Nobody knows for sure how many priest abuse(2), just as the number is not known for the general population. Estimates suggesting between 2% and 4%(3) are supported by an independent survey taken in 2002 at a conference of Catholic bishops in the U.S.(4) The survey showed the percentage of abusive priests to be 4%.
After their 2005 census, the Vatican announced that there are 406,411(5) Catholic Priests in the world. As the survey suggested 4% of that number will be abusive, so one can assume that there are approximately 16,256 PERMANENTLY active paedophiles in the Catholic Church!
Of the organizational members of the Catholic Church, above the level of humble priest, there is an organizational hierarchy made up of Bishops, Archbishops, Cardinals, and the Papa himself.
Now we must concede that the leaders and organizers of the world's most pervasive doctrine, are very clever men. The same sort of clever men that run banks, government, universities, multinational corporations - your MD or executive type. We must assume this because it would be ludicrous to assume that the Holy Roman Empire was run by idiots and oafs!
No really, come on, in all seriousness, it would. The boys at the top have to be smart cookies! It's how you get to the top after all!
Anyway, if you add together all these smart cookies, the Master of the Empire and his minions, his Cardinals, his Archbishops and his Bishops, the Catholic Church's organisational hierarchy numbers some 4573 men.(6)
That's 4573 men who have to be smart enough to run the whole holy show, 4573 men who must have their finger on the pulse in order for the organisation to function. 4573 superiors of the priests.
As the Times article stated, Paedophiles abuse 200 victims in their lifetime. We have calculated so far that at any one time there are 16256 Paedophiles in the priesthood. The numbers suggest then, that the priesthood's Paedophiles will commit in their lifetime a staggering, 3,251,200 abuses.
That's three and a quarter million destroyed children!
I find no way to comprehend how smart men could have been unaware. In my opinion the numbers do not support the notion that the Pope and his 4572 helpers did not know the extent of the problem!
And this begs a further thought. This is not the first year in which abuse has occurred. Over the centuries of totalitarian rule from Rome, how many Popes and the thousands of cardinals archbishops, bishops, have turned a blind eye to the suffering of the little children, sacrificed on the alter of the church's reputation?
And thus far the Pope has offered little more than hushed, hurried apologies and pitiful compensation settlements. Where's the program of free therapy for the victims of your minions? Where's the outrage and horror that normal people feel? Where's the open and concerted effort to rid your religion of this menace?
You're good at those!
With a potential 3.25 million abhorrent dark clouds hanging over the Catholic church and the Pope's outrageously ineffectual attempts at a silver lining, the Pope should not only be refused the honour of a state visit but further, he should be refused entry into the UK.
The best communications are often,
THREE WORDS OR LESS
OR ONE OR MORE FINGERS!
(1)http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article4448443.ece Now only available to syubscribers
(2)http://www.religioustolerance.org/clergy_sex8.htm Also - http://www.religioustolerance.org/clergy_sex20.htm#sur