The Common Good

Suffer the Little Children: Crime and Punishment at Penn State

Date: July 26, 2012

This is one of the clearest examples of a fundamental moral problem in our society -- the protection of an institution has become more important than the lives of innocent children.

That is exactly what happened at Penn State. The heinous crimes of a disgusting child abuser were institutionally covered up and allowed to go on, while people who knew or suspected looked the other way. And it was all done to protect the enormous influence and lucrative financial profits of a dominant football program, and the reputations of powerful men -- including the legendary Paterno.