Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Pope Urges Irish Bishops to Confront Sex Abuse - By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO and ALAN COWELL – New York Times / International Herald Tribune

ROME — Pope Benedict XVI urged Irish bishops on Tuesday to show “determination and resolve” in confronting the sexual abuse scandal convulsing the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland but made no explicit call for the punishment of those who perpetrated what he called a “heinous crime.”

After two days of closed-door conversations between the pope and Irish bishops, a Vatican statement said the scandal had ignited a “grave crisis,” which had “led to a breakdown in trust in the church’s leadership.”

But the statement seemed unlikely to satisfy victims of abuse who had called for more resignations of senior clerics involved in covering up decades of sexual abuse of children and young people by priests.

Even as the Vatican talks were under way, John Kelly, the founder of a victims’ group called Irish Survivors of Child Abuse, wrote in a letter to the pope made public in London, “The secular powers in Ireland appear paralyzed to bring to civil justice some of those who carried out acts of horrific abuse as well as those who assisted by acts of omission or even outright collusion after the fact. Read complete article - By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO and ALAN COWELL – New York Times / International Herald Tribune

Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

"Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well-considered, and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child's spirit." Erik Erikson

Background links:

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

Confidential letter reveals Ratzinger ordered bishops to keep allegations secret - by Jamie Doward – - The Observer - 2005

Pope 'led cover-up of child abuse by priests' – London Evening Standard – - 2006 - KIDS ARE BEING HURT !!!

This about the reckless endangerment of children in a calculated, purposeful strategy to protect the institutional Church - By Jason Walsh - The Christian Science Monitor – - December 2, 2009

Facts About Homosexuality and Child Molestation, Dr. Gregory Herek, University of California at Davis & Yale University & City University of New York

What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality. "Interpreting the Bible" Daniel Helminiak, STL, PhD.

Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

Related links:

…“the Vatican has accepted no responsibility for its role in facilitating the sexual abuse of children,” By ROBERT MACKEY – New York Times News

After Clergy Abuse Scandals, Ireland Needs a New St. Patrick – by David Gibson – Politics Daily

Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

RC hierarchy child sexual abuse “cover-ups” ordered by Benedict XVI to avoid public outrage & criminal charges falsely accused gay priests, WATERGATE? –December 17, 2009 – Revised January 15, 2010

Ratzinger, Hurley, Maida & Accomplices – January 29, 2010

Benedict XVI & accomplices in Fear as -> “Obama signs hate-crimes bill” by Rex Wockner – Nov. 2009

Important note: I mean no disrespect to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and well-being of children. Kids are being hurt!!!

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