The Child Abuse We Don’t Talk About

A few years back I heard a brief interview on the BBC with the mother of a child who had been sexually abused by a Catholic priest, aired at a time when the church’s sexual abuse scandal was at its height. New revelations were occurring almost every day, entire dioceses were going bankrupt as a consequence of having to pay out millions in compensation to victims, some of them now middle-aged. It wasn’t unusual to hear the voice on the the air of someone who had been sexually molested by clergy, sometimes many years earlier, and had only just come forward. What was very unusual, indeed unique in my experience, was the response this particular mother gave to the BBC presenter when asked how she felt about what had happened to her son.

She said that, as appalling as the physical abuse was, it was nothing in comparison with the psychological trauma he had suffered as a result of the religious “education” he had suffered at the hands of the church.

Read the rest of the article in the new issue of Eclectica.

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About Thomas J. Hubschman

Thomas J. Hubschman is the author of Look at Me Now, My Bess, Song of the Mockingbird, Billy Boy, Father Walther’s Temptation, The Jew’s Wife & Other Stories and three science fiction novels. His work has appeared in New York Press, The Antigonish Review, Eclectica, The Blue Moon Review and many other publications. Two of his short stories were broadcast on the BBC World Service.

Posted on October 22, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Tom – I agree with your view completely. Interesting, isn’t it, that both you and I have chosen partners who were not indoctrinated with our particular brand of “education”? Not, of course, that, as you suggest, there are not other versions that carry their own distortions.

  2. Odd, isn’t it, that this topic is never discussed except as humor, of all things. And imagine the cheek of that Jesuit to deny that hell had ever been part of the church’s “magesterium.”

    Yes, other religions are just as bad, as I’ve been finding out.

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