Comments on: Pope apologizes for “unspeakable crimes” of sexual abuse Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: JoeyAdvocate1 Sun, 19 Sep 2010 16:48:13 +0000 As a victim of sexual abuse by clergy myself, I can say that the hollow apologies by the Pope do absolutely nothing toward correcting the problem, protecting children, or for healing wounds. I wrote to Cardinal Ratzinger when I was involved in a lawsuit against the church in San Francisco in 2005,and asked him to remove the predator who molested me from a Catholic grammar school. Ratzinger left the priest who molested me in ministry with access to children clear up to the day of the jury guilty verdict I won against the priest in court.
Actions speak louder than words, and cleverly written apologies are nothing but validation that the Pope can read and write. If the Pope truly wanted to correct the atrocities and violations committed by the abusers in his
syndicate, he would remove all of the clerical abusers, and all of the bishops and cardinals who protected, promoted, shuffled, and harbored them.
But this has not happened, and never will. The clever hierarchy of the church will continue the hollow apology strategy for as long as there are those who still tolerate it.

By: longleyr Sun, 19 Sep 2010 14:07:33 +0000 The latest apology by the Pope fell more than a little short by most estimates. Groups dealing with clergy abuse have almost unanimously expressed their disappointment with the latest papal remarks. It is a start, but not what people are looking for. So what is it that people need?

Clergy sexual abuse is unique in one key aspect. Most child sexual abuse ultimately destroys a trusted relationship. Clergy abuse falls into this category as well, but there are actually two relationships that are damaged. The first is the relationship with the abuser, and second is the relationship with the church.

Apologies are nice, but even good apologies in this case really don’t solve the problem. Most victims aren’t really looking for apology. They are looking for validation of what happened to them, assurances that this will never happen again, and they would like to repair the relationships that can be repaired.

This is where the Catholic Church has dropped the ball. The strategy in the past has been one of containment. It has cost them the trust of their members, and millions in legal fees. What they need is transparency, because this is the basis of reestablishing trust. And here is the hope for clergy abuse victims. The trust with their abuser may have been destroyed, but the church can build a safe environment where past victims can trust again. This is more than apology. It’s what victims are looking for. provides additional suggestions for dealing with sexual abuse.

By: neilcadman Sun, 19 Sep 2010 10:09:37 +0000 Clerical immorality was one of the causes of the Reformation, it is nothing new. Apologies will not get rid of it. But other apologies are overdue. In Britain, the Pope condemned today’s atheists likening them to the Nazi’s in WW2. But that is not what the Catholic Church was saying in Nazi Germany. There are abundant photo’s available of Nazi involvement with the Catholic Church and Catholic Franz von Papen, the second in command to Hitler, put the essence of the Hitler-Vatican alliance very succinctly in these words: “The Third Reich,” he said, “is the first power which not only recognizes, but puts into practice, the high principles of the Papacy.”
Two important apologies must be given;
Apology One. An apology for signing a concordat with Hitler is in order. The concordat was conducted in secret before Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. For widespread MATERIAL concessions for the Catholic Church in Germany, the Holy See guaranteed that German Catholics would refrain from all partisan political activity. This involved the disbandment, by papal directive, of the German Centre [Catholic] Party. “Within days of the Concordat, Hitler began his round-up of the Jews.
Apology Two. In July, 1997, a documentary film crew discovered a US government document stating that the pro-Nazi Croatian Ustachis sent gold coins worth 250 million Swiss francs to the Vatican which was later used to finance the “rat line” of fleeing Nazi leaders to sanctuary in Spain and Argentina. The Church of Rome needs to explain why it facilitated the escape of SS Nazis to South America in view of its claimed support for the Jews, and give profuse apologies to God, the Jews, the British, the Americans and everyone who fought against the Nazis.
Jesus says, “You will know them by their fruits.”

By: JohnBS1 Sun, 19 Sep 2010 06:12:02 +0000 The popes apologies have not brought support to myself or to any other survivor I know. In fact each of us only feels deceived and used once again.

The staggering part is that so many Catholics feel that is all that is necessary to say so that they can continue on in this socially destructive manner – ooops we are sorry, let us tell you how to live your life!

The following gives a present day view and understanding of the experience of survivors of clergy abuse and the continuing cover up. my-lifetime

Be shocked by the global estimates of the numbers of those sexually abused by Catholic clergy. ing-the-numbers-global.php#stats

By: KayEbeling Sun, 19 Sep 2010 03:30:04 +0000 Pope calls Pedophile Priest Crimes Unspeakable, but he is the one not speaking. The Pope is the one who worked to get victims not to speak through gag orders in early settlements. The Pope is the one overseeing pension payments to retired pedophile priests like Oliver O’Grady, assuring the priests don’t speak. The Pope is the one orchestrating the battle to keep Church documents from being released to Courts, law enforcement, and the news media, so yes, to him pedophile priest crimes are “unspeakable.”
Read more at at City of Angels Blog written by a survivor of these crimes who is also a journalist