The Vatican has expressed its “dismay and betrayal” at the “sinful and criminal acts” by Catholic clergy guilty of child abuse across Ireland.
For “Ireland” use the name of any of the numerous countries in which this happened.
The scandals had “opened many wounds”, it said, and lay people had “lost trust in their pastors”.
You think it took this long to lose trust?
It said that “those who should have exercised vigilance often failed to do so effectively”.
That’ll be the Pope-appointed Cardinals.
The report also said that good priests felt “unjustly tainted” and not defended by superiors.
Did not realise there were any.
It recommended continued support for the victims and survivors of Catholic clerical abuse in Ireland.
So the plan was to ignore them and find the next fresh body?
The report also sought to bring the Irish Church back into line with the teachings of Rome.
Who will watch the Cardinals?
“The Visitators also encountered a certain tendency, not dominant but nevertheless fairly widespread among priests, religious and laity, to hold theological opinions at variance with the teachings of the Magisterium, this serious situation requires particular attention,” said the report.
Can’t be having priests thinking for themselves can we?
It said that the community should establish “a proper relationship” with journalists with the aim of “making known the truth of the Gospel and the Church’s life”.
That’s after you’ve whipped them into shape and told them to repeat “The Pope is right” many many times.
“Innocent young people were abused by clerics and religious to whose care they had been entrusted, while those who should have exercised vigilance often failed to do so effectively,” he said.
Why does he say it like this is the first reported case anywhere of this?
“There was a feeling that the spirit of the sixties had infected the seminaries too much,” he said, adding that there was a sense of the current Pope looking forward to a Church where there might be “fewer but truer” Catholics.
Which implies child abuse was A-OK in the 60’s.
There is but one source on the Pope and all he stands for.
Please – if you insist on having religious beliefs don’t worship a child abuser.
BBC News – Vatican reports on Irish child abuse scandals.