Wednesday, August 27, 2014

On Rotherham and the Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal

A highly disturbing case of rampant, systematic sex abuse has emerged in the city of Rotherham in northern England. The ramifications are far-reaching, with calls for high-level resignations. It seems that out of a reluctance to appear insensitive toward the local south Asian community, authorities allowed a horrific spate of rape and abuse to go unchecked over a long period of time. And, as the Daily Telgraph reports:

Many of the managers who held key roles in the local authority as gangs of mainly Asian men groomed, terrorised and abused 1,400 girls as young as 11 over a 16-year period have remained in well-paid posts.
The case is also headlines all over the BBC as well as here in North America. So, Rod Dreher, a journalist who led some of the coverage of the Catholic Church's own sex abuse scandal (and who - it should be noted - left the Catholic Church for Eastern Orthodoxy because of it), has some sharp words as to the meaning of this latest sex abuse scandal. Recall first of all that Rotherham is now the latest in a string of deeply disturbing scandals: 1) Penn state, 2) the BBC itself as well as 3) several prominent US colleges that have been unmasked by the media for their unsafe, conspiratorial cover ups of rape and sex abuse over the past few years.

But, I'll let Rod speak for himself:

British progressives, let’s not hear another word about how the sacrosanct nature of the Catholic Church contributed to the sexual exploitation of children by priests until you face up to the fact that the values of political correctness on the matter of race and ethnicity contributed to the sexual exploitation of children by these Pakistanis. Catholicism doesn’t “cause” clerical sexual abuse any more than anti-racism “causes” Pakistanis sex gangs to rape children. But a big part of the meaning of Rotherham is that Rotherham authorities were willing to sacrifice the humanity of at least 1,400 little girls to the god of political correctness.
One might expect that horrors such as Rotherham show up the extraordinary, depressing extent to which sexual abuse exists within all human societies, and not just within Catholic institutions. One might expect this inference to be self-evident were it not for a significant bias against the Church. As "defensive" as this sounds, it needs to be said.