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  •  I'm guessing my co-workers and boss (9+ / 0-)

    would turn me in if they had evidence I was a child rapist.  But of course, I don't work at a place as pious as the Catholic church.  

    •  Except that (0+ / 0-)

      in these cases, the evidence might not have been all that hard.  There are many such cases where the police do investigate and find nothing to prosecute.  Do you still want them around? If not, just pay them something to get lost.l

      •  I believe the Catholic Church's culpability (1+ / 0-)
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        and responsiblity go beyond that of a normal employer.  I was being a bit flippant when I compared it to my own job.  I don't work with kids.  

        Its more analogous to a school's responsiblity to inform officers when they learn that a child is being abused by a teacher.   The Catholic Church puts these men in positions of trust with these children.  When they discovered that the trust had been abused they did not do enough to protect the victims or to bring the priests to justice.  In most cases they did not even inform families who regularly dealt with the priests about the allegations.  If your child was at daycare, and I learned that another child in that daycare had been molested by a fellow employee, isn't that something you would like to know?  The Catholic church left these abused children to suffer alone or worse, be punished b/c their parents could not understand why they were acting out or avoiding the church.  

        That is why they lost suit after suit.  They had a fiduciary duty to these kids and they let them down.  They had more responsibility than a disinterested employer b/c they were entrusted with the care of the child victims and sometimes entire communities.  

        •  The church actually wins most of its suits (0+ / 0-)

          because most of the accusations are false. That doesn't excuse them at all for the many that aren't false, but it does show that in any given case, from the point of view of an executive who has to make a decision, you really don't know what is true and what isn't at the time the decision must be made, so you have to work around the ambiguity.

          This means that if you want to get rid of some people you don't trust quickly, instead of a long, expensive process where many innocent people can have their lives ruined, it's usually better to just pay them off.  I think the Church is actually go beyond what a normal employer would do in this case.  It's thinking through the problems that both victims as well as falsely accused people can have and trying to do the best for both.  That's what I'd expect of a religious institution anyway.

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