A US support group for victims of predator priests slammed the Vatican for allegedly seeking to shift blame for the now global child sex abuse scandal away from the church.
Remarks made earlier this week by Pope Benedict XVI's top aide, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, which linked pedophilia and homosexuality, were "distracting, blame-shifting" and very calculated, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) said on Wednesday. Photo -
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"They were calculated, as are so many similarly misguided, distracting, blame-shifting, finger-pointing comments by so many church staff seeking to scapegoat others, among them journalists, prosecutors, lawmakers, victims, lawyers, liberals and gay people," the victims' group said.
Bertone's remarks "rub even more salt into the already deep and still-fresh wounds of hundreds of thousands of men and women who have been assaulted by clerics and betrayed by bishops, especially women and girls," SNAP said.
What the pope's right-hand man said "denied and minimised the deep devastation felt by hundreds of thousands of women and girls who are suffering" because they were violated by pedophile priests. Read more – AFP - The Sydney Morning Herald – smh.com.au
In deep appreciation to AFP and The Sydney Morning Herald for being a voice of sanity and clarity – extremely beneficial to children, MSK
"No data links homosexuality to child abuse" - Independent Catholic News – read more
Gay priests are not paedophiles – by Austen Ivereigh – guardian.co.uk – read more
Facts About Homosexuality and Child Molestation – read more
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Flagrant Disregard For All Of Humanity – Being Publicly Demonstrated by Benedict XVI and hierarchy - Failure to Accept Responsibility for Decades of Child Sexual Abuse Cover-ups - read more
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.