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Vatican: Pope Ready for ‘New Meetings’ With Sexual Abuse Victims

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Posted on Apr 9, 2010
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In a Vatican Radio broadcast on Friday, one Rev. Federico Lombardi, spokesman for the Holy See, announced that Pope Benedict XVI is ready to hold “new meetings” with victims of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy members, but at least one victims’ group with the highly memorable acronym of SNAP views the pope’s latest move as a self-serving strategy rather than a magnanimous gesture.  —KA

The Washington Post:

Benedict has already met with abuse victims during trips to the United States and Australia in 2008 and with Canadians at the Vatican the following year.

In a letter to the Irish in which he apologized for decades of unchecked child abuse by priests, nuns and other clerics, the pontiff said he was sorry for the suffering of the victims. He told the victims, “I know that nothing can undo the wrong you have endured.”

But the pope himself has come under fire for the handling of cases that date to his tenure as archbishop of Munich and as a Vatican cardinal in charge of the office dealing with abuse cases. And the Vatican’s offer of new meetings was dismissed by one group of abuse victims as a meaningless symbol.

“Any meeting the pope may have with victims helps him look good while doing nothing noteworthy,” said Barbara Dorris, the outreach director of US-based victim lobby SNAP.

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By Allan Krueger, April 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment

Perhaps this POPE is a PERV, too!

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By Mike, April 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm Link to this comment
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This is the same Pope who as a Cardinal told US clergy to deny communion to Kerry just before the 04’ election which helped move catholics towards Bush, helping him win re-election.

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By RAE, April 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment

Ooops! I meant “Old habits DRY hard,” of course.

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By RAE, April 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

Old habits die hard. I just got it.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, April 9, 2010 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment
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There is one simple reason for the now world-wide cover up of sex abuse within the catholic church.  According to church dogma, it is God Himself who conducts the mass through the human agency of the priest.  Nearly all of the accused in these cases have been parish priests who officiated at mass on a regular basis.  The question that the vatican does not want asked is, why would God choose to act through a priest who had just had his hands on a child?  To keep that question from being asked is the reason for the cover up.

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By melpol, April 9, 2010 at 12:20 pm Link to this comment

The pedophilia problem in the Catholic church will never be solved until a few
questions have been answered.
Why would a young, intelligent and attractive man give up the pleasures of sex to
become a priest?
Is it possible that those applying for the priesthood have found it impossible to
get an erection?
Why would most priests be sexually interested in only young boys, girls and not
adults?
Should an applicant for the priesthood be tested for his ability to get an erection
with an adult before being ordained?

We need a person as wise as King Solomon to answer these questions.

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By Big B, April 9, 2010 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment

The Catholic church is broken beyond repair. It is the 21st century and high time we cast this cult into the flaming pit where it belongs. The legacy of the catholic church is one of murder, rape, hipocracy, war, the supression of science and jism cover altar boys. It is an 11th century christian cult whose leaders should be hunted down and beaten with the bastindo, set on fire, cut into pieces, and fed to the fishes.

There is no chance for redemtion now. Hundreds of thousands of children (perhaps millions over the centuries) have been penetrated by catholic priests. There can be no redemption, no fixing this abomination.

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By melvin polatnick, April 9, 2010 at 11:51 am Link to this comment
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The pedophilia problem in the Catholic church will never be solved until a few questions have been answered.
Why would a young, intelligent and attractive man give up the pleasures of sex to become a priest?
Is it possible that those applying for the priesthood have found it impossible to get an erection?
Why would most priests be sexually interested in only young boys, girls and not adults?
Should an applicant for the priesthood be tested for his ability to get an erection with an adult before being ordained?

We need a person as wise as King Solomon to answer these questions.

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By skulz fontaine, April 9, 2010 at 11:23 am Link to this comment

So would “Pope” be arcane Latin for ‘cover up’?

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