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Pope: Church feels 'shame and regret' for abuse
October 18th, 2010
08:32 AM ET

Pope: Church feels 'shame and regret' for abuse

Catholic priests who sexually abused children "disfigured their ministry" and caused the Catholic Church "profound shame and regret," Pope Benedict XVI wrote Monday, in one of his strongest statements to date on the scandal facing the Vatican. "

What has happened should make us all the more watchful and attentive," the pope wrote in an open letter to men studying to be priests.

But he insisted that it is still good to become a priest and that celibacy still "makes sense."

"Even the most reprehensible abuse cannot discredit the priestly mission, which remains great and pure," he said.

Campaigners for victims of abuse by priests immediately rejected the  statement as "minimizing" and "mischaracterizing" the crisis, which has seen  thousands of victims come forward from across western Europe and the United  States.

"The pope's pronouncements on abuse are getting worse, not better," said  Barbara Dorris of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

"Using words like 'recently' falsely suggests clergy sex crimes and  cover-ups are a relatively new problem. They are not," she said in a statement.

"Using the past tense falsely suggests such crimes and cover ups are  behind us. They are not," she said.

"Using words that ignore the stunning recklessness, callousness and  deceit by bishops falsely suggest that bishops are innocent in this mess. They  are not," she said.

"Tragically, while kids are being molested and crimes are being  concealed, the pope deliberately mischaracterizes and minimizes the wrongdoing  of the church hierarchy, while passively sitting  back waiting for the scandal to explode in yet another nation somewhere on the globe," she said.

Benedict in his letter defended priestly celibacy, which some have said is a reason some priests abuse children.

"All of us know exemplary priests, men shaped by their faith, who bear  witness that one can attain to an authentic, pure and mature humanity in this  state and specifically in the life of celibacy," he said.

He urged new priests "to practice the fundamental human virtues, with  your gaze fixed on the God who has revealed himself in Christ, and to let  yourselves be purified by him ever anew."

Three independent investigations have been launched into the abuse of  children by priests in Ireland, while police raided the headquarters of the  Catholic Church in Belgium and a church-government working group has been set  up to tackle the problem in the pope's native Germany.

There have also been accusations of abuse in the United States, Italy,  the Netherlands, and other countries.

Critics say the problem is not only the abuse itself, but the cover-up of  the problem by bishops.

Read the Pope's letter here.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI • Sex abuse

soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. ray

    Most religious personal use there power for their own good even some Governments uses religion to stay in powerrr. WAKE UP PEOPLE....

    October 18, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  2. CLINTON

    The Bible calls The Vatican 'Mother of Harlots' because they don't really care if they follow God's commands, they're using God to reach their wicked goals. The Vatican also does this for money and that's also why in future days The Vatican will become how the Bible calls it. It will become an englomeration of many religions destined to decieve people from the truth using God to trick them. It's all written in Revelations and The Vatican's end will come after the antichrist completes it's purpose during the Tribulation.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
    • N. Hale

      Lay off the cocaine and Dan Brown books.

      October 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
    • ham

      the bible calls the 'Mother of Harlots' the 'Mother of Harlots' . You just think that means the Vatican. Revelations never says Vatican. the bible never says to post on cnn.com but here you are. maybe your the 'Mother of Harlots' omg!

      October 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
    • Reality

      It is the Book of Revelation:

      Some comments about said book:

      "Nineteenth-century agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll branded Revelation "the insanest of all books".[30] Thomas Jefferson omitted it along with most of the Biblical canon, from the Jefferson Bible, and wrote that at one time, he "considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams." [31]

      Martin Luther "found it an offensive piece of work" and John Calvin "had grave doubts about its value."[32]

      October 18, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  3. Scott

    Does the bible any where actually say young boys shouldn’t be molested? Yes I know there are passages about men not being with men; but, dose it specifically say boy’s are a no no?

    October 18, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
    • Paolo88

      @Scott

      The laws prohibiting child-molestation are to be found in the statutes of almost every country in the world.
      Why would you care what the Bible says about it? It is an evil deed. The Bible talks about evil, doesn't it?

