Washington DC, Jul 13, 2007 (CNA).- The Roman Catholic Church in the United States is starting to move out of crisis mode five years after the sex-abuse scandal broke, according to an Associated Press report.
"I think the crisis mode is over, and I think that's a good thing," Robert Bennett, a Washington lawyer told the AP. Bennett is a former member of the National Review Board, which was formed by the U.S. bishops in 2002 to deal with the scandal.
While dioceses continue to receive and settle claims of sex abuse by priests, there are signs to support the claim that the crisis is fading.
The AP report notes that number of clergy sex abuse claims received by Catholic bishops and religious orders in the U.S. declined in 2006. This is the second consecutive year of decline. Furthermore, the new claims involve mostly decades-old events.
It also notes that donations to diocesan annual appeals fell slightly as the scandal spread, then jumped 13 percent in 2006, including in Boston, where the scandal first broke.
In addition, a survey conducted in October 2005 found 74 percent of Catholics were either "somewhat" or "very" satisfied with U.S. bishops' leadership, up from 57 percent in January 2003....
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So that it may never be forgotten, or taken out of context again, 'The Catholic Knight' points out some facts that the mainstream media refused to point out even though the evidence was right in front of them. First and foremost, all the accused priests and bishops involved in the scandal were a little less than 5% of all American clergy. That's less than 1/2 of 1% worldwide. Assuming that all of those accusations were true, (and many of them have proved false), that means over 95% of Catholic clergy in America are completely innocent of anything to do with this sex-abuse scandal. The same holds true for over 99% of the clergy worldwide. I would also like to point out that to date, not a single bishop has been charged with conspiracy or obstruction of justice. I would also like to point out that of all the reported cases of sexual abuse, the overwhelming vast majority of them involved teenage boys between the ages of 13 and 17, which makes it an overwhelmingly HOMOSEXUAL problem, not a pedophilia problem. The problem took root mainly in the United States, and other Western countries, namely because of Liberal policies allowing (even promoting) the admission of homosexuals to the seminaries. This was a bad policy that should have never been in place. It was practiced in seminaries because of the Liberal mindset that homosexual men can make good priests if they remain celibate. The data from the sexual-abuse scandal in the US Church demonstrates that celibacy is much more difficult for homosexual men than it is for heterosexual men. Since then homosexuals have been banned from the seminaries, and can no longer be ordained to the priesthood.
Finally, a few other little facts of information the mainstream media refuses to cover with any seriousness, even though the evidence is right in front of them. The incidence of sexual-abuse and coverup is slightly higher in Protestant churches (per capita) than in the Roman Catholic Church. In addition to that, the incidence of sexual-abuse and coverup in the Secular institution of public schools is exponentially higher across the board. In fact, the problem is so bad in public schools that a child is up to 100 times more likely to be molested there, than in a Catholic or Protestant Church. But you probably won't hear that on the news tonight, or any night for that matter. However, I would venture to say that if just one more Catholic priest goes on trial for sex abuse, it will be covered by all major networks, and given front page attention in the New York Times. Chalk it up to media anti-Catholicism. It's just a sign of the times folks.
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