MrDon, I strongly agree with you on a couple of vital points...
So I jumped in (I can't sit by quietly). I said he needed to resign and hopefully he along with the ones that he covered up for should all go to prison.
I can't sit around & be silent about this sh*t anymore either! And I do think he (and probably some others) should have resigned a long time ago. Not to mention been incarcerated & put into treatment programs.
IMNSHO those who cover up for these perps are as bad as the perps--if not worse, becuz often sex offenders are driven by pain & compulsions that may be very hard to control--I'm not saying impossible, nor am I saying this in any way excuses them.
It's just that those who cover up for them hurt them instead of helping them, and allow--cause--more people to be abused. And not becuz they're driven by some inner anguish & aggressive acting-out. No simply becuz they're too greedy, gutless, self-interested & uncaring to take the action they know damn well they should take!
And please understand me, I am not saying everyone in all churches are bad, there are just child abusers there like in every walk of life (and the part that angers me is how they hide behind the church while they abuse their kids).
Yes, there are child abusers everywhere! And YES, it does especially infuriate me that there are any
in the church, the last place they ought to be!
I get particularly incensed when churchgoers use their "faith" (it's NOT true Christianity!) to cover up or even justify their abusiveness!
I swear to God, sometimes I'm ashamed to even admit I'm a Christian, much less active in the church!
But I have to keep reminding myself that those perps going into a church does not make them Christians any more than my going into a bank makes me rich!
I've also got to remember that I'm fortunate enuf to be part of a church that stands out among denominations & has for years in being at least positively reactive & increasingly even proactive against sexual abuse.
Our churches are encouraged to use training & materials to focus on being true "sanctuaries", places where children, and all persons, can come and be safe sexually, and in every way.
There has also been a big emphasis, including required training, on sensitizing church employees, especially clergy, to even the appearance of evil when it comes to sexual abuse or harrassment, of children or adults.
There is plenty more to be done. I'm working on it; and I don't think I'm the only one...