Sex abuse scandals shake Church but not faith

April 7, 2010
pew

Catholics at Easter Mass at the Beijing Southern Catholic Church April 3, 2010/Petar Kujundzic

Sexual abuse by clerics and accusations of cover-up have rocked the Roman Catholic Church and disturbed churchgoers around the world, but many believers say the scandals have not shaken their faith.  From Rome to Rio de Janeiro, Paris to Dublin and from Warsaw and Washington, Easter sermons were overshadowed by allegations of priests molesting children, especially in Europe and the United States, and the Church’s mishandling of the crisis.

Across Pope Benedict’s native Germany, hundreds of long-concealed reports of sexual abuse have emerged and shattered a notion abuse was only a U.S. and Irish problem.  “It’s the greatest loss of confidence in the Catholic Church since the Hitler era,” said Christa Nickels, a member of the Central Committee of German Catholics and a Greens party leader.

In Bethlehem, where Christians believe Jesus was born, Mayor Victor Batarseh, himself a Catholic, said Church members were ashamed of the abuse carried out by priests.  “His holiness the pope should give a straightforward answer to all these things that have been done by some of the priests in the Catholic Church,” he said.

In New York, churchgoers at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan said they too were appalled and saddened.  “My confidence is shaken that they are not doing all that is necessary but I think that’s changing now,” said a man named Tom, 57, who asked that his surname not be used. “It’s disappointed me greatly. It hasn’t shaken my faith.”

Read the full story here.

Follow FaithWorld on Twitter at RTRFaithWorld

2 comments

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/

Is this article based on someones imagination or fact? A person “Tom” is quoted which would mean a scientific sampling of ONE to come to the conclusion of the headline.

Come on Reuters — report FACT, not FICTION or your own credibility will fall like that of the church. This is a very important matter with global implications. Sample a thousand people, then come back to the public with REAL news.

Posted by JJWest | Report as abusive

There’s a link there to the full story, which is based on more than one source. It would be helpful if readers read the whole story before firing off baseless accusations.