Monday, March 29, 2010

Scholar Claims Clerical Abuse Reports Before the French Revolution Discredited Catholics

An very impressive article by Elizabeth Lev shows how before the persecution of the Catholic Church during the French Revolution, revolutionaries started a huge uproar denouncing decades-old cases of sexual abuse cases. They seem to insinuate that all clergy were somehow involved.

This prominent Catholic writer says “selective” and “salacious” reporting of clerical sexual abuse scandals is being used to discredit a “powerful moral voice” in public debate. While she acknowledges genuine abuse, she says present day anti-clericalism echoes the slanders of pre-Revolutionary France. Elizabeth Lev is the daughter of former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Mary Ann Glendon.

To read this fascinating and chilling story, click here.

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