Posts Tagged ‘sex abuse’


September 15, 2011

Clergy sex abuse vigctims – tired of a run-around from Rome on punshing sex abuse bishops – have asked the Intrernational Criminal court to investigate the pope aand his senior cardinals for possible crimes against humanity.

Attorneys for the victims say rape, sexual violence and torture are considered crimes against humanity as dscribed in the intrnational treaty that spells out the court’s manadate.

The Vatican is fighting hard on multiple fronts to keep sex abuse files  from the civil authorities.  Just last month, the Vatican was forced to turn over internal personnel files  of an abusive priest to lawyers representing a victim in Oregonn.

Is it any wonder these victims who have been raped and molested  by priests and bishops are going to the world’s international criminal court.  Every time a new credible allegation of priestly sex abuse is made, the authorities of the R.C. church – from the pope  down – go into their regulard song and dance.  We are dreadfully sorrow,  we accept full responsbility and we will do what we can for the victims.  And it ends there.  There are no practical conseqences.  No heads roll.  The pope sees to it that the bishops who aided and abetted these vicious crimes remain firmly in place.  There will e no real healing until criminal bishops either resign or are ousted by Rome.

The prosecutors’ office at the criminal court says the documents from the sex abuse victims have arrived and are being studied.

Should the International criminal Court investigate the Vatican’s sex abuse policies?

what do you think?


April 17, 2011

In an interview aired last week, suspended Catholic bishop, Rev.  Roger Vangheluwe, made light of the sexual charges against him of sexually abusing children, including his own nephew.

The former bishop of Bruge spoke of his sexual abuse as “a little game” that involved fondling but ” no rough sex”.

“I was never naked,” the bishop said and the abuse was never about “real sexuality” said the disgraced bishop who is 74.

The bishops remarks caused and uproar in Belgium with the Prime Minister, senior clergy and a prosecutor expressed shock at the way the bishop made light of his offenses.

In response the Vatican  has said this  many cannot work as a priest while Rome determines hispunishment.

Incidentally, some months ago a Nova Scotia Catholic  bishop named Lahey was charged with having child pornogrpahy.  He is supposed to appear in court in Ottawa some time this month.  I don’t think it has happened yet.  Will keep watching.

Does not even one Catholic  bishop get it?

What do you think?

Incidentally, this disgusting news about the Catholic bishop in Belgium making light of the sexual abuse of children comes just at the moment the holy Catholic Church is entering the most sacred portion of its liturgical year – Passiontide – which begins today.


March 9, 2011

There is a front page story in today’s New York Times about the explosion in the priestly sex abuse crisis in Philadelphia.  It it as bad, if not worse than Boston.

A grand jury indicted four church people, including a senior monsignor, on criminal charges related to sex abuse.  Thirty seven priests guilty of sex abuse were said to be still active.

The Cardinal, Rigali, issued a statement in which he flatly said there were no priests in ministry suspected of sex abuse.

Yesterday the Cardinal issued another statement flatly contradicting his first one.  He suspended 21 priests from ministry which means they cannot say mass, wear the Roman collar or hear confessions.  Other priests are expecting the axe.  This is the largest number of priests dismissed in one shot in American church history.

Questions are now being asked about  what Cardinal Rigali knew and when he knew it?

Should the Cardinal resign?

Do Cardinals lie?

Will the church sex abuse crisis never end?

What do you think?