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Pope Watch: Clergy, Catholic Press Defend Pope Benedict

Apologies to Tammy Wynette, but I’ve had “Stand By Your Man” stuck in my head for hours while sifting through the influx of Catholic bishops and commentators defending Pope Benedict’s response to the global clergy sex abuse scandal (as his U.S. approval ratings plummet).

A few notable examples:



It’s appropriate and unsurprising that the Vatican and its supporters would respond defensively to The New York Times and other investigations, which have been trying to link pedophile priest cover-ups to the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. But circling the wagons may also invite more backlash, with some abuse survivors saying it makes them feel victimized all over again.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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posted March 31, 2010 at 11:02 am

I think Pope Benedict has done more to combat Sexual Abuse & Reform the Church than any Pope in history but the lowlifes in the media will not give up their favorite stick to hit the Church with. As for victims of sexual abuse they have to realize the media & the other dirtbags attacking the Pope are not their friends. While the media is slandering the Pope they continue to ignore sex abuse in public schools & they ignore how Planned Parenthood gives abortions to underage girls & helps them cover up “relationships” they are having with adult men.
I guess abuse is “hip” when non-Catholics do it.

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joe gonzalez

posted March 31, 2010 at 11:18 am

What do you expect the Vatican and all its subsidiaries to do ? They get their bread and butter from the dispensations of the hierarchy. The church, in that sense, according to her own self-evaluation ( theological, and not for public consumption ) is the Holy Meretrix
[ which translates into the holy prostitute ] ; which, in a word, means there’s good and bad in it. It is very lax in confessing its sins, it wants the whole world to consider her ” Holy, Holy, Holy “, an appelative that can only be applied to God. It is very much the exemplification of the pharisees of Jesus’ time : righteous beyond question. The breed that the prophets railed against. They hold themselves up over the common people, the faithful. I used to have a couple of priest ‘ friends ‘ and we used to go to lunch together often. That stopped when I realized that they wanted me to pay for lunch always . Neither of them belonged to an order, which meant they perceived a monthly salary from the church. And they made as much as I, a not particularly endowed layperson. This ‘ me-privileged ‘ stance made me give both of them up. They’re a club. And they’re sworn to obedience as well as chastity. If they don’t obey, out they go. So you can get your bearings from that.

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posted March 31, 2010 at 2:37 pm

What do I think? I think I’m happy I was brought up Lutheran and a Prostentant. I have RC relatives, and I’m sorry they live by all the Pomp and Circumstance of Roman Catholic Religion as the only way to God. I don’t care what RC does, just stay out of other peoples lives with their politics, etc., etc.

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posted March 31, 2010 at 4:42 pm

The blame game continues and while it does there will be little progress in bringing the GCAC (Global Clergy Abuse Crisis) to and end. The GCAC shows clearly that the Catholic church has universally failed the people and the children of society in the most comprehensive of ways and is simply incapable of bringing about a halt to the everyday discrimination that occurs as a result. There is little apparent understanding of the causes let alone a valid description of what dysfunctions this has wreaked upon society for so long.
An example can be found in the writings of Illinois judge Anne M. Burke where truthfulness in regards the GCAC is predetermined on the basis of a belief in the same system that permitted the abuses to go on undetected, unnoticed and unresolved for so long.
If the full truth is ever to surface then the prerequisites of religion must be put aside from the discussion as an open and truthful discussion towards a fair and equitable solution simply cannot be had whilst there are religious beliefs perpetually sidetracking and taking precedence in the discussion. This has been the case in the past and is a major impediment to providing a suitable means for undisclosed victims to come forward.
The vast majority of clergy abuse victims will remain silent until a clear separation of church and state exists and is obvious to them, until then we will simply continue to experience the drip drip exposure as more and more of the crimes committed by clergy slowly come out.
Many may ask or may not even understand what is meant by a true separation of church and state; the page at has been put forward by clergy abuse survivors in an endeavor to put this in a simple easy to understand manner and they encourage readers of all persuasions to visit and to assess for themselves, as well there is the opportunity to have input.

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