      October 18, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
    • Bryan T

      There's a lot of things the bible doesn't forbid. For example, slavery. We've had over 2000 years to develop our own laws and community standards. They trump anything written, or omitted from, those ancient scratchings.

      October 18, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  4. Joe

    10 bucks says he still doesn't take any responsibility.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  5. boocat

    Right and if none of this would have never come out, the RCC would still be covering it up. This pope has about as much credibility as a politician.....NONE!

    October 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  6. St. Ignatius

    Every Catholic church in this country is a monument to these monsters' victory over the law and common decency. Catholicism isn't a religion, but a socially engineered society with its own laws and customs that seriously conflict with international and natural law.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
    • Quezz

      Y'know, as an Ignatian spiritualist, I can tell you that the Catholic Church has been and will always be more than the sum of its parts. I can't condemn all of the Church for the actions of its hierarchy, as there are many of us who wish to change how the Church works. It's daunting, to be sure, and we have a lot of work to do to undo a men's club that wants to protect itself from the realities of the world. Other priests are not willing to give up that sanctuary, and sacrifice children to get it. THAT is what needs to change.

      October 18, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
    • Dani3l

      @ Quezz – If the body of the Church wishes not to be tarred with the brush of abusive priests and MUCH MORE SHAMEFUL bishops and cardinals right on up to and including Ratzinger who condoned, sheltered and protected abusive priests, then the body of the Church – its faithful – ought to remove those responsible from office. If there is no mechanism to reform the Church hierarchy from the people up, then corruption can only continue. The Church and its teachings are morally bankrupt. Its credibility on any humanitarian issue is gone. It must reform, or disband and give its worldly assets to the poor.

      October 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm |
  7. N. Hale

    Ladies and Gentleman,

    It is true that there is nothing in the bible that says that priests cannot marry. Furthermore, the Church has never proclaimed that priests cannot marry. Catholic preists chose at the onset of their ministery to take a vow of celibacy so that they can devote their time and their lives to the church, which would be hindered by the care they would be required to give their families. It is a sacrifice they freely choose to make when they become priests. The time they spend deciding to become priests is also time they spend deciding that marriage is not their path.

    I am a Catholic myself. I feel shame and regret for the atrocious and truly evil behavior of these men who became priests of my Church and violated both their vows, the Commandments, and the laws of man. A lifetime of repentance may not pay for what they've done. The Church can reparate the victims, excommunicate the sinners, but they will always unfortunately be victims who have irreversibly wronged by members of the Church that I belong to.

    But do not be that close-minded person that sours the reputation of a whole cast of people because of the wrongs of very few, though far to many, members of that same cast.

    Sincerely,

    N. Hale

    October 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
    • cmchamb

      A wife can we a working companion. A married couple could accomplish much good by example and in attention to the 'flock'. The whole celibacy vow is shortchanging the congregation.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
    • Raison

      @N. Hale
      The Church terrorizes it's victims to help cover up the crimes, threatens them with excommunication, and gives "reparations" to as few as possible. And they also work fast and furiously to hide these crimes from the police, from other members, and always shuffle the abuser to a "fresh" place where he can prey on his helpless victims. Fresh victims!!!

      These are not the actions of a religious organization, these are the actions of a CRIMINAL organization that literally makes its own rules for the conduct of its members!!!!!!!
      I am not saying every Catholic does these criminal things. But the ones who do are within the organization itself, in administration. And it goes all the way up to the Pope. And here he is making a few noises while behind the scenes it is business as usual!!!
      Anyone can make a speech, but real reform means actions and not words.

      And to top it all off, the Church uses "absolution" as a criminal shield, saying, in essence, that the "crime" is no more! That it has been "magically" wiped away so don't bother us!!!!

      N. Hale, you may feel shame and regret, but your apparent unwillingness to call for legal justice shows where you stand.
      Or do you call for these criminals to be brought before a judge in a court of law where they may be tried for their crimes against helpless children?
      Because that's what needs to be done. Not some "Church"-based pseudo-justice that does little or nothing on purpose, but a criminal trial for every single one of those child-molesters.
      The Pope has done nothing, NOTHING, to hand over these priests and the evidence. Just the opposite, in fact.

