Yet another child sex abuse scandal has burst out of the Catholic church, this time in Das Vaterland of Pope Siegheil, no less:
Authorities have raided a monastery in southern Germany as part of a probe into allegations that priests sexually abused children there, prosecutors said.
Eight former students at the Ettal Abbey boarding school have reported that they were abused in 1954 and in the 1970s and ’80s, the abbey has said in a statement. The head of the monastery and the school headmaster stepped down last week. […]
Nearly every day since the end of January, people have come forward to report cases of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Germany. News reports put the number of cases at about 150.
150… and it sounds like the investigation just got rolling. Surprised? Right.
The shock value has long since gone out of these sordid tales of abuse and degradation at the hands of predatory priests who skulk the darkened hallways with even darker plans for their young charges — by now it’s widely assumed to be standard operating procedure.
I wonder how bad it has to get. Seriously: if what’s going on in the Catholic church was business as usual in my neighbourhood, I’d move. And furthermore, what is it about the Catholic church that attracts so many of these creeps? I know of no other religious organization that is so teeming with child molesters and their apologists.