On Saturday, John posted about the Catholic Bishops’ plan to issue a new edict attacking gays. The Catholic Bishops are obsessed with attacking gays, as we’ve seen in full force in the Maine’s marriage equality campaign. Last week, in an article focusing on a woman who has a son by her priest, the New York Times provided more evidence that the Catholic Bishops needs to take care of their own dirty laundry before they worry about anyone else:
While the recent scandals involving the Roman Catholic Church have focused on the sexual abuse of children, experts say that incidences of priests who have violated sexual and emotional boundaries with adult women are far more common.
Clergy members of many faiths have crossed the line with women and had children out of wedlock. But the problem is particularly fraught for the Catholic Church, as Catholics in many countries are increasingly questioning the celibacy requirement for priests. Ms. Bond’s case offers a rare look at how the church goes to great lengths to silence these women, to avoid large settlements and to keep the priests in active ministry. She has 23 years of documents, depositions, correspondence, receipts and photographs relating to her case, which she has kept in meticulous files.