London, England, Sep 14, 2010 / 00:54 am
British social commentator Brendan O'Neill wrote a recent piece calling out U.S. and U.K. media for skewing clergy sex abuse stats and wrongly portraying the Catholic Church as hosting “an army of pedophile priests.”
O'Neill serves as editor of the independent social commentary website Spiked, and is a feature writer for the BBC. O'Neill also makes journalistic contributions to U.K. and U.S. publications such as the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Chicago Sun-Times and Christian Science Monitor.
“Apparently the British state is about to roll out the red carpet for a seriously evil rape facilitator,” O'Neil began his editorial on Sept. 13, referencing to the Holy Father's upcoming trip to the U.K. this week.
Quoting recent headlines, the commentator wrote that Pope Benedict XVI has been portrayed as “the boss of a church that acts as a 'patron, protector and financier of child rape'” and that allegedly “'over 10,000 people have come forward to say they were raped as part of this misery-go-round' overseen by His Holiness and His Lackeys.”