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How disappointing.  ☹️ The report is all ifs and woulds and shoulds and coulds.

Why don't they just bite the bullett and just ban and dismantle the whole shower of corrupt charlatans?

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2 hours ago, Outta Here said:

How disappointing.  ☹️ The report is all ifs and woulds and shoulds and coulds.

Priests would be added to the list of professions if the legal changes are accepted. 

Justice is slow but sometimes it happens. ;))

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Not only that but there has been a few police officers arrested for child abuse too. This is indeed a problem that spreads like a viral outbreak, or a wildfire.

20 hours ago, Outta Here said:

Why don't they just bite the bullett and just ban and dismantle the whole shower of corrupt charlatans?

This would be very difficult, granted abusers tend to be well integrated into an institution, and when new converts and or recruits are welcomed to the community, no one knows the intent of said recruit. This is like the whole gang stalking thing, a guy comes to the church and says he seeks God and want to follow Jesus, and he is welcomed, however his intent is to commit and subdue women into sexual immorality, you do not know until it is too late, but if you have wisdom in the signs, you can prevent an action.

That being said, this plague, the whole child abuse situation, cannot be 100% destroyed, you can only train people to prevent some instances of abuse, and educate the people and the public. But it seems not many people are welcoming of such and they later become shocked at situations that is beyond their control.

18 hours ago, Srecko Sostar said:

Justice is slow but sometimes it happens. ;))

Sometimes justice is a double standard. They'll throw away the key to the cell of an abuser, but allow another abuser to walk free, allowing those who follow him to support him.

America is a broken and to some they find exploits.

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3 hours ago, Space Merchant said:

this plague, the whole child abuse situation, cannot be 100% destroyed

Not with the current corrupt system. Ah well. We will just have to wait until Jehovah puts it into the politicians minds to dismantle the religious infrastructure. And not before time.

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      A judge has ordered a religious order, the Clercs de St. Viateur du Canada, and the church-run Montreal Insitute for the Deaf to pay $30 million to a group of former students who were sexually assaulted by priests, making it the largest settlement for sexual assault in Quebec history.
      At least 60 deaf students were assaulted by members of the religious community and lay people working at the school between 1940 and 1982. The school changed its name to the Institut Raymond-Dewar in 1984.
      The judgment brings to an end a long and painful process that began with the authorization of a class action suit in 2012.
      Represented by Robert Kugler, of the firm Kugler Kandestin, which also secured a landmark decision last week when its client was awarded $8 million for a hockey injury, the plaintiffs will now apply to an adjudicator, former Appeal Court Justice André Forget, in private, and with a sign-language interpreter.
        The plaintiffs include students who were as young as eight years old when they were repeatedly assaulted at the boys boarding school.
      Twenty-eight religious staff and six lay people were named in the class action, of which only five or six are believed to still be alive.
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