      It is a disgusting Church leadership that has no defense against what they have done.

      October 18, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
    • N. Hale

      Alright Raison, I left that out. I agree that they should be legally punished. And I told you where I stand.

      But what victims have they terrorized here? Don't tell me you are not accusing the church of being a criminal organization when you clearly are. The church prefers to deal with these matters internally, which is what we've allowed by seperating Church and State. The laws that govern the Catholic Church are found in the Bible and in the catechism.

      Reforms? The actions of these priests are against everything that the Church teaches. The Church is a human organization, and humans make mistakes, in this case, huge mistakes. There is nothing to reform here. There is only punishment to be handed out.

      How many abuse victims are there?? Tell me, because I dont know. But I would like to ask if you value these kids as much as you appear to, would you consider calling for the reforming the laws on abortion, because those millions of children never got the chance to live at all.

      October 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
    • Nonimus

      N. Hale,
      "The church prefers to deal with these matters internally, which is what we've allowed by seperating Church and State."
      The separation of Church and State does NOT mean, by any stretch of the imagination, that a church can break the law.

      "...would you consider calling for the reforming the laws on abortion."
      Are you seriously going to make this about abortion?
      Hmm, I wonder why the RCC is really against abortion? It isn't because they want more children available for their priests is it?

      October 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
    • Tosay

      Priests cannot marry. Wifes and children cost money to support. And then the nuns might need spousal benefits. God forbid.

      October 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
    • Raison

      @N. Hale

      Yes, I am very serious about protecting all children throughout the world.

      I shook my head when I came to the part where it looks like you are calling *me* a criminal organization! lol

      The separation of church and state does NOT and has NEVER meant to give free license to commit crimes!

      That you would have this skewed view of our First Amendment is perhaps understandable considering all the hype whenever such rights and limitations come up in the media.

      Unless you are saying that child-abuse is enshrined in your religion? In which case it is still a crime but more disgusting as to how your Church is viewed in that scenario?

      No. You don't get a free license to commit child abuse no matter what your religion is. Ever.

      The fact that the Church "prefers" to deal with these "matters" internally is nothing more than the criminals saying, "stay back, cops! Don't come in here where we are committing crimes! We have a Bible in here and we're celebrating Mass!"
      But you would have us ignore the screams and cries for help by their victims. What turnip truck did you fall off of?

      If you were to pick a different type of organization and ascribe the same crimes and behavior to it, what would you call it then? If the Mafia did these things (and they may have for all I know), wouldn't the issue be any clearer for you?
      Just because the organization is powerful does not give them protection.

      Just like being a religious organization does not give them protection either.

      We have numerous examples throughout history, examples of other religions doing heinous crimes.
      And you would say, "no, they are protected"....

      N. Hale, I sincerely wish you would read up on these First Amendment issues. I really think it would help show you what I mean, since I must not be any good at expressing myself to you.

      And you appear to have no knowledge of the inner workings of your own Church. They not only have policies in place that shuffle priests onto new helpless victims, but they do not recognize, I guess, any secular authority – very handy when you want to keep your priests from going to prison.

      They also have internal policies that deal with the other aspects of this criminal activity, like destruction of evidence and withholding evidence from law enforcement, among other things.

      They have also used their "religious" influence to help cover up these crimes by putting criminal "pressure" upon unethical members of law enforcement, the people surrounding the case, and anyone else who they could "influence" into covering up these crimes and preventing them from being brought into a court of law and into the light.

      N. Hale, the testimonies of the victims tells of Church personnel terrorizing the child victims to keep them quiet!
      Threatening them with excommunication not only for them, but for their families, threatening tiny children who were the VICTIMS – threats and terror done by, and according to, the RELIGIOUS AUTHORITY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

      In essence, the molesters and those who represent them get to have multiple additional attacks of child abuse upon those poor children who have no defense against all of it. All in the name of covering up what they did.

