Originally Posted by Jernal
I'd actually be shocked if there wasn't a case of child sex abuse among a member of the clergy in the last ten years. Perhaps that's a indication of their position of trust being reduced. Still though like teachers, child psychologists and other professions that have high levels of trust and confidentiality with children you would expect some child abusers to be present. It's a horrible fact to say but those are the kind of professions that provide the preferred environment for the abusers to operate in. So you would expect to hear cases about it. Actually, I'd be more concerned if we ended with a situation where no cases were coming to light, ever!
Its not surprising at all, Alter boys are supervised always a 2nd adult present, if a priest wants to organise an event with kids there has to be a parent present. Its the same with other organisations, you can't have a swimming class without a parent present.
Child protection is very different today, and the guidelines are clear.
Also new seminarians today have a lot more stringent psychological evaluations, training is different to 30 years ago. Seminarians are also older today and many come from uni or work...
So the evidence speaks for itself, the Church has rooted out abuse as best it can, you can never say 100%, but you an put in place the best measures possible.