nearly every time a story like this comes to our attention it is followed by the revelation that the church wants to hide the issue by shuffling off the priest to some where else .the only real way i know of to stop making the same mistake over and over again is to actually admit to oneself and others that you have made a mistake , and this is something the church seems unable to do .
up until the present moment in time the actions of the church can only lead me to believe that they are a group of people that do harbor and protect child abusers
That is exactly why I have an issue with organized religion.
Normally, this would be a situation where I would blame the individual, rather than the organization. Same goes for most of the scandals that have made the news in recent years. But there always seems to be a cover up, and then a cover up of the cover up... and so on.
I'm not anti religion, by any means, but I will always have an issue with any group that protects the guilty. Especially if the guilty party is in a position of trust, like a priest, teacher, coach, doctor etc.
The Catholic Church needs to start policing it's membership, and exposing the predators that have infiltrated their ranks. I'm sure 99% of their priests are wonderful people, but the 1 % that aren't, and the higher-ups that protect them are destroying the credibility of the entire organization.
Stories like this are the biggest problem. People who do the right thing, and try to expose the truth are slandered and fired. They would rather victimize a devoted, honest Catholic than risk having a real predator in their ranks exposed.
The truth is out there Catholics... Deal with it.
Also, Catholics aren't the only ones with these issues. Every major religious group has had some sort of scandal that they have tried to hide. I'm not picking on one group, but the Catholics do seem to be the ones who are constantly in the news for similar scandals.