The recent scandal of the Catholic hierarchy covering up sexual allegations against priests, and moving them from post to post, only shows that the problem is neither new, nor restricted to the Catholic Church.
The first time I heard about a serial child molester was about 1960. The United Church of Canada had defrocked a minister named Russell D. Horsburg, after he had been convicted in Windsor, Ontario. He was an equal opportunity pedo, willing to debauch both boys and girls.
One of the wife’s older sisters had left the Catholic Church, to wed a New Order Mennonite boy. As a compromise, they attended and were married in a local United Church. Always paranoid and defensive about leaving the Catholic Church, and anxious to justify her actions, she is the only person I personally know, who put her marriage certificate in a silver frame, and hung it on her living room wall for all to see.
After we got married in 1967, and had a child, we sometimes visited. One evening, after a washroom trip, I stopped to examine the certificate. Sure enough, it was signed by Reverend Russell D. Horsburg. Hmmm, so he practiced his craft here, before the United Church slyly shipped him 300 miles down the highway, to an unsuspecting parish.
She suspiciously wanted to know what I was looking at. I told her that her officiating minister was later jailed for pedophilia.
WELL, THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT WE’RE NOT REALLY MARRIED!
No, but you’re probably lucky that he wasn’t still here in Kitchener, as your kids grew up.
Okay, I’ve described the problem. Now it’s up to somebody (or somebodies) else to come up with a solution to it. 😳