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Files Show Chicago Archdiocese Hid Decades Of Child Sex Abuse
CBS Chicage ^ | January 21, 2014

Posted on 01/21/2014 11:02:18 AM PST by Gamecock

After a 13-year-old boy reported in 1979 that a priest raped and threatened him at gunpoint to keep quiet, the Archdiocese of Chicago assured the boy’s parents that, although the cleric avoided prosecution, he would receive treatment and have no further contact with minors.

But the Rev. William Cloutier, who already had been accused of molesting other children, was returned to ministry a year later and went on to abuse again before he resigned in 1993, two years after the boy’s parents filed a lawsuit.

Officials took no action against Cloutier over his earliest transgressions because he “sounded repentant,” according to internal archdiocese documents released Tuesday.....

(Excerpt) Read more at chicago.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: catholic; pedophiles; priests

1 posted on 01/21/2014 11:02:18 AM PST by Gamecock
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To: metmom; Alex Murphy
But according to this thread it's all OK. The Roman Catholic Church and secular organizations should be held to the same standard.
2 posted on 01/21/2014 11:04:35 AM PST by Gamecock (Celebrating 20,000 posts of dubious quality.)
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To: Gamecock

I think during that time these types of crimes were largely being covered up. I certainly dont remember hearing about any of them.


3 posted on 01/21/2014 11:20:45 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Gamecock

4 posted on 01/21/2014 11:33:17 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: driftdiver

During the 1970s and into the early 80s, the “treatment” for the abusers of minors was not jail, but to send them off for “counseling” or some sort of vaguely defined therapy. This was true not only in the Church, but in society as a whole. They appear to have done that in many of theses cases, and then just taken the therapist’s word that the offender was cured and reassigned him.

That’s not a defense, but it’s something that must be kept in mind. However, that said, Bernardin was one of the most liberal and gay friendly bishops of a bad lot. He did tremendous damage to the Church because he was very powerful and also politically connected and beloved of the press.


5 posted on 01/21/2014 11:37:47 AM PST by livius
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To: Gamecock

Yes under civil and criminal law they should be held to the same standard. Under canon law they still have rights to due process and when found guilty discipline that both punishes the priest and protects the public should be meted out.


6 posted on 01/21/2014 11:42:03 AM PST by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: livius

“Bernardin was one of the most liberal and gay friendly bishops of a bad lot.”

You are exactly right. Bernardin was idolized by the press, and was very liberal. His grave is not very far from where I live, located in a Catholic cemetary west of Chicago.


7 posted on 01/21/2014 11:47:54 AM PST by flaglady47 (Proud Conservative Republican)
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To: lastchance

Not speaking of a judicial standard. But a worldly standard.


8 posted on 01/21/2014 11:50:24 AM PST by Gamecock (Celebrating 20,000 posts of dubious quality.)
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To: livius

“This was true not only in the Church, but in society as a whole. They appear to have done that in many of theses cases, and then just taken the therapist’s word that the offender was cured and reassigned him.”

That’s right; civil law treated the perverts the same way. I read Cardinal Law’s deposition from Boston, and he had a “doctor’s note” for every freak they sent back into ministry. Back in the day that was sufficient; now we know better. In my town they have “civilly committed” sex offenders; they have served their time but can’t be released because their shrinks say they’ll do it again...


9 posted on 01/21/2014 12:00:51 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Gamecock

“The Roman Catholic Church and secular organizations should be held to the same standard.”

Okay, as long as we get to bring Protestants and “secular organizations” before inquisition trials - I’m all for it. Always be careful what you wish for.


10 posted on 01/21/2014 12:06:45 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: Gamecock

Chicago.....produces a LOTTA ROT....sheesh.


11 posted on 01/21/2014 12:13:46 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: vladimir998
The issue is shifting pedophiles priests around, the cover up.

If a Protestant church does that they are just as culpable.

12 posted on 01/21/2014 12:16:53 PM PST by Gamecock (Celebrating 20,000 posts of dubious quality.)
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To: Gamecock
This is Cardinal Bernardin's legacy.

