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The Boy Scouts and the Catholic Church

April 13th, 2010, Promulgated by Dr. K

From the New York Post:

“PORTLAND, Ore. ? The Boy Scouts of America has long kept an extensive archive of secret documents that chronicle the sexual abuse of young boys by Scout leaders over the years.

The “perversion files,” a nickname the Boy Scouts are said to have used for the documents, have rarely been seen by the public, but that could all change in the coming weeks in an Oregon courtroom.

The lawyer for a man who was molested in the 1980s by a Scout leader has obtained about 1,000 Boy Scouts sex files and is expected to release some of them at a trial that began Wednesday. The lawyer says the files show how the Boy Scouts have covered up abuse for decades.

The trial is significant because the files could offer a rare window into how the Boy Scouts have responded to sex abuse by Scout leaders. The only other time the documents are believed to have been presented at a trial was in the 1980s in Virginia.

At the start of the Oregon trial, attorney Kelly Clark recited the Boy Scout oath and the promise to obey Scout law to be “trustworthy.” Then he presented six boxes of documents that he said will show “how the Boy Scouts of America broke that oath.”

He held up file folder after file folder he said contained reports of abuse from around the country, telling the jury the efforts to keep them secret may have actually set back efforts to prevent child abuse nationally.

“The Boy Scouts of America ignored clear warning signs that Boy Scouts were being abused,” Clark said.

Dykes was convicted three times between 1983 and 1994 of sexually abusing boys, most of them Scouts.

Although there have been dozens of lawsuits against the organization over sex abuse allegations, judges for the most part have either denied requests for the files or the lawsuits have been settled before they went to trial.

The Boy Scouts had fought to keep the files being used in the Portland trial confidential. But they lost a pretrial legal battle when the Oregon Supreme Court rejected their argument that opening the files could damage the lives and reputations of people not a party to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also named the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because the Mormons acted as a charter organization, or sponsor, for the local Boy Scouts troop that included the victim [my emphasis]. But the church has settled its portion of the case.

The Portland case centers on whether the Boy Scouts of America did enough to protect boys from Dykes.

A spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America at its headquarters in Irving, Texas, said in a statement the organization cannot comment on details of the case. But it has worked hard on awareness and prevention efforts, including background checks.

“Unfortunately, child abuse is a societal problem and there is no fail-safe method for screening out abusers,” Deron Smith said.”

Commentary based on what the progressives have taught us from the Church sex abuse scandal (see here, here and here):

1. Clearly the Boy Scouts of America is an oppressive institution. They should be more welcoming and inclusive.

2. If women were permitted to become Boy Scout leaders, the culture of sex abuse would not exist, because women would have exposed these crimes long ago. Also, we all know that women do not commit sex abuse; only men (who are evil, oppressive creatures) do that.

3. If only the Boy Scout leaders did not have to live with mandatory celibacy. Scout leaders should be free to marry so that they do not become sexually frustrated and take out their sexual desires on little boys.

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4 Responses to “The Boy Scouts and the Catholic Church”

  1. Anonymous says:

    But if you do the research the Boy Scout SEX Scandal, as well as the Sex Scandal in the Catholic CHurch will indicate that over 80% of abuse was done between men and adolescent boys. This is male on male. Homosexual predation by a group making up 4% of the population.

    Only more evidence not to allow homosexual participation in the boy scouts or any other organization that involves adults with the youth.

    But the media will never discuss this because they hate the Catholic CHurch.

    But these truths, as all of the good, will win the day.

  2. Kelly says:

    Bah… my son just left for his Boy Scout meeting. He is also an altar server. According to the commie libs, I should probably be charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.

    Planned Parenthood, the child endangerment professionals, are hand-in-hand with Girl Scouts of America – seeking to use a curette on any fetus that enters a womb and corrupt the souls of our daughters.

    What we witness with the media attacks and threats of legal action against the Church is simply the beast doing what he does best. Thankfully, he will not prevail. We have to work harder than ever to be certain we seek the salvation of others. Many well-intentioned people dwell more in the land of Oprah than that of Christ.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I'd say the Church is lookin pretty good compared to the BSA. Great commentary! T.L.

  4. Anonymous says:

    And we won't even talk about the sex scandal with the teachers. A tusnami of problems that get a free pass.

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