Comments on: Focus turns to pope as German, Dutch sex abuse scandals unfold Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: newsb Thu, 25 Mar 2010 20:16:53 +0000 Is this one of the all time travesties for the church to undermine the seriousness of these crimes, check out it show in real time (graphs) people who supports the church there are some sick puppies out there

By: Ninetynine Wed, 24 Mar 2010 16:33:19 +0000 Listening to Public Broadcasting on this scandal last week, I heard a German lady who was raped by a priest mention that ‘now that he’s old, he may not be a danger’….wrong, wrong, wrong! Age is no guarantee that his sex life is over at all! With Viagra, Cialis, and other ED drugs, men in their 90’s are totally active with sex and remain a danger to children and women in their environment. Do not mistake these old priests as being safe…they are not now and never were…and they are protected by the Roman Catholic Church worldwide, completely complicit in their decades of criminal sexual assault on all their parishoners, men, women and especially children! A word of warning to Catholics worldwide.

By: karenveni Fri, 19 Mar 2010 10:30:08 +0000 I am disgusted by the arrogance that allows the Catholic church to say that THEIR pedophiles aren’t criminals. And reports that these pedophile priests are now too old to prosecute! Why is that relevant? Their punishment, after all these years, is not getting to say Mass?

And their accomplices? The bishops et. al. that shipped them around and covered up? That criminal behavior, because they’re religious, isn’t for the law of the land to decide?

Then the question as to whether the pope is involved has an obvious answer. As head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he set cover up and threatening the victims as routine policy. Then, he has staffed an office of 10 as the ONLY ones to investigate. By their own figures, what?, they’ve covered maybe 30% of reported cases in the last decade? That’s not rhetoric, but damn lame fact.

Maybe Benedict could divert some of the staff he sent over to investigate American nuns (!!)to investigating crimes.

This is what you get with a “Christain nation?” The church/state collusion in Ireland, and the moral bankruptcy of the Catholic church should warn everyone of the Founders’ wisdom in their separation of church and state. (Quick, how many of our Supreme Court justices are Catholic?)

The Catholic Church has lost its moral authority when men are more important than children and all they offer is “They did it too” and “we’re working hard, in secret, to fix the problem – trust us” and “women can’t be priests” and “priests can’t marry” and my personal favorite, and “Those were different times”

DIFFERENT TIMES was only 25 years ago – well, the Irish debacle lasted into the 90’s. But if the church didn’t know better in the 80s, shame on its wise, male, infallible leadership. They need to come clean.

By: SMPTURLISH Thu, 11 Mar 2010 13:35:59 +0000 WHERE DOES THE BUCK STOP

In a press release by the Holy See’s Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., on March 9, 2010, ”concerning cases of the sexual abuse of minors in ecclesiastical institutions,” Lombardi parrots the Holy See’s predictable responses to the church’s widening problems of sexual abuse, particularly that of minor children.

The institutional Roman Catholic church has reacted to the continuing sexual abuse debacle neither rapidly nor decisively, contrary to what Lombardi states.

The Vatican has attempted to distance itself from what has happened in country after country, first categorizing it as an “American problem,” then as a ”homosexual problem.”

What was done by church leadership in the United States, for example, it was forced to do by the pressure of public opinion after records, files and correspondence were forced into the public venue in 2002 by Judge Constance M. Sweeney, a very brave, grounded and principled Catholic woman in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Sister Maureen Paul Turlish
Victims’ Advocate
New Castle, Delaware, USA