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This week’s Style Magazine – the tabloid of Richmond’s smart set – features back page commentary from Dale Brumfield, one-time underground journalist and smart guy turned Catholic apologist. Here is an excerpt:

Poorly investigated journalistic hit pieces try to portray the Catholic Church hierarchy as ground zero of a child abuse epidemic, ignoring statistical evidence that shows the majority of child abuse in America takes place inside the home, with most abusers not unmarried priests but heterosexual, often married men, who are relatives, live-in boyfriends or stepfathers of their victims.

The media doesn’t widely report that a documented 291,000 abuse cases occurred within the American public school system between 1991 and 2000, committed by teachers and employees, married and unmarried, men and women alike. According to Hofstra University scholar Charol Shakeshaft, “the physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests.”

How deep the National Education Association is willing to bury this report remains to be seen, but there’s been little call for shuttering public schools and firing teachers as result of this study, and the anti-Catholic critics and supposedly objective journalists remain curiously oblivious of its staggering conclusions.

If only the Catholic Virginian could bring itself to publish such a spirited defense of the Church and Holy Father.