Below is an excerpt from Paul Likoudis' book AmChurch Comes Out regarding the Bernardin saga. (Likoudis is news editor of The Wanderer, a Catholic newspaper.)



Bernardin's legacy to the American Church will be discussed and debated, quite possibly, for centuries. No one disputes his influence: as creator of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and United States Catholic Conference; as a bishop-maker who, working with former Archbishop Jean Jadot, gave the American hierarchy its pronounced pro-gay orientation; as a subtle provocateur who nudged, consoled and empowered dissenters while professing his loyalty to his Roman superiors; as an architect of proposals to deconstruct the Roman liturgy, Catholic education and the all-important field of catechetics.

Bernardin, it must be recalled, at least briefly, was sponsored, tutored and promoted by a number of dubious characters, not only his clerical godfather and mentor, Archbishop Paul Hallinan of Atlanta, who served as a bishop in Bernardin's hometown, Charleston. Bernardin's other "godfather" was Archbishop (later Cardinal) John Dearden, who would be responsible for the appointment of such notorious pro-homosexual bishops as Detroit Auxiliary Tom Gumbleton, Ken Untener of Saginaw, Joseph Imesch of Joliet, and Springfield's Daniel Ryan.

Bernardin's supporters look at all his accomplishments and call them good. To do so, they have to overlook many things, including his connections to some of the most evil men to ever enter the priesthood.

When Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Archbishop of Chicago, died November 14, 1996 of pancreatic cancer at age 68, he proved himself an impresario to the end, conducting a public relations/media blitz that crescendoed with calls for his canonization....

Everything he did, from the well-publicized death-bed visit by his dear friend Ann Landers, to the gay choir that sang at his funeral Mass, the visit by Hillary Clinton and the letter from her husband, Bill, to the Bernardin books and the documentary video produced and released as soon as he was buried, was orchestrated perfectly....

There were many reasons why Bernardin welcomed death, least of which was that his carefully crafted image as the saintly prelate, the good listener, the consensus builder, the faithful son of the Church, was rapidly dissolving.

His closest friend from his South Carolina days, Monsignor Frederick Hopwood, had been accused of abusing hundreds of boys dating back to the early 1950s, when he and Bernardin shared a residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, where some of the alleged abuse took place.

An attorney involved in representing some of Hopwood's victims told Roman Catholic Faithful, "Hopwood was not your ordinary pedophile. He abused hundreds of boys at the rectory at a time when Bernardin was serving, theoretically, as assistant chancellor and at Camp St. Mary's in Beaufort."...

At the time the Hopwood allegations became public in late December 1993, Bernardin was having trouble on another front. A former seminarian from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Steven Cook, filed a $10 million lawsuit against Bernardin and Cincinnati priest Ellis Harsham The suit accused Harsham, when he was a priest at St. Gregory seminary in Cincinnati in the mid 1970s, of numerous coercive sexual acts against him, and then delivering him to Bernardin, then archbishop of Cincinnati, for the same purposes.

Several months later, however, in February 1994, Cook dropped Bernardin from the suit, saying he couldn't trust his memory. Cook never retracted his charges; nor did he say they were inaccurate — contrary to the accepted party line that Bernardin had been exonerated, which persists to this day. Four months later, Cook's suit against Harsham was conveniently, at least for Bernardin, settled out of court. While Bernardin was allowed to remain as Archbishop of Chicago, Harsham was placed immediately on administrative leave when the lawsuit was filed; he left the priesthood a few months later.

While Bernardin went on to have a very public (and filmed) reconciliation with Cook, showing the world what a generous man he was in forgiving a man who had accused him of sexual crimes, Bernardin's lawyers were involved in hushing up another case in which seminarians in Winona, Minnesota, had accused Bernardin and three other bishops of participating in sexual/satanic rituals at the seminary. Among the facts that the plaintiffs in that case marshaled for their suit: Bernardin was frequently accompanied by Steven Cook. The settlement stemming from the lawsuit has been sealed, but details of the settlement have made their way to select individuals, including this reporter, from a bishop who received a copy of the settlement.

