Churches and Abuse Cover Up — Insights From Penn State
Luke 8:17 ESV
(17) For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.
Here is part of an AP news story that helps us understand a very common motivation by churches to cover up abuse when it is reported. Christians seem to think that the Lord’s name needs “PR” (public relations) protection, so the scandal is hushed up. Or more specifically, the victims are hushed up. Of course these cover ups are actually all about protecting OUR own names and reputations. The Lord of glory does not need us to rescue Him from a tarnished image, and in fact, the Lord is in the business of announcing evil from the roof tops no matter where it is found. Her is the AP story:
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno and other senior officials “concealed critical facts” about Jerry Sandusky’s child abuse because they were worried about bad publicity, according to an internal investigation into the scandal concluded.
The 267-page report released Thursday is the result of an eight-month inquiry by former FBI director Louis Freeh, hired by university trustees weeks after Sandusky was arrested in November to look into what has become one of sports’ biggest scandals.
The report concluded that Paterno, president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz “failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade.”
“In order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at the university — Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley — repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse,” the report said.