Boy buggering bankrupts US Catholic Church

With seemingly endless lawsuits over historic sexual abuse cases covered up by the Catholic church, their finances are being stretched:

the finances of the Catholic church in America are an unholy mess. The sins involved in its book-keeping are not as vivid or grotesque as those on display in the various sexual-abuse cases that have cost the American church more than $3 billion so far; but the financial mismanagement and questionable business practices would have seen widespread resignations at the top of any other public institution.

The sexual-abuse scandals of the past 20 years have brought shame to the church around the world. In America they have also brought financial strains. By studying court documents in bankruptcy cases, examining public records, requesting documents from local, state and federal governments, as well as talking to priests and bishops confidentially, The Economist has sought to quantify the damage.

The picture is not rosy for the bead chuckers:

The picture that emerges is not flattering. The church’s finances look poorly co-ordinated considering (or perhaps because of) their complexity. The management of money is often sloppy. And some parts of the church have indulged in ungainly financial contortions in some cases—it is alleged—both to divert funds away from uses intended by donors and to frustrate creditors with legitimate claims, including its own nuns and priests. The dioceses that have filed for bankruptcy may not be typical of the church as a whole. But given the overall lack of openness there is no way of knowing to what extent they are outliers.

Thousands of claims for damages following sexual-abuse cases, which typically cost the church over $1m per victim, according to lawyers involved, have led to a liquidity crisis. This seems to have encouraged a pre-existing trend towards replacing dollars from the faithful with publicly raised debt as a way of financing church business. The church is also increasingly keen to defend its access to public health-care subsidies while claiming a right not to provide certain medical services to which it objects, such as contraception. This increased reliance on taxpayers has not been matched by increased openness and accountability. The church, like other religious groups in America, is not subject to the same disclosure requirements as other non-profits or private entities.

If they didn’t cover up the boy buggering and abuse for so long and instead confronted their pederast priests they wouldn’t be in this situation.

  • Lion_ess

    If, as Colin Craig asserts, people choose to be gay, then by association people must also choose to be pedophiles. Do pedophiles choose to be priests, or do priests choose to be pedophiles. One could reason there must be a certain amount of cover in being a pedophile priest, otherwise why don’t they choose to be cops?

    • Jimmie

      More than likely the majority start out well intentioned. However once they take their celibacy vows and have to treat women as persona non grata then what to do with their sex drive?

      Throw into the mix a bunch of young catholic women coming to confessional telling the priest that they had done some naughty things lately and give the priest all the lurid details then is it no surprise that a fair number of them turn to pedophila as a way of releasing their sexual frustration.

      Also because all priests are single it is not so easy to spot the kiddie fidlers from the normal priests.

      All the pope has to do is change 3 teachings of the church that would make a huge change in the number of deviant priests:

      1 Make it compulsory that all priests are married (provides a sexual outlet and hopefully excludes deviant freaks who would find it difficult to find a woman to marry them) And gives them a sense of normality in bringing up a family.

      2 Tell Catholics to confess their sins directly to God – saves a lot of weird crap being aired to human priests who have trouble dealing with it.

      3 Allow all nuns and monks to marry if they choose – I mean whats up with celibacy vows???

      Won’t happen but would change a lot of things for the better.

  • Redbaiter

    How come you never do any posts attacking the cover ups that occur within the secular public school system, where sexual predators are often supported by fellow teachers and permitted to keep working as teachers until retirement?

    Why do you attack the Catholic church but spare the Progressives and their places of indoctrination (our public schools) any criticism?

    • Ronnie Chow

      Because the Catholic Priesthood are positioned as the word of God , the ultimate moral authority and rotten to the core . Most school teachers are good people who would go straight to the police if they saw an abuse occur . No priests have .

      • Redbaiter

        “Because the Catholic Priesthood are positioned as the word of God , the ultimate moral authority”

        ..and this is not the self image that Progressives hold of themselves?

        Disagreeing with Progressives today brings one into conflict with a quasi-religious force that could easily have run the Spanish Inquisitions.

        • Ronnie Chow

          ” In 2012 an Australian police report in the Victoria state jurisdiction
          detailed 40 suicide deaths by people who had been abused by
          Catholic
          clergy.”
          Redbaiter , Progressives don’t hold a candle to the despicable , 3 strike level sinners masquerading as guides to the way , the truth and the light . All the Catholic Priesthood holds in reality is a mirror of darkness , in a cloud of evil and subjugated goodwill .

    • Gayguy

      What a surprise, Red is trying to defend the sexual beasts of the catholic church.

    • Rodger T

      Why do keep whining like a little bitch when you see something you don`t like?
      Oh thats right, its a communist conspiracy to fuck your pathetic life.

  • Jimmie

    Oh dear, how sad, never mind……

  • NotLen

    The Catholic church brought in celibacy ( non marriage) so that widows and family could not lay claim to any church assets upon the death of the priest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.murphy.7712 Bob Murphy

    Here you go again Whale, give it a rest. Not all or even a majority of paedophiles are Catholic priests. Forget your Protestant prejudices buddy!

