A couple of days ago, friend told me a wonderful story that has the added benefit of being absolutely true...
By now, we are well aware of the epidemic of Catholic Priest- Young Boy Sexual Abuse cases that have been uncovered in the last decade. "Catholic Priest" has even entered the lexicon as a synonym for pedophile. It turns out that this has been an incredibly lucrative cottage industry for plaintiff attorneys, bankrupting and destroying diocese that have had the misfortune to have actually hosted one of these vermin.
In California, a Los Angeles-based law firm that specializes in these cases was able to get the legislature to rescind the statute of limitations specifically against the Roman Catholic Church so that they could add many more cases to a very successful billion dollar plus plundering of Rome.
When the law firm raised its quivering snout from the depleting California plunder trough to survey future unplundered Diocese, the newly Blue State of Colorado began gleaming like a sweet apple. Colorado had some 40+ documented cases of child abuse by Catholic priests. Only problem? They occured in the 1960's and early 1970's and were the result of two Priests, one dead, and the other long retired to a Church home. Apparently, the Church had been made aware of the problem on the early 1970's and had successfully removed them from the temptation of exposure to young parishioners, although choosing not to publicly acknowledge what had happened... presumably because "everyone lies about sex" ala Bill Clinton. The problem? That dang ol' Statute of Limitations. In the newly Blue state leg, the California Law Firm found a very willing ear towards legislative efforts towards rolling back the statute of limitations specifically against the Catholic Church. They proposed legislation that was identical to that passed in California... specifically targeted at a single group.
Guess what the Catholic Diocese did?
They came out applauding the effort and said they would support it IF it was amended to include "all public and private institutions" instead of the indefensible focus on one group, albeit one group with a highly publicized problem. The Colorado state leg was delighted, but the California law firm was alarmed and insisted the legislation be passed exactly as written. The problem was, once out of the barn, the concept of targeting one group becomes very difficult to spin.
The Colorado Diocese then leaked to the press that in the last 5 years, Colorado public schools had 65 reported cases of sexual abuse of a minor... a number that suggests a pedophile problem at least one order of magnitude (10 times) larger than that predicated by our battered Catholic Church.
Alarmed, the attorneys for the state School Districts requested that the bill be killed because it would surely bankrupt the State of Colorado. Subsequently, the proposed bill was appropriately killed in committee.
Upon reflecting upon this story, It occured to me that there were at least two teachers in my old high school who had "sexual relations" with students. I suspect that the 65 reported in Colorado were the tip of the iceberg.
So why has the Catholic Church been the lightening rod for our wrath? Clearly, positions of trust and moral authority were abused, and our children victimized and traumatized by a few very bad apples in an institution that we demand more from. In the Church. In the Schools.
The difference? I can only speculate, but perhaps the Church represents a dangerous counter-point to the "tolerant" values espoused by our Public Schools, for xample 4th grader role playing in Philadephia where children are asked to play Mommy and Daddy, Mommy and Mommy, and Daddy and Daddy so that they can "make a right decision for their sexuality". In the 4th frigging grade!
Is it any wonder that our public schools, run by people that decry accountability at all levels, controlled by the most powerful fully partisan unions in our country, and that represent the largest combined public employee pool in our country, is guilty of sexual predation on our children at a level at least 10 times greater than the Catholic Church, and yet has gotten a pass by the press and the courts?
The fellow who told me this story added in his one high school, there was a Hannible Lecter incident where a teacher had been having young boys to his home for "help with homework" where he helped himself sexually to them. He then killed one of them and ate some portion of his victim. He was declared "Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity" and spent 5 years in an asylum, and then released. He sued the school district for his job back and won! The only thing that kept him from going back were the death threats he recieved from the community. He left to go make a new life with someone elses children.
The take away lesson is... if you are gonna be a criminal, best be part of the government.