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* Penn State and the Catholic Church … The parallels are chilling

Posted by Lew Weinstein on July 14, 2012

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2 disgusting old men who purposely enabled the sexual abuse of children in order to protect their institutions


from an article by Maureen Fiedler in the National Catholic Reporter (7/13/12) …

The parallels are chilling.

According to the report released Thursday by former FBI director Louis J. Freeh, top officials at Penn State, including the legendary football coach Joe Paterno, covered up ongoing sex abuse crimes of assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Why did these Penn State leaders do this? A look at their private communications reveals that they were seeking to protect both Penn State and its legendary football team. And they did this for 14 years.

Where have we heard this storyline before? It reminds us all of the Catholic church, of course, where bishops covered up sex abuse crimes for a similar reason: protecting the institution and — in this case — the sanctity of the priesthood.

In neither institution did the welfare of the children involved seem to play any role.

Some of our bishops continue to downplay the sex abuse crisis in the church.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, in the recent book about him by John Allen, seemed to think this was mostly a scandal about the priest abusers, not the bishops — not those who did the cover-up.

These bishops might well read the reports of the scandal at Penn State and wonder whether they could withstand a similar investigation by someone like Louis J. Freeh.

And an even deeper question rises from both cases: Why did these men — Penn State officials and bishops — not think of the children and put them first? Time to pray over Jesus in the Gospel saying, “Let the little children come unto me.”




4 Responses to “* Penn State and the Catholic Church … The parallels are chilling”

  1. journeythroughnews said

    Unfortunately, there will always be people who make decisions that worsen others’ lives. However, the Paterno case has stood out as one where an admired man turned out to be very bad. What do you think?

    • Lew Weinstein said

      I don’t think a very good man could turn away as Paterno did. My guess is he wasn’t nearly the “god” he was held out to be.

  2. Chris said

    Unfortunately it is clear as a people we have lost our morality.

    We allow the catholic church, wall street executives, politicians and other top percents to rule above all us beholden to no law or order.

    How is it the Catholic church was not charged under “RICO” as a organized criminal organization that committed crimes’ and avoid detection and prosecution?

    If this a government “Of The People” what does that say about us?

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