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Pope Places Blame for Sex Abuse on Catholic Church

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Posted on May 11, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI
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While other officials from the Catholic Church (ahem, Bill Donohue) have hesitated, to say the least, to look within the church for the source of the clergy sex abuse scandal, Pope Benedict XVI has apparently seen the light. During a visit to Portugal on Tuesday, the pope put a point on it by declaring that “the greatest persecution of the church does not come from enemies on the outside but is born from the sins within the church.” It’s about time, there, Benedict.  —KA

The Telegraph:

The Vatican has been strongly criticised for trying to apportion blame elsewhere and there was outrage when a close ally of the pope, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, last month dismissed the child abuse allegations as “petty gossip”.

In some of his strongest comments yet on the crisis which has dismayed Catholics around the world, the 83-year-old pontiff said that while the Church had suffered from problems of its own making in the past, the scale of the present challenge today was “truly terrifying”.

“The church needs to profoundly relearn penitence, accept purification, learn forgiveness but also the necessity of justice,” he said.

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By Jan, May 20, 2010 at 7:50 am Link to this comment
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Agree with Franscisco.  The time for the cover-up of the cover-up should have arrived at least 10 years ago and acknowledgement of one’s own sin/crime and cover-up should be made. 
Teachers (including moral leaders) will be judged more strickly (James 3:1).
If the Bible was followed (1 Cor 5 & 6) and I believe Canon Law, the blame game wouldn’t be played and the abuse wouldn’t have happened for 100 years.
Only when the secular media brought this horrible grave sin into the light, did the hierarchy do something (ie. reacted in 2002 with screening people, etc.) while the rest of the world was hidden until now.  God will judge us for every creature as Hebrews 4:13 states.
To resist the civil authorities is to resist God (see Ro 13:1-7).  I don’t recall Jesus needing a lawyer.

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By Ed-e, May 12, 2010 at 8:08 am Link to this comment
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“These out and out attacks on both the church and the Pope are morally wrong.”

1) What is wrong is child molestation by anyone.

2) What is wrong is a policy of hiding it and threatening anyone that discloses this.

3) What is wrong is that the man who now claims to be the vicar of christ on earth could not even hold on to his moral convictions for the sake of protecting innocent children.

4) what is wrong is that he believed in protecting a human institution rather than the higher ideals it was meant to stand for.

5) I am not an outsider and I do feel pain and disapointment. What is the point of a church deprived of its raison d’etre, which is to protect, on many different levels, the poor. Instead of wasting your time on fruitless tasks like saving human instituions, cultivate the ideals that it has abbandoned. Ask (god, existence, etc.) to lead you where you need to go, and dont have preconceived notions about where it can take you. gl and good discussion.

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By Lauren Unruh, May 12, 2010 at 5:35 am Link to this comment
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Here is a link to your free copy of a non-fiction book available on the internet.
Please share it with all your friends.

Three used/new paperback copies of this book are available priced at $200
(used), $995 (used) and $900 (new). I highly recommend reading this free online
version to everyone who wants to understand just what the pope and his friends
are covering up. It is not JUST the rape of children, it is even worse than that.

Please, read the book,

Lucifer’s Lodge: Satanic Ritual Abuse in the Catholic Church

Here is a site with some book reviews of the same book,

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By William W. Wexler, May 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm Link to this comment

Imagine no religion…

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By faultroy, May 11, 2010 at 7:15 pm Link to this comment

These out and out attacks on both the church and the Pope are morally wrong. While I too decry the molestations that have occured, the reactions are totally over the top. Years ago when these molestations occured, people did not run to the police. Even today, 95% of child abuse occurs by someone either in the immediate family or very close friends. So by calling the authorities, one is in the horrible situation of turning in a loved one that may even further complicate whatever psychological damage that may have occured Furthermore, the church’s position on Penance and punishment is such that by cofessing you are in essence communicating with God in the sense that the priest inside a Confessional takes on the role of witness and hands punishment as if you were communicating with God in both announcing and renouncing your penchant for Sin. This intimate relationship with the perpetrator and the belief that ALL SINS can be forgiven by God puts these priests and Administrators in a very awkward position. As far as the bishops go, the Catholic Church has well over 1 Billion members. In years past, one did not automatically get monetary damages.
This is a relatively recent phenomenon. There is no telling how many of these charges are false because of the monetary payouts. Why not pass a law denying monetary payments to “victims” to see how many come forth? Then there is the issue as to who is actually paying these monetary sums—it’s the innocent parish goers—the poor attending church that are actually paying the payouts. They are also victims. The people invariably making these criticisms are individuals that do not go to Church or play an active part in the Church. They certainly have a right to voice their opinions, but they are outsiders and do not know of what they speak and do so not out of pain and disappointment, but out of spite and meanspiritedness.

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By Big B, May 11, 2010 at 5:55 pm Link to this comment

All you good catholics out there who gave money to the church this week are scum. You are enabling the molestation to continue.

See you in hell.

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By ralph, May 11, 2010 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment
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These are not “sins”, but crimes, and the pope and cardinals should be tried in a court of law, along with all the rest of the bunch.

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By Francisco, May 11, 2010 at 11:23 am Link to this comment
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In one sense, yeah. It was about time, but for a
Catholic, this should be, at best, a wishy washy
declaration. Instead of referring to “the church” as
the origin of “sins” that clearly refer to the sexual
abuse scandal, he should have been clear: “The
hierarchy of the church” is where this sin comes from.
The majority of “the church” were, actually, potential
victims of abuse. It is like a shepherd blaming the
sheep for its misconduct.
In sum, all Ratzinger said was common sense and wishy
washy, at best.

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By mozer1, May 11, 2010 at 10:53 am Link to this comment

How can they blame someone else for their actions!
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