On sexual abuse: Evangelicals “worse” than Catholics

A Liberty University professor who investigates sexual abuse by clergy told a meeting of journalists that Catholics respond more appropriately to reports of abuse than evangelicals.

The Christian mission field is a “magnet” for sexual abusers, Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor who investigates abuse said Thursday (Sept. 26) to a room of journalists.

While comparing evangelicals to Catholics on abuse response, ”I think we are worse,” he said at the Religion Newswriters Association conference, saying too many evangelicals had “sacrificed the souls” of young victims.

All true.

It has been known since at least the ’70s that sexually troubled men are preferentially attracted to careers in the clergy; they go there as a sort of self-selected therapy, believing it will enable them to overcome whatever ails them, or that at least they will be surrounded by ‘good’ people and have no opportunity to indulge their appetites. But since Christianity is inherently predatory and markets itself to insecure people convinced they’re no damn good — that’s why they need ‘salvation’ — what you end-up with is a concentration of screwed-up people crashing into each other.

Are evangelicals worse than Catholics? I’ve never seen any hard statistics, but that has a plausible sound to me. Evangelicals, after all, evangelize — they’re the people with the deepest emotional investment in their church.

They also are the people most like to re-victimize the pastor’s victims, because that’s easier than facing the truth.


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