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iridium53
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11:25 AM on 04/20/2010
When will international legal organizations take action against this international organization of criminal child rapists?

An International Court of Justice that takes action against the criminals in the Congo but takes no action against the Catholic Church loses all credibility because they show their religious and cultural bias.

Any organization that harbors child rapists, tolerates them, promotes them, systematically moves them to avoid prosection and puts them back into situations where they will rape again and again while extorting money from the parents is the most despicable set of individuals possible.

But, since the International Court of Justice is in the Netherlands, with lots of Catholics around, they have chosen to give this particular criminal organization, that calls itself a country, a pass. Reprehensible.
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11:41 AM on 04/20/2010
The Netherlands is also now experiencing this crisis firsthand.

"A European support center with a telephone hotline for victims claiming abuse by Catholic clergy has reported an astounding rise in complaints.

As the crisis continues to mire the reputation of Catholic institutions across Europe, the Help and Law line in the Netherlands has received 1,300 new reports since March, it has emerged on Tuesday. "

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=123208§ionid=351020605
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WhatTheHolyHeck
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12:22 PM on 04/20/2010
The Vatican claims all the "new" reports are just rehashing of old ones, but that's bullhockey. Only now are some of the faithful becoming strong enough to break away from their years of indoctrination and recognizing that they can speak out on their own behalf and not risk God's wrath. The brainwashing the church has performed did a great job of terrifying victims when they thought that no one would listen or believe.
11:21 AM on 04/20/2010
Advanced age? ... pooey!

All the more reason to detain this creep, just think of how many decades he's been up to this "deviant behavior". And, "confession" & "penance" don't cut it.

Call it what it really is: CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR.
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octavia1
11:18 AM on 04/20/2010
Considering how much corruption and lack of order there is in Latin America, I'm sure the cases of child rape have been much higher there.
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11:44 AM on 04/20/2010
Since Brazil's legislature launched a sex abuse investigation, and Barbosa has been detained, I'd say that's a pretty good precedent for other countries to follow in enforcing the law.
lilacluvr
Republicans need to clean up their own damn mess!
10:47 AM on 04/20/2010
As long as the Catholic Church has their power and money, nothing will touch them. But one day they will have to face the real God and answer for what they have done.
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WhatTheHolyHeck
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12:24 PM on 04/20/2010
From an atheist's perspective, this is one of the only situations in which I personally mourn the lack of a wrathful God. These child-rapists will not pay and will then simply expire and disappear from all existence.
lilacluvr
Republicans need to clean up their own damn mess!
10:46 AM on 04/20/2010
But, the Pope actually cried when he met with abuse victims recently. Isn't making the Pope cry enough pennance? (heavy sarcasm).
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10:43 AM on 04/20/2010
The media is so mean to the Catholic Church. Its high time the media focuses on the real evil, healthcare for the poor, reducing poverty and hunger, you know, those evil socialist things Jesus did in the bible. Its the liberal nuns that practice what Christ preached that are the real problem, not the cover-up of sexual abuse of peasant children. No compassionate conservative cared about a child once it was born.

There is a media driven perception problem, so its high time that the Catholic Church hire FOX News as their communications advisors because nobody can make a child victim look guilty better than FOX, just like the a 12 year-old boy talking about how a healthcare program saved his life, and nobody can make the guilty look like a victim better than FOX, remember the Somali pirates so wickedly snuffed by Obama just because they held a loaded gun to a US ship captain's head?

Is it just me or does David Koresh represent Pope Ratzinger's Catholic Church more accurately than Jesus? Imagine, the Vatican in Waco, how appropriate.
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ManuOB1
A voice crying in the wilderness
10:35 AM on 04/20/2010
Of course the proverbial "Second Shoe" had yet to drop. Have you any idea the number of priests and bishops in Latin America and Africa who have women and illegitimate children on the side?
10:46 AM on 04/20/2010
Not many do, their heads have and in some case still buried in the sand.
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hollybork
10:31 AM on 04/20/2010
Excuse my error in my post. I meant to say:
It is routine for pedophiles to deny they are pedophiles, just as it is usual for alcholics or drug addicts to deny they are addicted substance abusers. What takes this out of the realm of the ordinary is this: "[he insists] 'he is not a pedophile,' but after three former altar boys testified he had abused them, he asked for forgiveness." So the Church forgives him, and had it not been for the civil authorities getting invovled, this would continue and continue and continue ad nauseum. The Church is not only the largest closet for hidden pedophiles in the world, but it is their enabler and apologist.

This will only get worse until the Pope resigns or is removed by whatever remains of the contingent of honorable (and GOD FEARING) men that surround the Papacy.
01:38 PM on 04/20/2010
Is Cardinal Bernard Law God fearing? And more importantly, is he any different from the other cardinals that have used political savvy to attain their august rank? If they are popular and have been successful fund raisers,, this alone seems to warrant promotion to high office in this institution.
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hollybork
02:00 PM on 04/20/2010
You make good points. You are right to raise the questions you pose. If there are any God Fearing people in the clique surrounding the Papacy, they are required to act. I agree with your assessment of what warrants promotion in the Church and I would not be surprised if that means the Pope will not only escape responsibility, but will survive and continue to posture himself as a victim.

