Although I don't think it would be fair to label the church as a haven for pedophiles as any authoritative organization that has the position of looking after children can attract pedophiles in their ranks,simply because it's an attractive opportunity for those creeps with such tastes, I saw something on Anderson Cooper's show yesterday that made me sick to my stomach. They had a special show on sex offenders and pedophiles and they were interviewing a woman and her daugher, where the husband/dad had been molesting the daughter for many years before the wife found out about it. The woman said that the first person she went to for help was the pastor of the family church. She said the pastor told her NOT to report it to authorities as that would bring "shame to the family and the church" and furthermore, attempted to shift the blame to her by telling her that sex with her husband was "her duty and to never refuse him sex". In other words, he was insuiating that the molestation was the somehow the wife's fault.
Now, OK, I understand why a church with a pedophile in their clergy wouldn't want media attention or the shame of getting labelled and I can kind of see (yet don't agree with) their decision to sweep it under the rug, but what kind of messed up pastor would insinuate that a child being molested is the mom's fault? Where would they get that theological justification ( out of context scripture twisting)? How could someone in a position of family confidence and trust, not to mention the education a pastor is supposed to have, believe and assert such garbage? Finally, how common is this kind of crap in any church, any denomination and is anything being done by decent, intelligent and educated Christians to stop such incompetant and dangerous practices?
I would hope that this is an isolated incident, an exception rather than a rule, but judiging how many times we see churches sweeping this kind of thing under the rug, I somehow doubt it
"Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings."