Dan Thomasson's recent column, "Vatican must put an end to scandals," made some surprising claims. He said, "I am tired of being bombarded daily by the onslaught of attention given to Catholic news, while Christian news outside the Roman brand is practically ignored."
He notes, "A significant amount of the attention comes (from) pedophilia in the priesthood, generating sensational coverage... But when you don't make news, maybe it's becuase you haven't done all those bad things."
Thomasson then suggests that members of other religious denominations only "now and then engage in aberrant activities. ... Certainly nothing matches the controversy over a sizable number of Catholic clergy('s) ... indefensible activities."
But Thomasson is here reporting on an imbalance in the reporting of indefensible activities, not its occurrence. Apparently he is unaware that the liberal press seeks to demean the Catholic Church because it disagrees with its stance on sexual behavior, contraception and abortion.
In his book, "Pedophiles and Priests," historian Philip Jenkins stated that while less than 2 percent of Catholic priests have been guilty of pedophilia, the rate for Protestant ministers is between 2 and 3 percent. In 2007, the Associated Press reported that three insurance companies received an annual average of over 260 claims of minors being sexually abused by Protestant clergy. This compared with an average of 228 "credible accusations" brought against Catholic clerics.
Unfortunately, the sexual abuse of minors knows no denominational or occupational boundaries. In her 2004 review of studies for the Department of Education, Charol Shakeshaft stated, "the physical sexual abuse of students in (public) schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests."
Raymond J. Adamek, Kent