinks-god-wants-him-to-be-president-after-trump-scandals.html

    “‘This Is Spiritual Warfare'”

    https://www.christianpost.com/news/white-house-hosts-100-evangelical-leaders-state-like-dinner-this-is-spiritual-warfare-227044/

  4. Mc August 28, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Wilow being Willow, will likely just throw some olives at this whole thing, and then take to Instagram with her purple hair which is what Willow does.

  5. anon August 28, 2018 at 10:00 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/trump-added-brazen-lie-speech-make-christians-feel-like-theyre-siege/

    “spoke with two experts on the separation of church and state, and neither could recall recent court rulings against the use of ‘In God We Trust.”

    Contrary to President Trump’s assertion that the nation’s motto is under attack, Florida recently passed a law requiring ALL public schools to display the religious moTTo.”

  6. Anonymous August 28, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Wow. The child molesters are protecting the child molesters. It seems that the Catholic Church is a devil worship entity. They’ve always been here doing this horrible thing and I don’t think men in robes are going to come into this day and age and fix this thing. People should just keep their children way from this entity. And yes the child molesters know where children are and they go there. It’s sad.

  7. Anonymous August 28, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Correction, abuse victims were awarded those damages but a low percentage was actually paid out. Since the bill went to the particular diosese( chapter in laymans terms) the mother church moved money around so those diosese were broke.

  8. 110AD August 29, 2018 at 7:20 am

    $O Will the pope take a flogging for this?

    More Members, More Guilt, More Abuse

    “The Church has long sought to control sexuality and procreation, of course. Competitive breeding, sanctified by theologies that glorify childbearing, has been part of the Church’s expansion strategy since the origins of Christianity. “Women will be saved through childbearing,” promised Christianity’s most noted early misogynist, the Apostle Paul. “The concept of reaction formation offers one hypothesis about why the Catholic hierarchy is willing to go to such extremes to suppress and control the sexuality of people who aren’t part of that hierarchy, whether through refusing medical services or through propagating harmful myths and stereotypes about sex that affect many of US.>Freud had a lot of ideas about child development and the human subconscious that have turned out to be wrong.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/heres-ethical-priorities-catholic-church-badly-warped/

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