It was inevitable the connection would be made. When Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky (pictured) was arrested on November 4, after years of allegedly molesting boys with the knowledge of superiors who didn’t stop him, everyone knew what was coming. It wouldn’t be long before the media brought up the Catholic Church and its tribulations with homosexual molesters.
Sure enough, as Newsbusters reported on Friday, NBC and the New York Times obliged, linking the two scandals. Problem is, the media again got the story wrong, fixating on powerful institutions trying to protect themselves instead of the obvious: predatory homosexual behavior.
As Newsbusters’ Kyle Drennan reported, NBC’s Brian Williams captured what many Americans, particularly Catholics, had to have been thinking when the Sandusky scandal broke: “A lot of people watching this scandal unfold at Penn State, watching the human damage pile up, watching an institution get badly soiled, can't help but think of the scandal that rocked the Catholic Church in America. There are a lot of parallels.”
Drennan also noted a line in The New York Times that also made the parallel:
A better comparison would be the sexual molestation scandals that rocked another insular, all-male institution, the Roman Catholic Church. The parallels are too striking to ignore. A suspected predator who exploits his position to take advantage of his young charges. The trusting colleagues who don’t want to believe it — and so don’t. Even confronted with convincing proof, they choose to protect their institution's reputation.... This was the dynamic that pervaded the Catholic clerical culture during its sexual abuse scandals, and it seems to have been no less pervasive at Penn State.
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