Catholic Historians On Abuse And Cover-Up

An interesting bit on a meeting of Catholic historians here.

According to those who’ve studied it, the epicenters are not Boston, Philadelphia, or the environs of Archbishop McCarrick:

Instead, rural, Western dioceses such as Fairbanks, Alaska; Helena, Montana; and Spokane, Washington, have the highest per capita rates, she said. All three include Indian reservations or mission schools.

“You cannot understand the crisis in the places in this country where it was arguably the worst without thinking about issues of race and colonialism,” said (Kathleen) Holscher, who is the new president of the (American Catholic Historical Association).

This is not surprising. Abuse is predation, and it’s part of the animal instinct. Generally speaking …

  • women are more vulnerable than men
  • children more than adults
  • the poor more than the rich
  • the colonized more than imperialists

It’s not a surprise when you think about it. Abuse is not a human activity–it draws a person away from their sentience and into their primitive instincts.

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About catholicsensibility

Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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One Response to Catholic Historians On Abuse And Cover-Up

  1. Jim Bowman says:

    I appreciate such analysis. We gotta have some distance when discussing such matters. It’s a human thing.

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