Just as the Catholic Church has attempted to bury its unending child abuse scandal with a mountain of anti-gay rhetoric, here comes a new scandal that seems divinely designed to cast a shameful glare on that gambit. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch offers a <a href="http://stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/263AD85EB409BD2786256CA40076DBA4?OpenDocument&Headline=Nuns+as+sexual+victims+get+little+notice">scorching report</a> on a 1996 survey by the Jesuit St. Louis University which shows that a disturbingly large number of American nuns have been <a href="http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/01/05/1041566309310.html">sexually abused by their spiritual superiors.</a> <blockquote>One in eight nuns said she had been sexually exploited. Of those, nearly three of every four maintained she was victimized by a priest, nun or other religious person. The exploitation included everything from pressure for "dates" to requests for sexual favors to sexual intercourse. Two of every five nuns who said they had been sexually exploited said the exploitation involved some form of genital contact.</blockquote> Now how will the hierarchy manage to blame this on the homosexuals? No doubt they'll give it their best shot.' (Presumably they'll focus on the lesbian predators, while studiously ignoring the heterosexuals.) One nauseating aspect of this is the fact that the Church successfully buried the scandalous statistics instead of dealing with the victimizers. And in case you were wondering -- no, this is not just a problem with the <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/1234268.stm">American Catholic church.</a> Edit: Disclaimer: Let me state that Very few Catholic priests are paedophiles or rapists. Just like Very few homosexuals are paedopholes.