I just finished reading a disgusting news story about how the Catholic Church handles child raping priests:
Tomasi said that since 2004, more than 3,400 credible cases of abuse had been referred to the Vatican, including 401 cases in 2013 alone. He said that over the last decade, 848 priests had been defrocked, or returned to the lay state by the pope. Another 2,572 were sentenced to a lifetime of penance and prayer or some other lesser sanction, which is often used when the accused priest is elderly or infirm.
Acknowledging the high number of priests sanctioned with the lesser punishment, Tomasi said it still amounted to disciplinary action and that the abuser is “just put in a place where he doesn’t have any contact with the children.”
That’ll teach them! Go and pray in a corner and think about what you’ve done!
Tomasi goes on to say:
“I think we have crossed a threshold so to say in our evolution of the approach to these problems,” he concluded. “It’s clear that the issue of sexual abuse of children, which is a worldwide plague and scourge, has been addressed in the last 10 years by the church in a systematic, comprehensive, constructive way.”
Only a religious institution could get away with saying such crap about raping children.
No Mr. Tomasi, the church hasn’t handled the sexual abuse of children in a ‘systematic, comprehensive, constructive way’. What the church has done is cover it up and move these rapists around so that they could victimize more children so that your religious organization didn’t have to face criticism.
Your religious order deemed your reputation more important than the children who were there for spiritual guidance. Your organization preaches about morals and ethics, yet victimizes and re-victimizes children who were raped by your priests.
You know what would have been constructive?
The second your religious organization heard about a child being raped, they would have immediately reported it to the proper authorities. You would have given the alleged offender to the police, who would have then built a case and prosecuted them. If they were found guilty, they would have received the punishment they were due.
Instead you sheltered and hid them. You allowed them to find a new batch of victims and you turned a blind eye to what was going on beneath your very noses. All the while, your priests continued to stand in front their congregations and preach morality to the rest of us. You continued to claim your pope was God’s representative on Earth and your followers continued (and still continue) to put their hard-earned money in the collection plate.
There is no political spin that can make what your organization did better.
How anyone can put even one red cent into the collection plate of a Catholic Church is completely beyond me. Every time your organization addresses the public, it should be to apologize for the harm its caused.
Instead, the Catholic Church decided it was a good idea to make the Pope who was in charge while thousands of children were raped a Saint:
“It’s time for the Vatican to stop honouring those who enabled wrongdoing,” said Barbara Blaine, the president of the Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), which represents 18,000 people from 79 countries who were sexually abused by members of the Catholic Church.
“There is irrefutable documentary evidence to show that John Paul II refused to take action that would have protected children during his 27-year papacy. Thousands of victims were abused because John Paul refused to read the reports he was receiving,” said Mrs Blaine, from the US.
What a slap in the face to the victims. What an absolute outrage.