POLITICAL observations & opinions

* only Catholics can rid their Church of pedophiles and their enablers

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 2, 2010


  • Only Catholics can reform their Church and bring to justice those criminals (monsignors, bishops, cardinals, popes) who have covered up and are still keeping hidden the criminal acts of Catholic priests.
  • Only Catholics can stop the Church leadership from allowing the sexual molestation of innocent and powerless children to go on and on and on.
    • Catholics can refuse to contribute any more money until the Church shows real evidence of submitting its criminals to appropriate prosecution.
    • Catholics can picket and protest outside every Mass service until the Church purges itself of its criminal and morally unfit leadership.
    • Catholics can insist that the obscene wealth of the Church, so contrary to the words and spirit of Jesus Christ, should be used to make restitution to the victims of its predatory priests.
  • The actions of millions of Catholics can save the Church by restoring its presumed moral standing
  • Failure of Catholics to act may mean the death knell of an institution which is still so important to so many people.

German archbishop says church failed abuse victims

By JUERGEN BAETZ and VERONIKA OLEKSYN, Associated Press Writers9 mins ago

  • The head of Germany’s Roman Catholic bishops said in an unusually forthright Good Friday statement that the church in the pope’s homeland failed to help victims of clerical sex abuse because it wanted to protect its reputation.
  • A victims’ group that runs a new hot line in Austria said that dozens of people had reported new allegations of sexual abuse by priests and Catholic church employees, and about 100 others had described verbal or physical mistreatment.
  • In Italy, the prosecutor who oversees sex-crime cases in Milan told the Il Giornale newspaper that there is a long list of priests who are under investigation for alleged sex abuse. He did not elaborate.
  • Clerics have neglected helping abuse victims by a “wrongly intended desire to protect the church’s reputation,” Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg said on the day that Christians commemorate thecrucifixion of Jesus Christ.
  • Reports of new cases have been cropping up almost daily in neighboring Austria, where the country’s top Catholic, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, held a service for victims and acknowledged church guilt in the controversy this week.
  • Austria’s Platform Of Those Affected By Church Violence — a group that includes victims, psychologists, psychiatrists and lawyers — said about 150 people had called a new hot line, with about a third claiming they had been sexually abused and the rest reporting physical or verbal abuse.
  • Cardinal Karl Lehman, the bishop of the German city of Mainz, echoed Zollitsch’s tough stance and called perpetrators of sexual abuse traitors of the gospel. “They weaken and betray the gospel of Jesus Christ who himself has put a special emphasis on the children,” he said is his homily.
  • In 1980, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope, allowed a pedophile priest to be transferred from the northwestern city of Essen to undergo therapy in Munich, where he was then archbishop.
  • Italian prosecutor Pietro Forno said that once investigations have gotten under way, church officials have never tried to interfere or hinder the probes.
  • But he added, “In the many years that I have dealt with this, never — and I stress, never — have I received a single complaint from bishops, or priests. And that’s a bit odd.”
  • On Holy Thursday, cardinals across Europe used their sermons to defend Pope Benedict XVI from accusations he played a role in covering up sex abuse scandals, and an increasingly angry Vatican sought to deflect any criticism in the Western media.

read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100402/ap_on_re_eu/eu_church_abuse

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