Tuesday, December 8, 2009

IRELAND -> Calling Benedict XVI to Accountability to Remove RC Bishops Who “Enabled Child Sexual Abuse”->Time To Clean House-> Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

Open letter to nuncio calls on pope to remove bishops by GENEVIEVE CARBERY - The Irish Times

PROTEST: A SMALL group of lay Catholics delivered a letter to the office of the papal nuncio on Saturday calling on the pope to hold an inquiry into the failure of bishops to protect children.

The open letter to Pope Benedict also called on him to remove the bishops who “enabled abuse” and urged him to bring in a culture of accountability. Photo

During a protest at the apostolic nunciature in Dublin, the 10 protesters also called on papal nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza to apologise for the failure of his predecessor to co-operate with the Murphy commission. They also asked for him to fully co-operate with the commission from now on.

They were part of Voice of the Faithful Ireland, a group of Catholics that wants to see structural change in the church and a more active role for lay members.

An apology from Archbishop Leanza would show that he and the pope cared about how the bishops had “failed the Catholic children of Ireland”, Brian Maguire, a member of the group and a survivor of clerical abuse, said…

Mr Maguire also spoke …

“The more it goes on and the more we realise that they are not going to change anything about the way bishops are appointed and the way bishops are held accountable the more I think maybe I am just barking up the wrong tree,” he said. “But as long as I can I will keep going.”

Mr Ó Conaill said the papacy “has to understand that change is needed and that the model of church it is defending at the moment has betrayed children and therefore it has betrayed the church also.” Read complete article - by GENEVIEVE CARBERY - The Irish Times



Vatican summit on Irish sex abuse crisis

By JOHN L. ALLEN JR. – National Catholic Reporter

The two most senior prelates in Ireland will meet Pope Benedict XVI and top Vatican officials in Rome this Friday, Dec. 11, to discuss what a Vatican statement today called the "painful situation" related to publication of a damning recent report on sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.

Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, President of the Irish bishops' conference, and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin will meet the pope, along with Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, the papal nuncio, or ambassador, to Ireland.

reland, which is 95 percent Catholic, is currently locked in a national crisis over the Catholic church and sexual abuse, triggered by publication of the "Murphy Report" in late November. That report, authored by a government-created independent commission, examined sexual abuse in the Dublin archdiocese, and it came after completion of a similar study of abuse in Irish schools run by religious orders.

The conclusions in the Murphy Report did not paint church leaders in a positive light, asserting that at least until the mid-1990s, the priorities of the Dublin archdiocese "were the maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal, the protection of the reputation of the Church, and the preservation of its assets. All other considerations, including the welfare of children and justice for victims, were subordinated to these priorities."

The report cited one case of a priest who claimed he committed acts of abuse at least 100 times, and another who said that he did so once every two weeks for a period of 25 years. All told, the 720-page report cited 320 victims between 1975 and 2004, and 120 more who have come forward since.

Ther Murphy Report also asserted that the archbishops of Dublin during the period failed to respond adequately to complaints.

Today's Vatican statement did not offer any details about the agenda for the Dec. 11 meeting. One obvious parallel, however, is to an April 23-24, 2002, summit involving all the American cardinals, along with the officers of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, with senior Vatican officials to discuss the sexual abuse crisis in the United States. Read complete article - By JOHN L. ALLEN JR. – National Catholic Reporter


Related links:

Murphy report is only the beginningThe Sunday Times – Times Online, November 29, 2009

Murphy Report: Background And Compositionby PATSY MCGARRY AND CAROL COULTER – The Irish Times – November 27, 2009

Irish Catholic Church Covered Up Decades Of Child Abuse, Report Says – Huffington Post

Time for the faithful to choose our own bishops - VINCENT TWOMEY – The Irish Times

Bishop Donal Murray: Q&A – BBC News

Priests, police hid years of child sex abuse – ABC Online

A legacy of abuse and cover-up – Irish Times

Irish cleric calls for expulsion of the papal nuncio – BBC News

Pope to meet bishops over sex abuse report – UPI.com

Dublin child abuse report published – BBC News

Pope Benedict faces demand to dismiss Irish bishops in child abuse scandal – guardian.co.uk

Vatican 'ashamed' of Irish abuse report – BBC News

Scores seek help after abuse report – Washington Post

Vatican Scapegoats Gays and Leaves Criminals Unaccountable -Human Rights Campaign- September 15, 2002

Shifting the blame: the Vatican's campaign to purge gay men from Catholic seminaries is an attempt to shift the blame for the sexual abuse scandal away from the bishops - 2006

New Catholic Sex Abuse Findings: Gay Priests Are Not the Problemby DAVID GIBSON – Politics Daily - November 18, 2009

Report: Sexual orientation not a factor in priest sex abuse -Philadelphia Gay News - Jen Colletta

US Catholic Bishops threaten the moral 'fabric of society' and the sanctity Gay unions – 2009

Report: Homosexuality No Factor in Abusive Priests - By RACHEL ZOLL - ABC News – 2009

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