Sunday, April 11, 2010

Catholics disappointed with Vatican's handling of sexual-abuse scandals – by Charley Honey | The Grand Rapids Press

Catholics want a pastor for a pope, not a politician.

That’s the sense I am getting from watching the latest wave of the sexual-abuse scandal flood the church and lap right up to the feet of Pope Benedict XVI.

Amid the stunning revelations of new abuse accusations and alleged cover-ups by Benedict and other prelates, the pope seems hidden from view behind Vatican bureaucrats circling the wagons.

Cardinal Angelo Sodano’s dismissal of the allegations as “petty gossip” during the Easter Mass at St. Peter’s Square, while Benedict listened wearily, most strikingly showed the Vatican trying to put PR spin on a crisis that calls for humble pastoral candor from the pope.

Vatican looks defensive

The more Vatican officials try to paint this as an anti-Catholic smear campaign orchestrated by a hostile media, the more it looks like they are trying to divert attention from the core issues. The media may not be getting everything right in its coverage, as seasoned Vatican reporter John Allen has pointed out. But blaming reporters is a well-worn page from the political playbook unworthy of the world’s largest church. Read more - by Charley Honey | The Grand Rapids Press

“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

Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6

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Rescue Catholicism from Vatican – by JAMES CARROLL - The Boston Globe – read more

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Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

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