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Benny's Saturno.jpgMust be spring in Rome, as Benedict brought out the saturno, so-called because of its resemblance to the planet. From today’s weekly general audience. [Photo via CNS/Reuters]

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Roger Fortin

posted May 21, 2009 at 7:51 am

Looking for comments on the abuses in Ireland, I am surprised at the silence of catholic blogs in USA.
Did I miss some postings?

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Sick & Tired

posted May 21, 2009 at 9:07 am

And yet another hijacking of this blog by those OBSESSED with discussing child abuse.

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posted May 21, 2009 at 9:26 am

Wouldn’t it be nice, great and easy if only Catholics were abusers?
Instead we are faced with people who have nothing better to do than accuse an entire relegion of crimes.I’m afraid we pale indeed to extremist around the world, this make no abuse excusable, however it does give one some thing besides Catholics to blame the ills of the world on.I haven’t heard of any murders taking place in the name of Christianity of late, or female students being turned away from schools soley because of thier gender,or blowing up buildings airplanes or schools in the name of our God. Heck we don’t even string people up just because they worship differently than we do. Whats the world coming to? Could it be that Christ is working his way into our lives?

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Gerard Nadal

posted May 21, 2009 at 10:09 am

Roger Fortin,
You’re not missing postings so much as a charitable and sane perspective. BTW, did we miss the postings on YOUR sins? Perhaps you could spin off a posting detailing your worst failings as a human being. Then, if you are a Catholic, you could tell us of your best experiences in confession. Ever have a Priest help you go a little easier on yourself?
Of the 39 million survivors of sex crimes walking around the USA, only 11,100 have been attributable to Priests. Over 45 % occur in the home. Do the math, then explain to us why the myopic focus on Priests to the exclusion of all others. Doesn’t marriage and family come in for a bigger black eye, or the public schools where the U.S. Dept of education estimates that 9% of all students are victims of inappropriate sexual behavior on the part of faculty? That’s over 400,000 kids a year.
If people really care about children, they would go after the institutions that produce the overwhelmingly greatest amount of victims instead of solely focusing on the one that has produced the least. Yes, clean up the Church. But then take that energy to help the other 99% of sex abuse victims.

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posted May 21, 2009 at 10:33 am

Gerard Nadal,
The purpose of analysing cases of abuses by priests is not ‘posting sins’ but rather understanding whether there are enough checks (1) to prevent the abuse of power by the leaders of the RC Church; and (2) to make it accountable when it occurs. That Catholics should be waiting for such tremendous crimes to see those issues debated is sad, but the responsibility lies, I believe, with the unwillingness of the hierarchy to have a frank debate on the issue.
We cannot really think we can convincingly address similar problems (i.e. those concerning political culture, accountability, and sexual morality) in the secular society, like you say, until we have efficaciously solved them within our own community. That is why we need to face those problems as they occur in the church even if, as you rightly recall, they are but a small percentage of what goes on in the wider society.
All best

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posted May 21, 2009 at 11:44 am

Back on topic: Nice hat!!! 😉

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Gerard Nadal

posted May 21, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Good Points. All the Best to you as well.
Yes. Great Hat. Goes with the shoes. Now, will Benedict bring back the Galeros?

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posted May 21, 2009 at 8:24 pm

That is a great hat! Discuss other issues on posts related to those issues.

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