Psalms 37:4 (via be-obscenee)
Well shit some priests dedicate their lives to god but they don’t ever get to have sex with children do they
In the Catholic Church, they have a sacrament called confession which you may have seen in films or know about because of a distant relative. Basically, you go into a room and confess your wrongdoings to the priest, who is behind a curtain, so that you don’t have to look them in the face. The priest is bound to keep confidentiality with the people confession. This is both simultaneously great and awful because:
People who have done an illegal or malicious act, but have come to their senses and are feeling remorse for their actions, would be encouraged to seek council in confession, and talk it through with someone who will not immediately cast them in a negative light, and report them, but instead view them as a valuable human being. This can help them to find resolve in themselves and change their ways, sometimes even resulting in them turning themselves in peacefully.
The priests are bound under oath and are unable to break confidentiality. This means that even if they know that a murdered body is buried in a specific location, they cannot tell anyone because the information was given to them via confession.
Over the years/decades, non-God-fearing serial rapists, have realized that they can weave their way into this non-threatening environment to gain access to children. By manipulation and determination, they work their way into a position of authority and respect, so that they have the ability to carry out their deeds, whilst nobody suspects that they would even be the type to do so. If any other priest or bishop looks as if they may be catching on to their scheme, they go and confess it to them, so that they are therefore bound by oath to not break confidentiality. If they are caught out by other members of the church, they get someone else in their seedy ring, who has managed to climb higher up to “relocate” them to another church, and sidestep the controversy altogether.
It’s horrifying that a thing that has such capacity to heal is being used by bad people to wound. And I’m glad that federal commissions are being done to dig these people out.