A pastoral letter agreed at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting November 2009, was formed without the input from a large number of qualified professionals and a significant number a diverse cross section of members of the laity. It is like the US Catholic Bishop gathering together to do open heart surgeries, however, not a surgeon in sight or any medical personnel to assist. If they proceed to do open heart surgeries on innocent unsuspecting individuals, they would be charged with committing crimes against humanity, like the Nazis were at the Nuremberg Trials[Photo]. The professionals allowed at the their meeting were the researchers from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of the gay Catholic group DignityUSA, called the report "very welcome news for gay people, gay priests, and our families and friends."She said the John Jay report confirms other studies in concluding that sexual orientation is not connected to pedophilia or other sex crimes. "We hope that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church will finally accept this finding, since it has been borne out through their own study," Duddy-Burke said. By Daniel Burke - National Catholic Reporter
However, this report given by these researchers stressing the fact that gay priests were not the problem in the child sexual abuse cases was rejected.
Bishops having this kind of judgment, makes it difficult to give any credence to the US Catholic Bishops Conference. And yet these bishops issue pronouncements that are not valid are dangerous and harmful to people. I would think that they would submit themselves to higher testings standards then drug companies do before a new drug is put on the market. They act like the hierarchy who condemned Galileo. Benedict XVI and his hierarchy do not feel the need to explain their pronouncements or to be subjected to any form of questionings or open debate. And yet their prime propose is to teach given to them by Chirst, which is quite different from their being authoritarian in their approach. An authoritarian approach gives no explanations about anything, it is not about teaching. Photo
Watching the Episcopal and Lutheran Churches conduct their general meetings this past summer 2009, they were truly catholic. Catholic meaning universal, they were more inclusive of the people who attended. Women played just as important of a role as did the men, this alone is a most basic reassuring aspect of their pronouncements. This is an authoritative approach, one that Christ insisted on of his disciples. The most glaring and obvious invalidation of the Roman Catholic Church general meeting of the US bishops is the absence of women.
Here again the Benedict XVI and his hierarchy can no more used the bible for their reason for the absence of women, than they could to insist that it is the sun that revolves around the earth. Again here too, there is no explanations given or any open debate allowed regarding the absence of women. This is not only, not catholic, it is not of Chirst. This too is harmful to all children and for everyone, because they are playing with only half a deck of cards. The fact that many people go along with this fits with what Chirst said about the blind leading the blind, they will all end up in a ditch. There is no sin in wanting an open and full debate on all issues with input from everyone, we would all learn so much more. However, under Benedict XVI and as Cardinal Ratzinger all opposing view points from theologians have been silenced or removed. There is no free of the press under Benedict XVI for the past some 30 years that is a sin. Benedict XVI and his hierarchy must not be convinced that they have the truth, if they are so afraid it will not stand up to the strongest opposition.
Pope John Paul II was a real conservative, meaning someone who holds out for truth even if it challenges his or her long established beliefs. Pope John Paul II was loved by millions, I believe because he was courageous in facing truth and wasn't afraid to admit when he learned that he was wrong. The issues of the ordination of women and renouning all the unsubstantiated antigay teachings would have followed in time because his foundation was built on truth. In 2000, his health declining, he made public apologies for the past horrific sins of Church's past. In 1992, he apologized publicly to Galileo stating that the Church was wrong for condeming Galileo that Galileo was right. He was able to make these public apologies because he did not rely his own knowledge to make decisions, but sought out knowledge from a diverse group of professionals. Pope John Paul II insisted on scientists being a part of all major committees in the Vatican, who then were all dismissed by Benedict XVI after he became pope, April 2005. John Paul II knew that gay priests were not the cause of the child sexual abuse cases, because the facts were clear then, as they are now. John Paul II did not let faith and science ever be separated, as Benedict XVI continually allows, which makes him seriously harmful, especially to children. Equally harmful to children is the blind obedience of many members of the laity, especially on the part of professionals, which is irresponsible and inexcusable. All will be held responsible by Chirst, as he warns in the Gospels. One cannot remain Catholic and remain in darkness.
The data, which was presented to the U.S. hierarchy on the second day of their annual meeting here, also appears to contradict the widely held view that homosexuals in the priesthood were largely responsible for the abuse.
US Conference of Catholic Bishops were hoping that their 2 million dollar research study of gay priests sexual behavior would vindicate themselves, the hierarchy from being charged with criminal neglect in their care of children, which they were proven to be “particularly guilty of covering up for those abusers.” The research study indicate that gay priests were not the problem. The problem was the irresponsible leadership of the hierarchy. They should be held accountable and charged as such.
A very important aspect that needs to be studied thoroughly by the laity is our church history regarding how a person becomes a bishop. Bishops are supposed to be elected by the people, not the Pope. This is why I referred to the Roman Catholic hierarchy as Benedict XVI's hierarchy, they are not representatives of the people. When was the last time you voted for a bishop. The particulars of electing a bishop are better explained by scholars.
All the windows of the Vatican need to be opened for public scrutiny. The Vatican needs to be transparent, especially with the decades of cover ups of the child sexual abuse cases and intimidation of the victims by the hierarchy. Our present pope and his hierarchy bring out all the problems and abuses that come from the change in how bishops are elected. There are no checks and balances in the Roman Catholic hierarchy and that is why the child sexual abuse cases were allowed to continued by the hierarchy for decades, along with 100's of other forms of abuses. The American hierarchy are also protected by the USA civil laws regarding the separation of Church and State. Millions of innocent children's lives are harmed by our neglect to protect them, by allowing the hierarchy to be appointed by the Pope. The way one becomes a bishop I am told is by "not making waves." This is not an example of Chirst, who made waves continually. The laity's ignorance is also responsible for all the child sexual abuse cases. Read and study! Save the "hot air" we will have plenty of it, if we do not begin protecting children, now.
Written by Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
Report: Sexual orientation not a factor in priest sex abuse -Philadelphia Gay News - Jen Colletta
Child Protection Service of the Archdiocese of Dublin, November 2009 -Report by Commission of Investigation into the handling by Church and State authorities of allegations and suspicions of child abuse against clerics of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. Read complete report->Report by Commission of Investigation into Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin
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