As to whether the infamous Bernard Law is God Fearing, I would say his behavior suggests he does not share with the body of Christ either a binding faith, nor with people of knowledge an actual experience of the reality of God. That is based upon what he had done and his seeking to get away with it. To do what he did and be protected by the Papacy is outrageous. To be promoted suggests both he and others are vile hypocrites using the church to perpetuate self business, protect their hegemony and power, and their rank to select scapegoats in order to distance themselves from the damage done by pedophilia and hypocrisy.
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thomashusted
10:26 AM on 04/20/2010
LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT A 83 YEAR OLD PRIEST WAS FILMED IN BED WITH A 19 YEAR OLD ALTAR BOY? NOW IF HE CAN EVEN GET IT UP AT 83 THAT SHOULD BE CONSIDER A MIRACLE WHICH WOULD QUALIFY THE PRIEST FOR SAINTHOOD IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH! MAKES YOU START TO WONDER HOW MANY MORE SEX SCANDALS WILL COME OUT CONCERNING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH? PROBABLY A LOT MORE.
12:14 PM on 04/20/2010
Why are you yelling?
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saywha
10:26 AM on 04/20/2010
First the US then Europe now Latin America. Why should any rational person believe that this is not a "world-wide" problem within the Catholic church? With all the abuse cases that are revealed, how many more are kept hidden? If the Catholic church will not protect its children then the society at large is obligated to take action, even if it means bringing these abusers to trial and prison. They are common criminals and should be treated as such. I'm sure Jesus is "weeping", again, over this abomination.
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puzzle49
10:19 AM on 04/20/2010
Let me see - you have the U.S. / Ireland / Germany / Latin America

Children abused by the Catholic Church in all these countries - Do I see a worldwide ring here ?
I won't mention what the Catholic Church has done to indigenous minority populations in countries where they have "spread the word".

Did I miss any countries ?

When will everyone wake up ?

Keeo sending them your money and your children !
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10:25 AM on 04/20/2010
Austria, the Netherlands, Canada, Norway
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puzzle49
10:34 AM on 04/20/2010
Thanjk you - it keeps getting worse and worse.

When will people wake up ?
01:42 PM on 04/20/2010
Let's add Australia and possibly New Zealand, shall we?
10:27 AM on 04/20/2010
As we speak the sleepers awaken.
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puzzle49
10:35 AM on 04/20/2010
I don't know - I was on another blog and some woman was going on about how the press was crucifying the Catholic Church and making all this stuff up.
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Javaline
10:18 AM on 04/20/2010
If any other business were discovered trafficking in child prostitution they would be shut down, the perps arrested and the funds confiscated. Make no mistake - the churches of this world are businesses, and they should no longer rely on their supposed godliness to protect them from the law.

This church cares about its power and its wealth. If it really cared about it's "flock" it would distribute that wealth among all to assure themselves a lace in heaven.
10:12 AM on 04/20/2010
The best part of this story (I'm Brazilian) is that the young altar boy had a friend secretly film him having sex with the old monsignor, and then tried to blackmail him for something like 150K dollars. The old man offered 20K dollars (how does he get so much money, btw?) and the boy gave him the tape - a copy, of course. Then the boy made copies of the tape that were quickly sold in the streets and became the talk of the town... Ha ha ha.

But some people are so gullible and brainwashed b religion that even so, with the evidence right before their eyes, they will continue to flock and DONATE to the RCC, a haven for child rapists. Witness how the victims who recently met the Pope prayed with him and said they forgive everything..... When will mankind finally become rational??
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11:31 AM on 04/20/2010
Ratzinger took steps to ramp up the policy of child indoctrination.

"Cardinal Ratzinger ruffled feathers almost upon arrival in Munich by ordering priests to return to celebrating First Communion and first confession in the same year, rather than having the first confession a year later, a practice that had become established over the previous decade, and which its advocates considered more appropriate for young children."

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/world/europe/28church.html
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KIVPossum
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10:12 AM on 04/20/2010
Let's put the blame where it belongs.....on the Catholic laity. This has been know for ages and ages, well publicized for decades, and they keep walking in the doors, keep tossing money at the priests, keep pretending it is a rare instance.

The church will never change until the faithful demand it changes.
10:23 AM on 04/20/2010
A friend of mine was raised in a Catholic school in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He was constantly "molested" (i.e. raped) by a certain priest from ages 10 to 18. At 14 he mustered the courage to tell his father, who gave him a sound beating for slandering the good priest.

Most catholics believe (or believed) so firmly in the sanctity of the church that they just could not accept the facts, the hard facts just can't penetrate their brainwashed minds.
10:09 AM on 04/20/2010
What a shocker! NOT!