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    The latest spin out of the Vatican re sexual abuse

    The Irish Times - Thursday, April 8, 2010
    Vatican hits back again at criticism over child sex abuse
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    PADDY AGNEW in Rome

    THE VATICAN has again hit back in strong terms at those criticising the Catholic Church over its handling of the sexual abuse of children by priests.

    In an interview yesterday a senior Vatican figure, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, said criticism of the Holy See over the issue was “truly incomprehensible”.

    “What we are dealing with now is a cultural battle: the pope embodies moral truths which people don’t accept and for that reason the shortcomings and errors of priests are used as arms against the church,” he told the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano.

    Cardinal Sodano, who at the weekend said the church would not be distracted by “idle gossip”, in an apparent reference to the child abuse scandal, again defended the record of the pope and bishops on the issue.

    “It was not the fault of Jesus if he was betrayed by Judas. Nor is it the fault of a bishop if one of his priests sullies himself with grave crimes. And certainly, it is not the responsibility of the pontiff,” he said.

    “The Christian community correctly feels itself injured when people try to involve it as a whole in grave and painful incidents concerning some priests, thus transforming individual guilt and responsibility into collective guilt with a manipulation that is truly incomprehensible.”

    Cardinal Sodano, who is deacon of the College of Cardinals and served for 15 years as Vatican secretary of state, likened current international criticism of the pope to that suffered by Pius X “for his battles against modernism”, to criticism of Pius XII for “his behaviour during the second World War” and to criticism of Paul VI in relation to the Humanae Vitae encyclical, confirming the church’s ban on contraception.

    The cardinal’s defence of the pope and the church came as fresh revelations of clerical sex abuse came to light, this time in Norway.

    The Holy See confirmed yesterday that the former Bishop of Trondheim, Georg Mueller, resigned in June of last year because he had sexually abused a minor, 20 years ago.

    In a brief communique, the Vatican’s senior spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, confirmed a report on Bishop Mueller which had appeared yesterday on the website of Norwegian state broadcaster Nrk, saying: “I confirm the information given by Bishop Bernd Eidsvig, the Apostolic Administrator of Trondheim (Norway), with regard to the former Bishop of Trondheim, Monsignor Georg Mueller, who was Bishop from 1997 to 2009.

    “The incident in question concerns the sexual abuse of a minor at the beginning of the ‘90s, an incident that became known to the ecclesiastical authorities in January 2009.

    “The question was examined and rapidly dealt with by the Stockholm nunciature, acting on a mandate from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.”

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    I love this blog:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-..._b_525427.html

    When Bill Donohue dies, I hope they canonize him and he'll be the Patron Saint of Child Molestation.


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    When you think it could not go any lower, there goes the Vatican and reaches a new level in infra-humanity...

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    Quote Originally Posted by agnes View Post


    When you think it could not go any lower, there goes the Vatican and reaches a new level in infra-humanity...
    I am waiting for them to say or imply that the children were "asking for it." They have no scruples at all.

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    Why don't the Vatican (Italy) have "Ombudspersons for Children"?... hmm

    http://crin.org/enoc/

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