In the two years leading up to his death, even as he orchestrated brutal assaults against clerical sexual abuse victims of clerical sexual abuse and their parents in Chicago, one after another of Bernardin's closest clerical friends from his native Diocese of Charleston made the newspapers, all for charges of pedophilia: Father Eugene Condon, Father Justin Goodwin, Father James Robert Owens-Howard, Father Paul F.X. Seitz, in addition to continuing allegations against Hopwood.

It is the Hopwood case that, perhaps, raises the most suspicions about Bernardin.

Hopwood, ordained in June 1951 in Maryknoll, New York, began working as a priest in the Charleston Diocese in January 1952. He was incardinated into the Charleston Diocese in November 1954, and appointed assistant chancellor. Reputedly, he was Bernardin's best friend and seminary roommate.

Bernardin was ordained April 26, 1952, at St. Joseph's Church in Columbia. In 1954, he was appointed chancellor of the diocese by Bishop John Russell, who himself [was] accused of Satanism and sexual abuse by the same woman, "Agnes," who [also] accused Bernardin of sexual abuse and took all her charges to the Vatican in person. Agnes' story, and the ritual she was subjected to, was dramatized in the opening chapter of the late Malachi Martin's frightening novel of ecclesiastical intrigue, Windswept House.

According to Marion Lafong, who was sexually abused by Hopwood in the late 1950s, Bernardin and Hopwood (and the other priests named above) "were buddies." In an interview shortly after Bernardin's death, Lafong said that one of his co-plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Hopwood was sodomized in the cathedral rectory by Hopwood and another priest, though that victim didn't know who the perpetrator was because he had been blindfolded.

He also declared that in negotiations with the Archdiocese of Chicago lawyers in the efforts to settle the lawsuits without a trial, "Bernardin's name came up a large number of times," along with charges that Hopwood had presided over satanic rituals involving animals in the woods where some of his victims were abused. While Hopwood was resident at the cathedral in Charleston, he was also working at Bishop England High School and was chaplain at the Citadel.

Bernardin was named monsignor in 1959, and continued to serve the bishop as chancellor and, after 1966, as an auxiliary bishop in Atlanta, under Archbishop Paul Hallinan, his mentor who was among the most strident and aggressive "Americanists" in the U.S. hierarchy at the time.

Bernardin acquired power rapidly. As his friends back in Charleston continued buggering little boys, Bernardin used his influence, starting in 1968, as General Secretary of the U.S. Catholic Conference, to select bishops (many of whom are still ordinaries) who would, to put it charitably, condone and promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle and tolerate the sexual abuse of children by priests.

In December 1994, another of Bernardin's circle was accused of sexual abuse, Father Paul Seitz, then 67, pastor of Prince of Peace parish in Taylor, South Carolina. At the time charges were filed, diocesan spokeswoman Mary Jeffcoat said, the abuse happened while Seitz was stationed in Aiken County 30 years ago, in 1964.

In June 1996, another priest in Bernardin's circle of friends, Father Eugene Condon, then 66, retired from active ministry, three weeks after the 9th Circuit solicitor's office informed the diocese it was investigating Condon on charges he had sexually abused minor males and exposed them to pornography and alcohol.

In June 1995, Father Justin Goodwin, then 89, was charged with sexual abuse of minor males. Goodwin had served in the Charleston diocese, which includes all of South Carolina, since 1953. Before that he served in Washington, D.C., New York and North Carolina churches. Interestingly, he too spent time at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston....
13 posted on 01/21/2014 12:20:41 PM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: flaglady47

More importantly where is his soul?
Wanna take a guess?
I’m not judging, just saying.


14 posted on 01/21/2014 12:35:11 PM PST by wakibeach (Catholic First, American Second)
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To: driftdiver

Isn’t that the point, that the Catholic church was covering up these crimes during over those decades?


