November 8, 2011
Penn State football and the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal
More and more disturbing news seems to be coming out of Happy Valley every day. First we heard this weekend that the Penn State athletic director had been indicted for allegedly covering up accusations of sexual abuse by a former defensive coordinator. Then details of the alleged abuse, as told to the grand jury, were released. In all of this, it’s been difficult not to think of the Catholic Church and its sexual abuse scandal.
While there clearly are differences—E.D. Kain focuses on fact that “Penn State is not some extreme religious order”—there are a lot of similarities. Failure to report allegations to police is one. A potential cover up is another.
Some of these go to the idea of football as religion.
Mark Silk explains the effect of the Church of Happy Valley:
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