Pedophile Priest Scandal Essay

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Pedophile Priest Scandal
In 2002 the Catholic Church was rocked with scandalous reports of Priests sexually molesting young children and particularly boys. The scandal is the result of numerous investigations, allegations, arrests, trials, convictions and imprisonment of Catholic Priests. It became largely reported that once trusted and respected Catholic Priests were pedophiles. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) categorizes pedophilia as a mental disorder if the sexual fantasies or urges involve prepubescent children , if they last six months or longer, if the individual has acted on them, or if they cause marked distress” (American Psychiatric Association, 2000).
The abuse scandal hit the church at it's core. Most view pedophiles and child molesters as the same evil being. The notion of a pedophile is that of a dirty old perverted man lurking in the shadows waiting to pounce on an innocent child. With the Catholic church scandal, our thoughts of what a child molester is has been shocked into reality. A child molester is not necessarily the monster we first thought, it is our trusted priest. As the accusations and allegations of sexual abuse began to surface, America was stunned to discover not only was molestation happening, it had been going on for years. There was widespread abuse was being reported and the cover ups began to unfold largely through media (Lewis, 2010). The media attention was fierce. What a lot of people held…

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