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June 10th, 2010
06:41 AM ET

Priest gathering overshadowed by church sex abuse scandal

By Paula Newton, CNN

For a second day Thursday, thousands of priests from around the world are gathered in Rome for a conference to mark the end of the "Year of the Priest."

But even in song and prayer, these priests cannot deny the utter sadness that has consumed their vocation this year. Accusations that the Catholic Church has covered up the criminal misdeeds of some priests have shocked the faithful.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Prosecute all the abusers, force the pope to resign and sieze the chirches assets. It is a criminal enterprise.

    June 10, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  2. Daniel

    Really hard to get enough altar boys to go around at this event, I am sure.

    June 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  3. F. Ross

    Jay...allowing priests to marry will NOT solve the problem, nor cure priest of pedophilia... Many pedophiles are married men who abuse not only their own children, but prey on young boys and girls.. You do not say that you think pedophile priests are gay, but your comments indicate that you need to research the meaning of pedophilia.

    June 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
    • Chase B

      Agreed. Everyone is so quick to judge the whole church and the faithful. Nobody is perfect, and neither are you people, so quit judging the whole church in general.

      June 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
    • CantHear

      Fantastic post. These priests are getting a bad rap...there are MANY people who are out to abuse your child.

      June 10, 2010 at 9:49 pm |
  4. So Bear

    I blame the idiot "faithful" for the level of toleration that they maintain. Vote with your feet or share a large portion of the blame!

    June 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  5. Norm

    Why do parents continue to send their children to Catholic schools and seminaries, knowing what could possibly be going on? Maybe a boycott would send a message. Protect your children parents. No one else will.

    June 10, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
    • ac

      Beause they are not judging the entire church population on a few.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
    • Petel2

      When the few happen to be the ones in power, then it is a real problem. In my diocese, over 20% of priests are accused of child molestation. In your book that may only be few. NY enables the most violent pedos to go free due to statutes of limitations. It is a well know fact that the more violent the abuse, the longer it takes a victim to come forward due to mental illness caused. Some take as long as 50 and 60 years. The RCC stops Bills that would expose these pedos by paying high priced lobbyists. What other group protects pedos than the RCC. All victims no matter who abused are now denied justice due to this religion.

      And the few; pope and bishops who covered it up are the worst criminals of all.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
    • Chase B

      We CHILDREN attend Catholic schools because its our faith. Just because it happens some places doesn't mean it happens everywhere. Nobody is perfect, we're all human.

      June 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
    • CantHear

      Any time a person is in control of a child, there is an EQUAL chance for abuse. This is not isolated to any denomination or group. To point the finger on any one group only shows you are a bigot and ignorant of the facts. Protect your children by understanding there are coaches, teachers, rabbis, priests, babysitters, uncles and aunts that have equal opportunity and drive to abuse. Educate your child on what to do when they are approached or abused by another person, which is get away and tell.

      June 10, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
  6. pam2

    The damage will never be fixed, ever. The church should be prosecuted and the sick members who participated in these atrocities. The are nothing more than adorned pedophiles! They need to be banished from society and sent to hell.

    June 10, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  7. Jay

    It sure would be easier to handle only if priest were required to be married. That would end most of it.

    June 10, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
    • ac

      that is a false presumption.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
    • Thessalonian

      Fact is that a rofessor named Phil Jenkins, a protestant, did a study and there is more child abuse among protestant clergy, who are married, than among Catholic Clergy. More of it is against young girls, i.e. it's not homosexual in nature. But marriage is not the solution to the problem.

      June 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  8. Cody

    Maybe I'm wrong...but is the priest in the foreground of this picture seriously listening to his iPod during what looks to be a sermon???? Come On!

    June 10, 2010 at 11:34 am |
    • Anne

      Yes he is listening to a translation of the presention, don't be so quick to judge.

      June 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
    • CantHear

      It's a hearing aid.

      June 10, 2010 at 9:40 pm |
  9. Mtka

    Year of the Priest...... shouldn't that be Year of the Pedophile?

    June 10, 2010 at 9:52 am |
    • MikinAZ

      Correction Mtka – it's Popephile

      June 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  10. Tony42

    Turn all past and current offenders ,and their files, over to local authorities then resign as pope and turn himself is for aiding and abetting.

    June 10, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  11. Petel2

    All about themselves again. Yet what about the victims sodomized who lost lives; those who committed suicide and those mentally ill today? The church has done nothing except deflect and pretend it is the victim. Must we easily forget the pope, cardinals and bishops denied the child with their cover ups? Had they done what was right and sought help for the child, the child would be productive today and living a normal life. They instead made the decision to protect themselves and ignore the child.

    Today these grown adult "religious" men play games of deflection leaving the victims starving for life. Instead of playing dress up games and denying victims by blaming everyone else, including the victims themselves, they should be treated as the criminals they really are.

    Who is harmed by all this? Victims and families. And they are denied justice.

    June 10, 2010 at 7:16 am |
    • Thessalonian

      Pete, you are mentally ill. Not every priest, pope, and bishop is guilty. But you love to paint with the broad brush and spew on every thread about this. Why don't you go do some good that you claim others aren't doing. I'll bet you haven't given a nickel for victims of abuse or for anybody else.

      June 10, 2010 at 7:59 pm |
    • Petel2

      I am mentally ill due to the abuses, enjoy the fun you'll have.
      Then again, folks as you will deny us.

      June 10, 2010 at 8:18 pm |
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