Sexual misconduct scandals remind clergy victims of abuse

Associated Press, Dec 23, 2017, Crux

PORTLAND, Oregon - When stories of sexual misconduct by powerful men began to fill the news this fall, Manny Vega immediately flashed back to his childhood.

He saw strong similarities between the recent allegations against producers and politicians and his own abuse as a child by his parish priest.

“The parallels are in the power dynamics,” said Vega, a former police officer and decorated Marine who lives in Oxnard, California. “Whether you’re the leader of a church or the leader of a film studio, you’re going to be someone people look up to and someone people go to for guidance. It puts the victim at a horrible disadvantage.”

While there are key differences, the sexual harassment detailed in today’s headlines shares the same well-worn themes that made it so hard for Vega and hundreds of other clergy abuse victims to come forward  . . . 

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  • John Nesbella
    commented 2018-01-02 15:13:11 -0600
    Funny thing about clerical celibacy- men are forbidden from marriage to a woman and having a family, but the church will cover up for a priest having sex with children and do nothing to remove or punish the offending priests and bishops.
  • Dan Guerriero
    commented 2017-12-30 08:26:51 -0600
    John Nesbella like a nun said when asked will anything change with the findings of abuse, she answered,j"Not Much". she is right. I can only believe the reason it does not change is because its clergy is made up with individuals who have those urges. We need to have a married clergy not perfect but better then what we have. The response to this has been well then you will have divorce. For me, I would rather have a divorced Priest then a molested child.
  • John Nesbella
    commented 2017-12-29 10:44:09 -0600
    I expect ‘sexual misconduct scandals’ from the pagan world which does not believe in God or follow The Ten Commandments.
    I expect some sexual misconduct from weak men who call themselves Christians. I might even expect some sexual misconduct from a few bad apple priests and bishops. I would expect that the other good apples would quickly discipline the culprits and make an example of them so as to clean house and restore confidence in their church. I-like many other survivors- felt the most shock and suffered the most (not so much from the actual abuse itself) from the way that the entire Roman Catholic church-up to its highest leaders-covered up the abuse, lied about it, and then did nothing to punish the sexual molester priests. Did I mention that they felt absolutely no moral obligation to help the survivors? These are not Christians and This is not Christianity! Yet millions of people worship these church leaders as if they were god. It was also the most shock to find that not a single bishop was punished or removed from office for protecting sexual molester priests. It is also shocking to me that the hundreds of millions of Roman Catholics continue believe that the sexual abuse scandal was ‘no big deal’ and continue to support these sexual pervert leaders. Stories of sexual misconduct by godless, lawless people does not surprise me. That a church of over one billion people should be lead by a group of sexual perverts in Rome and nobody seems to be able to bring justice to these wolves in shepards’ clothing-that is shocking, truly sad, so difficult to think about everyday-that is why people become drug addicts or commit suicide.

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