If one were to read the reports filed for the past three years by the National Religion Correspondent of the New York Times, Laurie Goodstein, clergy sexual abuse is a distinctive attribute of the Catholic Church.
According to TheMediaReport.com, Goodstein has composed dozens of articles about clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church, but not one article concerning clergy sex abuse in other religious denominations. In fact, almost 1 of every 4 of her articles in the past three years (45 article or 24%) focused upon the issue of clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Given these data, one might wrongly conclude that clergy sexual abuse is nonexistent in other religious denominations.
As one-sided as Ms. Goodstein's reporting in this regard is, what is more disturbing--considering that Ms. Goodstein believes herself to be a journalist--is what she does not report.
For example, a prominent Liberty University law professor and grandson of Billy Graham, Boz Tchividjian,recently spoke at the annual gathering of the Religious News Association in Austin, Texas. Tchividjian is Executive Director of "Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment" which works on combating abuse in the evangelical community.
In his address, Tchividjian noted that that evangelical missions are a "magnet" for sexual abusers. Furthermore, he observed that evangelicals "are worse" than the Catholic Church at handling the problem. Tchivdjian added that evangelicals have "sacrificed the souls" of innocent children. How? Of known data from abuse cases perpetrated by evangelicals, 25% are repeat cases.
It is ironic that Goodstein was present one the panel when Tchividjian spoke and listened to Tchividjian's remarks. Yet, Goodstein didn't report any of the remarks in the New York Times.
The issue is not that The Motley Monk wants to deflect attention away from the problem of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. No, the issue is that members of the MainStreetMedia--Ms. Goodstein being the most recent example--do not report the whole story but only that portion of story they want to report in order to further their anti-Catholic agenda.
By any objective journalistic standard, that is unethical.
Let the discussion begin...
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