In a potentially explosive Good Friday sermon to Pope Benedict XVI and Vatican officials, the pontiff's personal preacher compared media coverage of the clergy sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the church to the "collective violence" against the Jews. Photo
The homily was delivered in St. Peter's Basilica by Father Raniero Cantalamessa, a Franciscan tasked with delivering reflections to the pope and his aides during Lent and Advent. It represents a serious escalation in the Vatican's increasingly tough campaign against the media for what it claims are false or exaggerated reports about the church and the track record of the pope himself -- reports many church leaders say are motivated by an animus against Catholicism and Benedict...
… David Clohessy, spokesman for SNAP, a leading advocacy group for victims of clergy abuse, told The New York Times that comparing criticism of the church to persecution of the Jews was "breathtakingly callous and misguided."
"Men who deliberately and consistently hide child sex crime are in no way victims," he said. "And to conflate public scrutiny with horrific violence is about as wrong as wrong can be." Read complete article - by David Gibson – Politics Daily
Catholic Sex-Abuse Blame Game: The Devil Made Me Do It! – by Katie Paul – Newsweek.com – read more
The Catholic Church's Blind Spot? – by Katha Pollitt – CBSNEWS – read more
It's The Gays' Fault - The Daily Dish - By Andrew Sullivan - The Atlantic – read more
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest – read more
The Catholic Church Sex Scandal Is Not a "Homosexual" Problem - by Michael A. Jones – read more
How Benedict Should Handle the Abuse Scandal – by By JEFF ISRAELY / ROME – TIME – read more
Catholic Abuse Hotline Overrun Amid New Allegations – ABC News – read more
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
Important note: No disrespect meant to Pope Benedict XVI or the hierarchy, the one and only concern is the safety and future well-being of children.
Kids are being hurt!!!