      I mean, how low can they go? My God! They are the sickest, most twisted bunch of sadistical child-abusers who wrap themselves and their sick and twisted actions within their religion, their religious authority, and their monstrous lack of shame..
      ...and then say to people like you that they are just "dealing with it internally" or whatever sick joke they use to fool you people, and you, blinded by your Bible and your Catechism, just stand there and say "but they dealt with it internally, no reforms are needed."
      Good grief.

      You are asking for some kind of scathing condemnation yourself for being so indoctrinated that you cannot or will not even think past their lies and misdirection, even when it might be your own children raped and tortured by molestation by the next "shuffled" priest that comes along, freshly "washed" by the Church, his hands itching for more victims....

      "There is only punishment to be handed out." HA. That is so naive and empty-headed that I can only pity your lack of sense or logic. But maybe you were writing hastily and had never really sat down and thought about all the different elements that have gone into making this world-wide scandal of such disgusting scope and breadth.
      There are many elements to a crime, and with every additional action, more elements are added.

      As to how many victims there are, ask the Pope, the Cardinals, and whoever else is in charge of those records they refuse to release to legal authorities.
      They'll probably tell you that the only cases have already come to light and not to worry your little head about it.
      This is a world-wide scandal centered on the Pope and the Church.

      Yeah, ask the criminals if they could please give you the evidence against them. And you would expect what kind of response from a bunch of criminals who have consistently refused to release all such evidence?

      You don't ASK them for evidence, since they have been refusing it for who knows how many decades or centuries, ....
      ....you SEIZE it and use it in a court of LAW.!!!!
      Thanks for asking.

      October 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      The church *is* a criminal or-gan-ization! If the subject was not religion, they would be charged and found guilty of fraud, conspiracy, child a-buse, se-x-ual harra-ssment, racism, etc. ,etc. But oh no, because it's religion and most of society is too stupid to figure out all religion is nonsense, they get a free pass!! THERE ARE NO GODS – NOT EVEN JUST 1 – NO SATAN EITHER, EXCEPT MAYBE POPE-A-DOPE!

      October 18, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  8. Nihilist

    When did the Pope get sponsered by the Unberlla orporation.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  9. Altruist

    Catholicism and much of organized religions are so out of touch with the natural world that that is causing lot of problems in our world. For example, where else in the animal kingdom (yes, we are part of this animal kingdom) do we have celibacy?

    October 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  10. CallingBS

    OH come all ye faithful...zombies. Sorry, the Roman Catholic Church is flawed beyond fixing.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
    • Bob

      When Jesus rose, so did several holy men and they walked around the city. Gogo Zombie party!

      October 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
    • just me

      you do know that the catholic church came 1st right almost every other church is just a branch off from the cathlic so if they are wrong everyone is wrong

      October 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
    • Nonimus

      "everyone is wrong"
      Sounds about right.

      October 18, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
    • Raison

      @just me

      The Catholic Church was not the first Christian group to follow Jesus' teachings. Paul was not one of the original disciples either....

      October 19, 2010 at 7:38 am |
  11. janie

    The solution is simple: let priests get married if they want, so that they can enjoy a full & happy life. A priest with a family could better understand & appreciate the lives of those in their pastoral care.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
    • tpn51

      Just a bit of history. St Peter the first pope 32-67AD was married and Pope's could marry until 1022 AD when Pope Benedict VII put and end to marriages. The celibacy law although traditional, has run it's course in my opinion and I am a Catholic. Will that repair the problems of the Vatican and the Catholic faith, doubtful. For me my faith and beliefs are in my heart, not what a church telling me how to live.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  12. Sufyan Jega

    I agree with Fuyuko to allowing priests to marry and have children

    October 18, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
    • Luke

      They won't do that. The reason why they outlaw it is to prevent the inheritance of church property. Pretty sick, eh?

      October 18, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  13. USoldfolks

    Good Christians?

    October 18, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  14. L.TAYLOR

    The Pope doesn't know the Bible........it says to: "..........not forbid to marry." And, "a bishop shall be the husband of only one wife".
    St. Paul said that celibacy "was good for him..........but, not for all."

