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“Knocked to our knees once again…”

At mass this Palm Sunday, New York’s Archbishop had a few things to say about this week’s news — and was roundly applauded for it:

Archbishop Timothy Dolan was greeted with applause after finishing Palm Sunday Mass by defending Pope Benedict XVI against suggestions he aided cover-ups of reports of child abuse.


The standing-room-only crowd at St. Patrick’s Cathedral applauded for 20 seconds after Dolan read a statement calling the pope the “leader in purification, reform and renewal that the church so very much needs.”

Still, Dolan said reports of abuse of minors by some priests in Ireland and Germany and the retelling of the abuse of children by a priest in Wisconsin had “knocked us to our knees once again” and intensified the somberness of Holy Week, the most sacred time on the Christian calendar.

He urged the Manhattan congregation to pray for the pope, saying he was suffering some of the same unjust accusations once faced by Jesus.

“Anytime this horror, this vicious sin, this nauseating crime is reported, as it needs to be, victims and their families are wounded again, the vast majority of faithful priests bow their heads in shame anew and sincere Catholics like you experience another dose of shock, sorrow and even anger,” Dolan said.


He added: “What deepens the sadness now is the unrelenting insinuations against the Holy Father himself, as certain sources seem almost frenzied to implicate the man.”

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posted March 28, 2010 at 6:17 pm

So now they’re taking a man who, at best, is a well-meaning beurocrat without the judgment or spine to protect children for most of his career and they’re casting him in the persecuted Christ role? That’s a level of delusion I don’t think I’ve seen since Jonestown.

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posted March 28, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Defenders of the pope are now, by definition, delusional. Here’s a real disciple:

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posted March 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Deacon, it appears you have a couple of Modernistic, Heretical, Quasi Christians who appear to dislike the One True Faith? Men rebel against God’s Church and wish thier own Church like Lucifer Rebelled against Heaven and wished his owm Kingdom. Lucifer will stop at nothing to destroy the Catholic Church, be it by Homosexual Rapist Priests to Secular Atheistic Newspaper men, to Modern Heretical Christians, but the Gates of Hell SHALL NEVER PREVAIL AGAINST HER, no matter how much you or Ms. Sineid O Conner wish to attack her…

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posted March 29, 2010 at 12:40 am

If only they had denied entrance to the seminary of homosexuals and on first sign of any entrance in teen age boys removed them, this would have all gone away. However, if they had, they would have been attacked by the same people crying out about the children. If they truly cared about the children, boys between the ages of 12-17, then it should go well beyond the Catholic Church and go after all ares of the homosexual community where these boys are preyed on and move to put them behind bars. Lets have some consistency here. I am for putting priest who do this behind bars, bishops who cover up crime behind bars, and extend that to the entire homosexual community with this attraction to teenage or younger boys. This of course is a major part of homosexual porn activity and so is a very common issue.

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posted March 29, 2010 at 10:02 am

Good ol’ Dolan,
He can always be counted on to mention that it was only a few priests who were abusers. He can NEVER be counted on to mention the fact that it was a MAJORITY of Bishops who covered up for them and continued to throw other people’s children to the wolves. What a good little PR toady he is.

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posted March 29, 2010 at 11:56 am

I think it’s time we come up with a good bumper sticker for this crisis.
“It was the cover-up, stupid!”
We keep getting the 4% number thrown around as if that is the only thing that matters. WRONG! What is the percentage of US Bishops who were/are complicit in protecting these monsters by moving them around from parish to parish? 30%? 50%? 75%?
Given that the USCCB had a meeting in 1985 to address what they called a “crisis of national proportions” I would have to say that the number would be approaching 90% or beyond.
THAT is the issue, and THAT is the number that needs to be kept at the front of this discussion.
4% of your priests were monsters. 90% of your overseers protected them.

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posted March 29, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Just so you will know, I am a sex abuse victim (twice over) of catholic priest and a teacher whilst attending parochial school in my youth. I have never entertained a single thought of filing a lawsuit against the Catholic Church. I do not want its filthy money. I just want to say a few things.
The great majority of abuse victims want neither money, nor even an apology. We just want our stories to be heard so that this does not happen to others. We would also appreciate not being sworn to secrecy on pain of excommunication or threatened with counter litigation as has happened to so many of us. I tell you this from first hand experience of talking to hundreds, if not thousands of victims over the years.
Read the accounts of abuse cover up and notice ever present similarities. A child is abused. The victim and/or parents appeal to Church officials for justice and are ignored. The Church involves lawyers, PR specialists, and insurance companies to suppress information, delay reconciliation, avoid responsibility, and distract attention from the real issues. Meanwhile victims suffer years of agonizing psychological pain. Most abuse victims are not as angry at the abusers as we are at the monsignors, bishops and cardinals who knew full well that they were committing grave transgressions against the interests of justice in order to protect the image and prestige of the Church. They knew it was wrong, but they did it anyway.
Please do not give us this “mistakes were made” (verbatim from Ratzinger’s pastoral letter) Nixonian B.S. Stand up and take responsibility! You need to say out loud for all to hear that you eschewed the opportunity to show justice, mercy and compassion to the downtrodden and dispossessed as Christ would have done. Instead, you used every tool in your inventory to protect the power, prestige and wealth of the Catholic Church, and your own job, personal status and prestige as well.
Please do not lay this off on the homosexual priests within your ranks. There is a difference between a homosexual and a pedophile or an ebophile. Look it up.
Please do not reward the worst offenders by transferring them to prestigious posts as was the case with Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston, one of the most egregious offenders. For his part, he wound up with a prestigious position at the Vatican as archpriest of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome – a huge slap in the face to the victims. It is as if the Church is rewarding him for his unstinting efforts to maintain the cover-up. Surely he could have been dealt with humanely, without this enormous public relations and moral disaster. One wonders how clueless the ruling hierarchy of the Church really is.
While your at it, knock off the attacks on other organizations and religions. The reference to the Orthodox Jews, your other whipping boys, was particularly sleazy. Good parents don’t accept it when their children rationalize their misdeed by saying “everyone else does it.” You shouldn’t either.
In other words, grow up, man up, fess up. This whole thing will go away with amazing alacrity if the Church acts as if it is being run by stand up guys instead of a bunch of mealy mouthed weasels hiding behind their lawyers and the bleating of their toadies.

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posted March 29, 2010 at 8:10 pm

you know it make me really angry when people comment that Satan is at work, sorry Archbishop Dolan if the time is not correct, but when children are abused everyone is accountable and they should not use there religion to hide behind,if a politican was to cover up such horrific behaviour there heads would roll, what would you prefer they should have special priveliges be judged in heaven. Wrong is wrong does not matter your religion, your race, your colour you should be accountable. My prayers go out to all the victims, once again you are being abused.

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posted March 29, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Sorry, Lucifer is not a Metaphor. He is the ultimate reason behind all the vile evil in the world, if you believe it or not. Do I actually believe that Mark was a victim, no. I think these boards are full with people who hate, I mean hate the Catholic Church and wish it destroyed…

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posted March 29, 2010 at 9:43 pm

“I think these boards are full with people who hate, I mean hate the Catholic Church and wish it destroyed…”
To the extent that it remains a safe haven for abusers and for those who enabled them, yes…I wish to see it destroyed, to the point that not even one small stone remains of what it once was.
I would think that any sane, caring person would agree. Clearly, you won’t.

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posted March 30, 2010 at 7:43 am

ds0490 Unfortunately you will have a long wait to see that happen. The church will never be destroyed.

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