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achromat666's Avatar Jump to comment 23 by achromat666

Old friends started walking stonily past him and his family on the streets of Williamsburg. Their landlord kicked them out of their apartment. Anonymous messages filled their answering machine, cursing Mr. Jungreis for turning in a fellow Jew. And, he said, the mother of a child in a wheelchair confronted Mr. Jungreis’s mother-in-law, saying the same man had molested her son, and she “did not report this crime, so why did your son-in-law have to?”

I've read the article, but I think this sums up the disgust I have quite nicely. And honestly it doesn't get much better from here.

It's good that the world at large continues to apply pressure to the RCC for the horrific amount of molestation charges leveled against it (not to mention the sickening cover ups) but stories like this don't have anywhere near enough coverage for precisely the reasons mentioned in the article. These are much smaller, insular communities where tradition trumps nearly every rule outside of the culture itself, and this narrow view only enables the most dangerous elements in any community.

That anyone could say the highlighted section of the quote above without complete and utter shame for not seeking justice and peace of mind for their loved one is beyond disturbing. It is indeed at the heart of the matter.

ANY tradition that allows what is permitted in cases like these are not traditions worth adhering to in any respect.

My sympathies to the affected families and loved ones. No one should have to suffer this in silence, or indeed to suffer it at all.

Fri, 11 May 2012 11:08:48 UTC | #941007