As someone said above, these are mostly old cases that have come to light. On the Dallas list, over half are already dead and gone. There are two recent ones that have been accused ... one might actually be serious. Hes awaiting his trial, so there must be something there.
And given the amount of priests in the world (over 400,000) the amount of priests accused of these acts is less than on average of other walks of life ... teachers, relatives, etc. Im not making excuses, but simply pointing this out to put it into perspective. ANY priest credibly accused should be dealt with swiftly and harshly, IMO.
As someone said above, these are mostly old cases that have come to light
Of corse. It takes time for a child to grow through all the stages of maturity into adulthood.
Time to process the sexual abuse, hideous betrayal, and conflicting emotions mixed with failed religion.
Most never tell what happened. Most that do wait until they come to grips with it as adults.
So obviously, cases coming to light are old cases.
So will the ones next year, and the year after, and the year after... etc.
Since one out of two or one out of three Catholic priests are gay, it is very likely this will continue for decades worldwide.
It is the single largest gay and sex crisis in an organized religion Ive ever read about. It is so very sad for the children.
Rome is to blame. It knew at every level, protected the abusers, shuffled them to fresh victims, and all the while have known gayness was rampant in the Vatican. It did this over - at least - the past 5 popes.
It is hideous and abhorrent.