Panama 2019 Day 22: Sexual Assaults on Nuns

The Pope has acknowledged another issue of sexual violence happening in the Church: assaults on nuns by priests and bishops. The assaults can lead to abortion, or to children who remain unclaimed and unsupported by their supposedly celibate fathers.

The conservative wing of the Church would like to hold that expelling gay clergy from the priesthood will solve the longstanding problems with sexual predation. But clearly being gay and being a pedophile are not the same thing. And being gay and assaulting nuns is an equally ludicrous claim.

Can anyone doubt any longer that the all-male “celibate” clergy has proven itself to be a disastrous model for the Catholic Church? The Pope’s claim that he is working on the problem of nuns being sexually assaulted by priests and bishops holds no promise. Time for radical change.

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