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TO A DEGREE, the Catholic Church
is like Tiger Woods.
The world’s greatest golfer fell from
grace in spectacular and shocking
circumstances as allegations and then
details of sexual liaisons with numerous
women were exposed by the media.
Likewise, the Catholic Church has
been publicly brought to its knees
by relentless media coverage of a
disgusting phenomenon, the sexual
abuse of children by some priests.
Tiger Woods, handsome, dutiful
husband and loving father, was found to
have a darker side that included years
of cheating and deceiving his family and
the community at large.
He lived in the rarefied air of celebrity
status amid more financial wealth
and influence than most of us
Tiger Woods has now admitted
taking advantage of a privileged position
to satisfy his desires.
He is a flawed human - like the rest
Parallels are obvious, but once past the
basics, the Church’s sex scandal and
Tiger Woods’ infidelity wildly diverge.
The Church’s situation is far worse.
While priests also live with status
and power, their privileged position
extends beyond humanity to the
The infidelity of priests reached
past consenting adults to innocent,
vulnerable youth, usually boys who were
entrusted to their care.
Tiger Woods’ actions were immoral.
Those of offending priests are both
immoral and criminal.
Athough the molestation has been
committed by a minority of clergy, the
nightmare continues to throw a much
After a year or so of revealing ar ticles
the media began tiring of Tiger
He apologised, separated from his
wife and is now back playing golf and
attempting to rebuild his world.
By PAUL MAGUIRE
Facing up to the
secrecy and silence
that surrounds this
type of crime
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