    Come on now....Mr. Pope......open up your Bible and actually read it.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
    • geraldh

      lTayor,

      The pope has read the bible. You need to understand it. The Bible does not forbid celibacy. Quite the contrary in Matt 19 and 1 Cor 7 it ENCOURAGES celibacy. The Pope forbids noone to marry. Priests freely and willingly take a VOW of celibacy. That is quite Biblical. The passage in Timothy you site does not say that a priest must be married or Paul would have had to exclude himself as he was not married. It says that they cannot have been divorced or polygamous. That is the only context that the wording in those passages can be understood. Understand?

      October 19, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
    • geraldh

      Not nearly everyone is celibate in the CC by the way and in fact there are many married priests in the eastern rites of the Church and even in the western rites who have come in from other denominations and become priests. By the way, the bible clearly says some are to be celibate for the kingdom. Where are these celibates in your protestant denominations? The Episcoplians and Lutherans have a few but in general there is no application of these passages in protestantism. Evidence that these religions are not truly of God.

      October 19, 2010 at 7:11 pm |
    • geraldh

      By the way I would like to know what bible says "the bishop SHALL be the husband of one wife". I know of no bible that puts the word shall in the passage as you do. Hmmmm. Tampering with the WOG.....

      October 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  15. Sam

    Now, I wonder when South America will blow open. Here in Venezuela, when a 14 year old girl is impregnated by a priest, the priest is just moved to another city. Now, just to make things worse: the Catholic Church runs a good portion of the schools here. I cannot even imagine what is going on in them..

    October 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
    • Mel

      Yes, destroy the Catholic Church in Venezuela so that Chavez can take over and complete his totalitarian regime over every sector of Venezuelan society. He is a DICKtator!

      October 18, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  16. cmchamb

    QUOTE: But he insisted that it is still good to become a priest and that celibacy still "makes sense."
    ______________________________________
    How does a man-made tradition that is absolutely opposed to the natural, God-given needs and desires of a man or woman 'make sense'?

    October 18, 2010 at 11:50 am |
    • kjcube

      How can you criticize an argument if you haven't even listened to it yet? FYI Not all things that make sense are right. Try reading scholarly journals from the past on bloodletting. They actually sound convincing because the logic holds on almost all parts except for a flawed starting assumption based on the Ancient medical theory of Humors.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  17. Fuyuko

    I don't really see the 'priestly mission' as being great and pure. It is time for the church to modernize and be more selective about priests as well as allowing priests to marry and have children. That is what God intended afterall.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  18. Luke

    Shame and regret? That's it? I felt shame and regret when I got a B in physics. Yawn.

    October 18, 2010 at 10:17 am |
    • kjcube

      What else can you feel if your it's fault? Are there stronger emotions He should be feeling?

      October 18, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
    • Luke

      There aren't adjectives in the known languages to describe what he should be felling. I suppose his actions, which have been blight at best are what is most disconcerting.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
    • billfarty

      maybe he should feel suicidal tendancies..

      October 18, 2010 at 2:12 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Just a thought...
      Responsibility
      Remorse
      Repentance
      Unworthy of any position of authority

      October 18, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  19. Raison

    "Even the most reprehensible abuse cannot discredit the priestly mission, which remains great and pure," he said."

    So he insists on protecting them still, is it? Well, then, to hell with him and don't spare the horses! The man has no shame!

    Those children have been assaulted and he says the child-molesting priests are "great and pure"! The GALL of this man!
    It's beyond comprehension! How can the world let him get away with this????????????????

    October 18, 2010 at 9:37 am |
    • Bob

      Then the pope should have no problem making all the records open then. Because they priestly mission will remain pure.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
    • sergio

      Yo, Raison. The Pope said nothing about still protecting priest. You! have no shame for your stupid remarks. The Catholic Church, has survived many troubles times over its course in history and will continue to do so. Instead of insults. Why don't you pray for him and the Church.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
    • Raison

      @sergio

      May I direct your attention to the article? Or I can get out my sledgehammer and crush your argument. Your choice.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
    • Brian

      Hey Raison, read a little more carefully. He never says the child-molesting priests are "great and pure," he says the priestly mission is "great and pure." The priestly mission is defined by self-sacrifice, devotion to higher principles, helping those in need, etc. Are you really saying that's not a "great and pure" mission? The people who molested children are terrible, and the catholic church was wrong to cover it up. The overarching mission of the priesthood is pretty damn good though. Next time, at least try to act like you read it properly before running your mouth.

