The Telegraph's Damien Thompson is now highlighting a story from another unlikely source--a left wing atheist--who is making a similar case. The author explains how an anti-Catholic agendas have essentially ushered in a new Inquisition in which all priests are basically assumed guilty until proven otherwise.
Were 10,000 children in America and thousands more in Ireland really raped by Catholic priests? In a word, no. Instead, what has happened is that in the increasingly caliginous, almost Inquisitorial mindset of sections of the New Atheist anti-pope lobby, every allegation of abuse against a Catholic priest … has been lumped together under the heading of ‘rape’, and every allegation has been described as an actual proven ‘rape’ regardless of whether it resulted in a legal trial, never mind a conviction.
The term ‘paedophile priest’ has become such a part of everyday cultural lingo that most people, when they read in last week’s relatively respectable UK Independent that ‘over 10,000 children have come forward to say they were raped [by Catholic priests]’, would probably think, ‘Yeah, that’s possible’. But it isn’t true.
Indeed, Jim West was just talking about this earlier this week. In a post, "It's Open Season on Catholic Clergy", he highlighted one story--which hardly got much play--about a priest who was wrongfully accused of abuse and exonerated of such charges. I wish more bloggers would highlight such stories.