Pope’s visit-a letdown for angry victims

Crowds of former abuse victims, their families and supporters were angered and frustrated by the Pope’s comments yesterday and rightly they should have been. Instead of apologizing to them directly for the dispicable and sinful behavior of the clergy involved and his church’s systematic attempts to cover it up, he instead moaned about how it had hurt the church. In other words, the church is the victim here, not the thousands of innocent children whose lives were ruined by its representatives.

“It is a great suffering for the church in the United States and for the church in general and for me personally that this could happen,” Benedict said, adding that he would work to keep pedophiles out of the priesthood. “It is difficult for me to understand how it was possible that priests betray in this way their mission.”

At a news conference in Boston organized by a victims’ group, Mr. Robert Costello, who said he was abused by a priest in West Roxbury, Mass., starting when he was 10, said he was shocked that the pope would talk about his own suffering and that of the church while making no mention of the harm done to victims.

Various victims’ organizations requested several months ago that the pope or his representatives meet with them during the papal visit, Mr Isley said, but all such requests were met with silence. Indeed, the Pope refused to listen to any of the victim’s input.

I said it yesterday and I will say it again. The pope and his Vatican cartel care only about one thing. The money. They have proven themselves to be arrogant, lying demagogues and unworthy of the respect or admiration of the millions of good catholics who they are supposed to represent. I hope every single person who was abused by these putrid ungodly pedophiles goes public and bleeds the Vatican coffers dry.

 

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4 Comments on “Pope’s visit-a letdown for angry victims”

  1. Buffalo Says:

    Question for you. What do you think the church should do to atone for the actions of those priests?

  2. expatbrian Says:

    This is such a huge and grave issue that I think it warranted the pope meeting directly with representatives of the abused and apologizing in person for the behavior of these priests and for the church’s cover up. That would have been an enormous relief not only to the abuse groups but to catholics in general, I think.

    Beyond that, I think the vatican should at least behave like any respectable business would if this was an employee issue. If an allegation is made, suspend the priest during the investigation. If it is found that the priest is guility, fire him and notify the proper authorities. Also, as has been suggested, formally add these offenses to the list that clergy can be fired for.

    The church is meeting a lower standard of morality instead of living up to a higher standard of morality that we rightfully all expect. Until they change that, until they fully admit their failure and complicity in the abuse issue, until they demand the highest level of moral behavior from their clergy, then I hope they get exactly what they deserve which is exposure, bad publicity, lawsuits and high settlements.

  3. Buffalo Says:

    The meeting doesn’t sound like a bad idea. I wonder if anyone suggested it.

    Thing is, the church isn’t a private business. They’re in the salvation business and part of the salvation business is the forgiveness business. Certainly they should be removed from any station that would allow them to be tempted. They should have to stand responsible for the laws that were broken and all the other penalties. The church should certainly have to stand good for the damages. But firing? I don’t see that as an especially good thing.

    Please don’t think I’m condoning the actions of any of these pedophiles. That isn’t the case.

  4. expatbrian Says:

    The organizations representing the abused contacted the Vatican months in advance requesting a meeting with the Pope and received silence in return. They tried and were rebuffed. And what’s so bad about firing a priest who betrays his station? Betray is the word the Pope himself used. An example should have been set instead of just offering a way out through moving to a new parish.


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