      October 18, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
    • Raison

      @Brian

      So you think what the priests did kept their missions pure? The "priestly mission" that they used as a SHIELD?

      I do not believe in their so-called "mission" as priests, since it obviously INCLUDES going along with hiding child molesters, regardless of whether a priest has done that to a child or not. They have to obey what they know to be evil orders to conceal the crimes of others as well as themselves.

      Have you never wondered how the Pope, of all people in the CC, could act so blatantly? So shamelessly?

      You think there might be ANY priests that have not done these things or has helped to conceal them and stuff like that?

      The Vatican will NOT release any evidence to legal authorities, nor will they hand over the child-molesters.

      They are stonewalling like any criminal organization with a public relations office would.

      I find your lack of shame disturbing.
      There is no defense for the Catholic Church, who has done this for hundreds of years.

      And don't bother protesting. You know it is true. It has been anecdotal for hundreds of years that the Catholic Church is filled with child-molesters and homosexuals.

      Did you think these are just cheap rumors? Lies used to discredit the Church?
      The Church that has SO many processes in place to handle these things "oh-so-smoothly"????

      Are you that naive? Or one of them?
      Hundreds of years, Brian. The numbers probably add up to millions of children over time.
      Maybe more if you go back two thousand years....

      You can't wash away blood with a few passes of a filthy hand.
      Absolution does not wipe away the crime.
      The crime does not magically disappear simply because you would like it to go away!
      They have no excuse for hiding these criminals, no matter how hard you wave your filthy hands at me.

      October 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
    • Babak from LA

      Thank you for catching that! After reading your I don't need to post it!

      October 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
    • Triany

      Evil orders...you made my day.

      October 19, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  20. David Johnson

    Article said:
    What has happened should make us all the more watchful and attentive," the pope wrote in an open letter to men studying to be priests.

    WoW, you think?

    October 18, 2010 at 9:25 am |
    • sergio

      GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      October 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
    • Bob

      They are sorry and regretful that they got caught. They are sorry that their reputation is tarnished.

      And for those who doubt me, look at thier actions. Were they public about the abuse? No. Did they try and silence people? Yes. Did they move the priests so they couldn't harm any other young children? No. Did they shelter priests from jail? Yes.

      This is a conspiracy people. The Cathoic Church allowed child molestation to occur. And they allowed it so their name would not be tarnished.

      The cost? Only a few more young boys having their lives destroyed.

      The organization should be held accountable. Anyone who contibuted to this should be indicted as a co-conspirator.

      They should go to prison.

      October 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
    • jaypres

      I am glad the Pope is sorry but here are my issues. ! The Catholic Church paid 660 million dollars so that they could keep this out of court and not have to testify and said it was for the children and their families,ok let's say I give them the benefit of the doubt. 2. Change the policy of celibacy "Be fruitful and Multiply" Priest use to be able to marry long ago. 3 If you love the children and families so much then show it by your "fruit and not just your words" the bible has a word for it is called hypocrisy. 4. You should remove the Priest that violate children because you are teaching that their are no consequences for sin when you let this type of violation pass. 5 You hurt the witness for Christ and the Church,Christians and unbelievers that might come to God and the Church otherwise. I love all people's Christian or not and yes I am a Christian but even God has His limits of how far he will let evil go. Will you the Catholic Church be God's hands of grace and mercy or the Magicians hands that smooth and cover things up along with the Politician's tongue that smooth everything over with words and no change in actions. God help us and the innocent children that God has blessed the world with

      October 18, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
    • AMAU

      Since Catholic Church clergy cannot marry, they will always be plauged with infidelity. What's clear is that their ethical values are not genuine and that it's all a show.

      October 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
    • Raison

      @David Johnson
      I think sergio likes you! lol

      October 19, 2010 at 11:13 am |
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