    • Whafe

      Come on Bob, Cam has a right to bring this sort of information to the table…. No am sure not all Catholic Priests are Kiddie Fiddlers, but dang mate, a fair few have been convicted all the while the Catholic Church tries to hide it…

      I mean why is it that if a priest takes vows to be celibate, what on earth makes them want to fiddle with young boys….. Would love to know why this occurs?

      They should get more personal with their blue veined piccolo….

      • Ronnie Chow

        Have a look at this from Wikipedia , Whafe ;
        Dallas Morning News article reported nearly two-thirds of the bishops attending the conference had covered for sexually abusive priests.[109]
        In real life , covering for an abusive family member happens , but otherwise rarely outside of pedophile clusters .
        I believe that covering abuse is aiding and abetting and therefore these Bishops in the above article , as well as all the other guilty ones , SHOULD stand trial for child abuse . What gives these guys an immunity that the general public can never have ? Their vomit inducing piety and righteousness will continue until society brings the hammer down .
        At present , for the Catholic organization as a group , their victims are a nuisance that won’t go away , nothing more .
        Cameron is doing a public service . Pedophiles are the worst cancer in society . They destroy souls for their own satisfaction . And that is pure evil .

        • Whafe

          Truly scary to read that two-thirds have covered wrong doings… Absolutely disgusting… They are nothing but the spawn of the devils anus…..

          • http://nzconservative.blogspot.com Lucia Maria

            Whafe, see my reply above to Ronnie.

        • http://nzconservative.blogspot.com Lucia Maria

          Ronnie,

          That Dallas Morning News article no longer exists. Furthermore, most Dioceses pay out to sex abuse victims without even doing a whole lot of checking that their stories could possibly even be true. Even if the stories are known to be false, it is cheaper to pay out the “victim” than to fight them in court. So, the article the wiki page references most likely presumes that every single payout equates to a real molestation, when that is unlikely to be the case, see Rampant Fraud, Many Abuse Claims Against Catholic Priests are ‘Entirely False’

          You might want to have a look at this: Falsely accused priests – the shocking stories

          • Ronnie Chow

            So , are you saying that there aren’t any victims ? Or that the whole scandal is made up ? I don’t see your point in raising fraud cases to somehow reduce the severity of the proven cases of offending .

          • http://nzconservative.blogspot.com Lucia Maria

            There most definitely are victims. Every single one is one too many. The scandal is not so much made up, but kept alive in the media (and by people like Whale), and the numbers are made out to be far worse than any other organisation or group in society, when in fact, Catholic priests are far less likely to be child molesters any one else. And the way that molesters were dealt with in the the Church were pretty much how molesters in general society were dealt with.

            From the 1950s through the 1970s, the Catholic Church, following the
            then-prevailing societal practice, sent suspected abusers to psychologists rather than calling the police.

            In this respect, the Church was far from alone. When the Church was sending accused priests to psychological treatment, “the criminal justice system was doing the very same thing with convicted offenders – sending them to treatment instead of prison.”

            “From the 1950′s to the 1980′s, these treatment-based interventions for sexual criminals were not only enormously prevalent in the United States, but surveys of ordinary citizens showed that they were enormously popular …

            “[T]he science of human sexuality and sexual offending is extraordinarily young. Virtually
            all of the information we utilize today regarding the treatment and
            supervision of sexual offenders has been discovered since 1985.”

            – Dr. Monica Applewhite, Ph.D.

            Yet in almost every media account, the media has failed to provide this important historical context that the Church was following the then-reigning advice of experts to send accused priests to treatment.

            From : Five Inconvenient Truths About the Media’s Catholic Church Sex Abuse Narrative

          • Rebecca

            @d634aa520e87d2cb0367489f4cbbbdc0:disqus , she’s saying that there is a bizarre fascination with the Catholic Church when it comes to pedophiles. Why? Looking at the history of boy buggering in NZ you will find fewer than one case per year involving Catholic clergy over 35 years during which there are thousands of incidents by others; and you’ll struggle to find any credible claims at all in the past 20 years. Yet still the insistence on targeting one religious denomination whenever somebody says “boy buggerer”. I challenge you to justify that as anything except bigotry. Plus it was religious groups who helped track down one of the Catholic offenders
            responsible for a lot of the claims, but still it’s fun to gast in horror because the dirty papists always try to cover up. Seems to me that the Catholics are one of the last remaining allowed targets for bigots now that is isn’t cool to target fags and boongers any more, so there’s piling on whenever somebody says one of the code phrases. Around here, “boy buggerer” is obviously one of those phrases.

  • http://unsolicitedious.wordpress.com/ Unsolicitedious

    Interesting. I also read recently that the same can be said for the protestants in America. See http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2007/06/18/80877.htm

    I also found this re statistics about both: http://dannimoss.wordpress.com/2008/06/20/protestant-clergy-abuse-equals-or-exceeds-catholic-clergy-abuse/

    Old data but it may still have some relevance.

  • REAPER CREW

    Over time it will be the same for the Maori tribes with tax payer funded grievance settlements – all the rape, child bashing and killing will see them penniless

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