In the past month alone, there have been pedophilia scandals in US Swimming, the Republican Party, high school teaching (again), etc. Pedophiles are EXTREMELY determined criminals who will go to ANY length to access kidlets. There's a case pending now in Cleveland involving allegations that a woman obtained a special education teaching degree JUST to access developmentally disabled students, and having selected one, targeted the child and his family and used DRUGS to render the child pliable enough to have sex with. A special education teaching degree most likely took this criminal (if she's guilty) SIX YEARS at least to attain. That's not an unusual effort to gain access to kidlets for the pedophiles in today's society. Pedophilia and pedastry (sexual desire for adolescents in an adult) is not a preference or a stray fantasy. These criminals have a craven desire to hurt kidlets that nothing short of death or incarceration will ever stop. Cleveland teacher indicted for having sex with student | cleveland.com USA Swimming Rocked By Molestation Scandal | The FOX Nation Republican sex scandals, nail in the coffin for GOP Parents should never automatically trust ANY adult, trust no adult BLINDLY, teach their kidlets to report to them any discomfort and most importantly, BELIEVE the kidlet if he or she asks for protection from ANY adult. Regardless of how hard it is to believe that a particular adult hurt your kidlet, protect the kidlet from further unsupervised contact, at the very least. (Whatever else needs to be done is a complex question and there are no hard and fast rules, IMO.) Little kidlets (under age 10 or so) are NEVER going to falsely report sex abuse UNLESS another adult is manipulating them. So, if the kidlet is involved in a custody dispute, there might could be a doubt. But ONLY if the kidlet is reporting abuse allegedly committed by the parent who is seeking to attain or maintain custody...NOT if they complain their music teacher is fondling them. But I digress..... Here's the thing. The pedophilies in these other cases did not form some sort of mutual aid society, and no one entered into a conspiracy after the fact to protect them from prosecution or assure them FUTURE access to additional groups of child victims. Occasionally, you will hear of pedophiles themselves forming conspiracies, a la child porn trading groups, but NOTHING on the scale of the Catholic Church. And the Church has been in the pedophilia business since at least WW II. Most likely, for over a century now...but older victims have now died off, of course. Nope, for the breadth and depth of depraved destruction of the lives of children and their families, there just is no historical parallel to the Catholic Church that I have ever heard of. Even Ancient Rome and its Emperors did not abuse children on such a scale. And personally, I believe it is still happening. If you are a Catholic, and still attend Mass, tithe, etc. my question to you is WHY? And if you send your kidlet into the hands of Catholic clergy as a parochial school student, altar boy, etc., my plea to you is WAKE UP. The Catholic clergy may not all be guilty of pedophilia...but WHY entrust any child to a group of people with such an offensive record of hurting kidlets? Whatever comfort you may be getting from remaining willfully blind to the path of destruction the Church INTENTIONALLY carved/carves through whole communities, I just cannot see how any ethical person can argue their comfort outweighs the safety and well-being of their communities' children.