There is one widely-quoted statement that Jesus made about kids that is familiar to all victims, survivors, and supporters:
“If anyone causes one of these little ones — those who believe in me — to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” (Matt. 18:6-7 NIV)
He goes on to say that it’s even better to cut off one’s limbs and gouge out one’s very own eyes rather than to do this. Obviously, this means that such unrepentant sinners with such stains cannot get into heaven. So it’s pretty clear just how bad Jesus considered child abuse by his disciples to be.
But why do you suppose Jesus said that, almost two thousand years before Freud? Back then, most sophisticated Greeks and Romans extolled pederasty and among them, though frowned upon, buggery with young boys was all the rage.
The reason, according to the early Fathers, is that even worse than sinning oneself is to provide an occasion of sin to others.
And make no mistake, what the Catholic clergy did to their victims by rapes and mindgames was to condemn each and every one into a lifetime of sin and damnation. Which first and foremost belongs to them. So if anything in their religion is true, then every wicked, selfish or stupid thing we’ve ever done as a result of their abuse of us adds to their personal doom in Hell.
Victims aren’t a “whoopsie” remedied by a few minutes in the confessional and 10 Our Fathers. Survivors stand as living proof not just of their human failures but their eternal ones, as the eternal indictment of THEIR OWN condemnation in the eyes of God.
And with all their fine theological training, damn right they know it, too. They might not be able to admit it but that’s why they cannot face us whom they abused, IMHO. It’s a bitter consolation for those of us infuriated by their denial, but the good part is that victims don’t have to do anything more. Coming out was enough. Their own consciences will torture their souls day and night, for all victims of clergy abuse, known and unknown. And the vengeance of God will take care of the abusers, too, known and unknown.