Chances are, you haven’t heard this story elsewhere. Though silence is compliance.

It’s monstrous and it should be getting widespread attention. It would, if it involved the church. Instead, it’s a well-kept secret in Hollywood.

One famous former child actor has described widespread pedophilia as the longtime “big secret” in Hollywood, where he said older male Hollywood magnates surrounded child actors “like vultures.”

“I can tell you that the number one problem in Hollywood was, and is, and always will be pedophilia,” actor Corey Feldman told ABC News’ “Nightline” August 10.

Feldman, who began his television career at the age of three, and is known for his roles in movies such as Gremlins and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, said the “casting couch” – a term to describe trading sex for roles – applied even to some of the youngest Hollywood stars.

“It’s not done the same way – it’s all done under the radar,” said Feldman. “It’s the big secret.”

No more snips. This is horrifying. How can anyone who knew of this not raised alarms?

“Catholics, in particular, would love to know why the ho-hum reaction to Feldman’s admission: Is it because reporters have long known of widespread child molestation in Hollywood and have an unwritten rule not to press the issue? If so, the reaction to miscreant priests appears contrived.”

This is criminal, at best. Last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron said ‘there are segments of society that aren’t just broken, they’re sick.’ That’s naming it. Calling evil what it is unmasks it. Now fix it. Fast. And protect the children, for crying out loud.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....