Skip to comments.Church sexual abuse may have been factor in Pope Benedict's resignation
Posted on 02/11/2013 5:49:36 PM PST by Jyotishi
A Melbourne priest claims the extra strain placed on Pope Benedict from dealing with widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic Church may have been a factor in his resignation.
Father Max Vodola said the elderly Pope's shock exit from the role may be because he is too physically and emotionally weak to deal with the decades-old problem.
It comes as Archbishop Denis Hart leads Victorian tributes to the Pope, who he describes as gentle and loving.
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You said it was unprecedented. You were wrong and I demonstrated how you were wrong.
Where did you read/ see this. I have been scouring the news to see what his plans were and did not see anything about this.
Also will he still be entitled to a Papal burial?
Point of common ground.
You wouldnt know it by the media reports, but statistically sexual abuse was no more prevalent in the Catholic church than any other institution. Today it is less prevalent. It is true that priests didnt know what to do about the accusations and were guilty of presuming innocent. The same thing occurs in most cases of sexual abuse. There were plenty of accusations and witnesses of abuse at Penn State for example. The media doesnt seem to have a need to create a witch hunt for those people, and endlessly recycle the news stories with front page news 10 years later.
The media attacks, slanders, and defames the church the same way they do to other conservatives, and any one else who gets in the way of the culture of death. The fact that scandals are not made about abuses in other temples, churches, mosques, schools etc doesnt mean abuses are less prevalent, they are simply less relevant in this battle. If the world knew how much He loves us, it would be a better place.
The priests were raped by the children?
Deny and attack.
The Lance Armstrong defense.
Let me know when you can have a mature debate.
Nick - he is resigning because he is 85 and in bad health and not out of any political pressure that I am aware of. Where are you getting that info? I think it’s good that he is leaving before he deteriorates further and is passing it to someone in better health. What’s wrong with that? I don’t understand your concern. Put other pope’s lives in danger? How? Just curious where you are coming from. Thanks.
Honest question, did any of the priests serve time for their molestation?
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He is a Pope, not a Supreme Court justice, or some other secular job. That is what you don’t seem to understand. I’ll say it again: He is a pope, he doesn’t hold some secular job. They die in office they don’t resign. That has been a source of protection. But now the next Pope won’t have that protection. If he opposes gay marriage. The U.N., the media, etc. can hound him to resign. Now that they know that is a possibility, they will not let up.
You didn’t demonstrate that I was wrong at all. Your examples are completely off point and you know it.
Pope Benedict resigns: sex abuse survivors hope move eases prosecution
Victims and their advocates who hold pontiff responsible for covering up abuse push forward with international legal cases
By Karen McVeigh in New York, Monday, February 11, 2013
Before he became the pope, Cardinal Ratzinger headed the organisation responsible for dealing with abuse cases. Photograph: Paul White/AP
Victims of the child sex abuse crisis that has engulfed the Catholic church during Pope Benedict’s tenure welcomed his unexpected resignation on Monday, amid speculation over what prompted his departure.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (Snap), an organisation of 12,000 members worldwide, claim Benedict is personally responsible for widespread abuse within the church because he chose to protect its reputation over the safety of children. US lawyers who are currently suing the pontiff and other high-ranking Holy See officials for systematically concealing sexual crimes around the world, said his resignation may lead to more international prosecutions.
David Clohessy, executive director of Snap, condemned the pope’s “terrible record” on child sex abuse and said he hoped he would “finally show some courageous leadership on the abuse crisis” in his remaining days.
Ok. You didn’t offer any logic other than your belief pope’s should die in office for some reason. I wanted to see where you are coming from and I do appreciate the response. You have nothing. :-).
Father Murphy's Bishop was responsible for him, not Cardinal Ratzinger, or anyone in the Vatican. If his Bishop didn't turn him in the police, or discipline him in any way, that was his own fault. Neither Ratzinger, nor anyone in the Vatican, had any jurisdiction over the matter.
Nothing in your first histrionic post nor any of your subsequent posts suggests to me that you are interested in a mature discussion on this topic.
whatever. I was just curious as to why and really didn’t learn much. no biggie. sometimes i am just curious why people think a certain way without really caring to change their mind.
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