The Church should call on science — preventing new Father Murphy scandals

For Years, Deaf Boys Tried to Tell of Priest’s Abuse

They were deaf, but they were not silent. For decades, a group of men who were sexually abused as children by the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy at a school for the deaf in Wisconsin reported to every type of official they could think of that he was a danger, according to the victims and church documents

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/27/us/27wisconsin.html?ref=global-home

Staring Abuse Straight in the Face

After Years of Suffering, Former Students of St. John’s School for the Deaf Confront the Priest Who Assaulted Them As Boys, Demanding He Accept Blame

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2006/03_04/2006_03_27_Zahn_StaringAbuse.htm

The Catholic Church (and all organizations where the “wolves can hide out among the sheep”) should use brain scanning technology to help recognize sociopaths.  Of course this could also be extended to applicants for “belly to the bar”, “snout in the public trough” jobs such as politicians and union officials.  It absolutely should be used in parole decisions regarding pedophiles, rapists and murderers (indeed, some could be sent straight from prison to mental hospitals — or if legal evidence is not sufficient sent straight to mental hospitals).

Abnormal Brain Region Characterizes Those With Psychopathy

The amygdala has been found to be smaller in psychopathic individuals than in nonpsychopathic ones. A smaller amygdala might explain why psychopathic individuals lack empathy and are not fearful.

Adrian Raine, D.Phil., chair of criminology at the University of Pennsylvania, has a passion. It is peering into the brains of antisocial people to see whether their brains differ from those of people who are not antisocial.

He is finding that such a difference does in fact exist.

http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/44/20/17.2.full

More information on Raine’s work can be found here:  http://www.zoominfo.com/people/Raine_Adrian_2506012.aspx

Kent Kiehl has done extensive work with a mobile MRI scanner in prisons.  His work:  http://www.zoominfo.com/Search/ReferencesView.aspx?PersonID=24001607

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