On Friday Bishop Robert Finn, of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, became the highest ranking member of the Catholic Church to be charged for covering up child abuse. Bishop Finn and the diocese have been accused of taking about six months to tell authorities that they’d found child pornography on a priest’s laptop, during which time he allegedly abused more children. The indictment is a landmark event in the church’s ongoing struggle with allegations of sexual abuse by its members. Yet, during yesterday’s services priests in the diocese met the issue with even more silence, choosing to discuss forgiveness rather than addressing the new developement directly.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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