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Friday, May 11, 2012

Universal Child Abuse

My wife saw an article in the New York Times about the situation in some Orthodox Jewish communities, where child abuse occurs and the religious authorities turn a blind eye to it. Often the perpetrator is a religious figure. The orthodox leaders may refuse to report any cases to the secular authorities, and they often shun the victims who report the abuses.

Child abuse is a universal pastime, and it occurs everywhere and with every religion: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Vodou... any religion.
The Catholic Church's problems were larger due to a number of factors, not the least of which was the number of priests involved  and the ironic scandal of the sacerdotal class preying on the flock... descending like lusty Assyrian wolves upon the sheep, as it were.

Our religions today are keepers of traditions. In the Venn diagram of heaven, if those traditions happen to intersect with Righteousness and Godliness, it is a happy circumstance, and seemingly more and more entirely accidental.

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