Where have all the young boys goneLong time passin'Where have all the young boys goneA long, long time agoWhere have all the young boys goneWhen will they ever learnWhen will they ever learnAlthough clergy sexual abuse has been well documented from the earliest years of the Catholic Church the present era is unique. The victims of clergy abuse had first turned to the Church authorities for help, expecting that the Church’s legal system, known as Canon Law, would provide processes whereby victims would be justly treated and perpetrators properly dealt with and prevented from a continued ministry. Instead, Church officials routinely responded to victims by intimidating them in hopes of obtaining their silence. They also manipulated, stonewalled, deceived and threatened victims. Beginning in 1985, frustrated victims of clergy sexual abuse began to approach the civil courts for relief when the legal system of their own church failed to act. Thus, for the first time in Church history the victims of the clergy turned to the secular legal system for relief. While it is historically true that the civil courts had seen clergy sex cases prior to 1984, there were virtually no instances where the Catholic laity had sued a bishop for civil damages resulting from clergy sex abuse. As the cases rapidly increased in courts throughout the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, the defendant dioceses and religious orders mounted a variety of defenses. Among these has been the recurring claim that this was a phenomenon new to the late 20th century. Furthermore many claimed that they had no way of predicting that clergy would sexually abuse since such an outbreak had never happened before. A variation on this claim sought to shift blame to the medical community, claiming that psychiatrists and psychologists admitted they knew little of pedophilia and related sexual disorders and therefore were not able to properly diagnose the disorder or to provide competent prognoses for future behavior. Where have all the young boys goneLong time passin'Where have all the young boys goneA long, long time agoWhere have all the young boys goneWhen will they ever learnWhen will they ever learn
To those who say that's a phenomenon new to late 20th century you can show this article about a "civil war" in North-Western Italy against pedophile priests in... 1907 (!):http://www.lastampa.it/2010/08/11/cultura/guerra-civile-per-i-preti-pedofili-R4qbHrI4grRTr3jVubRUKI/pagina.htmlSorry I cannot translate all of this. Churches were attacked by infuriated people (no, not something I recommend nowadays, just to be clear with neos and thier croons).Only want to point out that the vile accusation that it's a masonic machinery against the Church is not new...Poor boys, now and then, betrayed by those who were appointed to protect them.Kind regards,Simonetta
What I don't understand is how Apuron can be tried in absentia.