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Child abuse scandal: Why did no one speak out?

When faith and religious views are used to justify morally repugnant acts of cruelty, something has tragically gone wrong


One would simply imagine that the choice to report the abuse and neglect of a child should be a simple one.

As this article points out, sometimes it's not so. Moral and ethical views clash with the law, which causes confusion and hesitation about how to act.

Many of us are members of a religious group and attend a place of worship regularly. We go there to be with those who share similar moral views and perspectives about faith.

Through our sharing, we build a community that provides friendship, solace and comfort that is part of our community's foundation. From that strength, faith groups can, and often do, perform wonderful acts that help those less fortunate.

But when faith and religious views are used to justify morally repugnant acts of cruelty, something has tragically gone wrong.

Certainly in this case, there were many people in this worship group who had the training and knowledge to report cases of child abuse. Yet it appears that none did.

While most of us will shake our heads and wonder why no report was made, it's clear that somehow the group thinking process behind closed doors outweighed the otherwise obvious moral, ethical and legal choice in this situation.

I have no doubt that the folks involved have a great sense of shame of what happened. But that's just not enough punishment for such a significant societal crime such as child abuse. We will have to wait and see what plays out.

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