POLITICAL observations & opinions

* U.S. Catholic: regarding sexual abuses by Catholic priests, the Vatican hierarchy must come clean and instruct its dioceses to do the same

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 30, 2010

Bryan Cones writes in U.S. Catholic (3/29/10) …

  • Every day brings another headline on the sex abuse crisis unfolding in Europe and echoing again stateside.
  • And every time the hierarchy is responding in the absolute worst way possible.
    • Consider this from Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s Palm Sunday homily: The pope is suffering “the same unjust accusations, shouts of the mob and scourging at the pillar” and is “now being daily crowned with thorns by groundless innuendo.”
    • The Vatican’s defense of its conduct in the case of a Milwaukee priest who abused between 100 and 200 children is no more helpful, in effect amounting to an argument that the Holy See didn’t know about the case until long after the abuse took place.
  • It is clear that a form of defensive insanity has gripped some in the Vatican, and it is making matters worse.

the violation of a child is among the few “unforgiveable sins” in the secular world.

  • Any failure of leadership of this magnitude in most other institutions would have meant meant immediate dismissal, if not prosecution. Yet the sociopathic Milwaukee abuser managed to avoid canonical trial late in his life by begging to be allowed to live out his days in “the diginity of my priesthood.”
  • It is clear the Vatican does not understand that this scandal could well destroy the credibility of the Roman Catholic hierarchy for a generation.
  • The Holy See absolutely must come clean in every way possible and instruct dioceses to do the same by canonical force if necessary.
  • The pope, after all, enjoys universal jurisdiction in dioceses and can require bishops’ compliance by law.
  • What the pope and other bishops absolutely cannot do is “clarify,” “defend,” or blame the messenger (the media) for this crisis.

Read the entire article at … http://uscatholic.org/blog/2010/03/absolute-wrong-response-sex-abuse

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