The abuse problem within the Catholic Church has made me feel like not participating anymore. I haven't been to church in years, other than a celebration that I was invited to attend. I debated for a couple of months on getting back involved and talked it over with some loved ones. I finally decided to give it a go. That very day the front of the paper reported a story of another priest, this one in Indiana, that had been discovered as abusive with children. I changed my mind right there and again.
As far as the abuse goes, I can accept that as tragic and sad circumstances. People have been taking advantage of their power and strength over women and children since the beginning of time. What I could not accept from the Church was that they covered it up and even allowed it to continue in some cases. This was unacceptable to me, even in as much as an important part of my life wasn't getting fulfilled.
In comparison to AA it isn't the same, but it IS very similar. At one time I thought the program would be able to help me. I wasn't sure how, but I believed what I was told - That I'd get straight and stay clean in AA/NA. If I had indeed found the program helpful and the "promises" had come true, I still couldn't stay and work the steps or participate in the meetings. I wouldn't be able to do it and sleep well at night or hold my head up during the day.
Sure as shit, AA in comparison to the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, the working environment, etc, are very similar. Even if they weren't, the AA Organization is capable and in the position of making the program and fellowship a safer and close to respectable place. Yet they are trying the same tactic of the Church and the Boy Scouts. "Shhhh! Maybe if we're quiet and stay in denial it will go away".
I don't understand how so many people keep going back and support AA with all of the atrocities that occur and the complete lack of compassion or effort to try and make it "right".