At the moment I'm getting pretty disgusted with the Catholic Church.
As more and more cases of world-wide abuse surface, what with Ireland's abuse finally being officially recognized, abuses in Germany, France, Wisconsin and now even in Mexico, a predominantly Catholic country, we've been shown signs and evidence of more cover-ups, failed responsibility, and putting the safety and comfort of abusers above the safety and lives of children. In each case there's been evidence of cover-up as priests are moved around, internal charges dismissed by higher-ups, and ignoring the recommendations of psychologists and other professionals. In the case of Wisconsin the priest in question wrote to Ratzinger to say he'd asked for God's forgiveness and begged Ratzinger to intercede by dismissing a church trial to investigate the allegations of him abusing children (and possible censure and punishment).
Aw, he said he was sorry and so he didn't get punished for molesting over 200 children, deaf children. Two hundred lives irrevocably altered by that monster and he gets off scott-free by his superiors because he prayed to their god and asked Ratzinger to intercede.
Ratzinger, or someone he was responsible for, did intercede, telling the diocese of Wisconsin to not hold the trial; there was no church trial and the guy got away with it, regardless of whether or not he died a few months later.
All of this is coming to light and what do we get? Yes, the pope has said he's very
sorry, that he's working very
hard on this issue of the fact that priests are molesting children but, you know what? Isn't this the same man who was head of the modern Inquisition, the man whose office was responsible for moving a priest in Germany after it was believed he'd molested some boys and was notified that he'd resumed priestly activities? The same man who was then convicted of molesting children a few years later?
Yeah, I'm sorry, but an apology from a guy like that carries as much water with me as cullender.
People, finally I think, are waking up to the fact that this wasn't just an "American" problem like it was believed to be a few years ago, that this is, in fact, a systemic issue with examples across the globe. People are starting to ask questions and I think it's appalling what the Church's response has been.
In response to a lawyer wanting to question the pope in regards to particular molestation cases
the Church argues that the pope has immunity in such trials as a head of state.
In other articles Ratzinger's replacement passes the buck from the office who was in charge of handling abuse cases back to the dioceses who reported the issues.
Crazier voices in the church are trying to claim it's all the devil's fault that people are daring to question the Church.
What's the church's response to allegations that a priest, now bishop, abused children at a church-run home> To call such allegations as ridiculous.
Considering the admission by the church of so much other abuse, after blanket-denying there was a problem, does anyone else see an issue with such a casual dismissal of such claims?
Article after article from the church that boils down to "How dare you hold the head of the organization responsible for what the organization does!" I'm sorry, but if I do something stupid at work people would and should go to my superior as they are the one responsible and if the man who is now pope was the person in charge of examining the scores of abuse cases that are now being acknowledged as being handled incompetently, then we should hold him responsible and demand answers from him; doubly so now that he's the head of everything Catholic.
Here's the thing that gets me: in the third article Cardinal Levada talks about all the abuse cases he handles and what I want to know is how many of those cases have been handed over to civil authorities for investigation? How many possible molesters are out there that the church knows about who haven't been reported to the police? It's the police, not the church, that is to investigate and identify crime. If the church wants to have its own pointless trials to decide what it does as a body to the priest in question as it stands to that person remaining a priest, fine, but that should never replace the involvement of the authorities in the protection of people.
For all of the good that the Church has done and does, they aren't winning any sympathy or credit with me on this topic. The Church should be doing everything in its power to give the authorities information on the priests who have and do molest children but it seems that they're more interested in trying to do damage control over their already soiled reputation in this regard. An apology without action is so much hot air over your lungs and thus far all I'm seeing are apologies and promises to do better in the future. Question is, didn't they promise to protect those kids in the first place?