Grooming – Muslim and Catholic


Child abuse knows no race or religion. In the United Kingdom:

Detectives have charged 31 people with offences including rape and trafficking after an investigation into sexual offences against children in the Huddersfield area. West Yorkshire Police said the five alleged victims were girls aged between 12 and 18, with the offences said to have occurred between 2005 and 2012.

The accused are of what the British media routinely describe as “South Asian” extraction, including “Mohammed Sajjad, 31, of Huddersfield, charged with four counts of rape of a girl aged 13-15, one rape of a girl under 13 and facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.”

In the United States:

The Pennsylvania grand-jury report names hundreds of predator priests across seven decades of life in six Catholic diocese in the state. Some of the details in the report are so vile and lurid they would have been rejected from the writer’s room of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.

As Michael Brendan Dougherty writes in “National Review”, “If the events outlined in the Pennsylvania grand-jury report had happened among Pakistani immigrants, rather than the Catholic clergy, the perpetrators would called a grooming gang. If we treated the Catholic Church the same way as the British public treated the grooming gangs of Rotherham in South Yorkshire, we would be asking tough questions about the culture that produces abuse on this scale. We would ask questions about what twisted form of political correctness dissuaded law enforcement from identifying and confronting the criminal network until now. We might be debating our immigration policy, and possibly shutting down our embassies in the countries from which this gang receives support and reinforcements.”

And Matt Walsh at “The Daily Wire”:

The Catholic Church in the West is beset by a plague. An infection. A virus that must be rooted out and utterly destroyed. There must be a purge in the Church. And the purge must be ruthless and brutal and uncompromising. Unfortunately the laws in our country will not allow us to hang these priests — much less burn them at the stake, as poetic as that would be — but they can be exposed everywhere, shamed, rebuked, and hopefully locked in a cage for the rest of their mortal lives…

The good priests and bishops must come out and rebuke with righteous fury. Statements of “sadness” and “grief” will not do. Cardinal Wuerl’s limp-wristed lament about the “tragedy” of sexual abuse is insufficient. It is not just a tragedy. It is wickedness straight from the pit of Hell. That is what needs to be said. We don’t want to hear about tragedies anymore. We want to hear the wrath of God called down upon the heads of the perpetrators. We want you to show us that you are disgusted and enraged, or else we will suspect that you don’t care — or worse.

And names must be named. For every priest who raped a boy, there could well be at least one more priest who knew about it and remained silent. And those priests are almost as guilty as the rapist. Cowardice is a moral evil. And there has been quite a lot of that kind of evil — and many other kinds of evil — infecting the hierarchy of the Church. So all of the evildoers must be purged. Exposed. Shamed. Thrown out. Imprisoned. All of them. That is the only way forward now. There is no other way. And every Catholic who loves God and truth and justice must demand it.

One is speechless when confronted with evil of this magnitude, but one cannot be silent. Reveal and punish, absolutely, but also ask questions and study so we can find out what factors produce these sorts of outrages and therefore what can be done to prevent them in the future. In the UK, a report by Quilliam International foundation has found that “84% of ‘grooming gang’ offenders were (South) Asian, while they only make up 7% of total UK population and that the majority of these offenders are of Pakistani origin with Muslim heritage.” Why is that? What role is played by cultural and religious factors like the tradition of early (child) marriage, dehumanisation of unbelievers, or sexual frustration resulting from the traditional morality and family arrangements? Why is the Catholic Church so prone to child abuse? Is it burden of celibacy? Or are perhaps men with pedophile tendencies attracted to a career which gives them access to children combined with a culture of secrecy? How widespread is child abuse in other Christian denominations, other non-Christian religions, and other professions involving work with children? What accounts for the differences?

We need to have the courage to pursue such inquiries no matter how uncomfortable they make some people feel. No amount of discomfort outweighs the enduring pain and suffering of the countless victims.