15 posted on 01/21/2014 12:37:05 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Gamecock

What’s most appalling is HOW LONG it took the church to deal with this issue and to finally QUIT covering up these events. The willful blindness was astounding. How could a world-wide, extremely well funded, politically powerful institution of “high moral authority” possibly be so bizarrely disconnected from reality??


16 posted on 01/21/2014 12:46:45 PM PST by floridavoter2
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To: 9YearLurker

Sure thats the point of the article. My point is that society in general was covering these crimes up during those times.

At least I don’t ever remember hearing about them growing up.


17 posted on 01/21/2014 12:57:48 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: 9YearLurker
Isn’t that the point, that the Catholic church was covering up these crimes during over those decades?

No. The point is that the Catholic Church was committing those crimes, as is plainly obvious.

18 posted on 01/21/2014 12:57:53 PM PST by Misterioso (All life is a purposeful struggle, and your only choice is the choice of a goal. - Ayn Rand)
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To: 9YearLurker

Nobody “covered it up”; the reports trickled for decades until there was a need for mass attack by the MSM creating the impression of some major “cover up.”

BTW, the “children” involved were mostly boys: 90%+.

MSM disclose or cover up things to manipulate public opinion. It’s very effective.

Example
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/04/09/Media-Ignore-Gay-Couple-Accused-of-Rape-Born-Alive-Baby-Screams-During-Abortion


19 posted on 01/21/2014 1:10:00 PM PST by heyheyhey
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To: Gamecock

All rapists should be held to the same standard, wherever they are found. Did the parents call the police, or did they remain silent because a priest was the guilty party? In the case of one pervert priest that I am aware of, the father of the victim agreed to keep quiet, as long as the priest agreed to get help for his “problem”. This silence on the part of the victim’s family put others at risk.


20 posted on 01/21/2014 1:24:18 PM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: Misterioso
No. The point is that the Catholic Church was committing those crimes, as is plainly obvious

asinine comment.....individuals within the church, just as individuals in every other church, school system, scout program, family, etc were involved....the Catholic Church cannot commit crimes, her members can, but she can't.

21 posted on 01/21/2014 1:37:28 PM PST by terycarl
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To: Gamecock

All Christians should hold themselves to a better standard than that of the World. For those priests and all of us will be judged by Christ who will cast into utter darkness those who have sinned without repentance.

Were terrible injustices done by Bishops in response to sexual abuse by clergy? Yes. Were those always with ill intent towards victims? I doubt it. But the fact remains by believing worldly counsel when it came to how to deal with this sin the Bishops failed the victims. They also failed Christ, because it is by His standards they should have conducted themselves.

Whether their response was to protect the Diocese from scandal or because they thought clergy could be healed their concern was based on keeping the good opinion of the world by giving it the pride of place rather than yielding to what Jesus told us in Scripture. Millstones.


22 posted on 01/21/2014 1:39:33 PM PST by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: terycarl

Those who covered up are as guilty of those who perpetrated.

It’s no different than if they were literally watching down the hallway at the door while the abuse was going on.

So considering the cover up was by the Catholic HIERARCHY, then yes, the CHURCH is responsible for the crimes.

Those in authority are always responsible for the actions of those under their authority. It happens in business. It happens in the military. No church is exempt either.


23 posted on 01/21/2014 1:41:13 PM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: Gamecock

Still waiting...tap..tap..tap.

Maybe the new Pope will finally do something about it?

Meanwhile, gorgeous old churches are being hit by the wrecking ball in my Diocese, and the land being sold, to pay for the transgressions of homosexual pedophile priests.

Will it ever end?


24 posted on 01/21/2014 1:45:04 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: livius

Oh, yes—we mustn’t forget Bernardin, who would send over to the Seminary for the most beautiful students to accompany him in his afternoon dalliances.


25 posted on 01/21/2014 1:46:42 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: metmom

“watching down the hallway”

...and sometimes hearing the screams of 6 year old boys in the shower stall upstairs in the rectory, in Massachusetts.

It’s in the Porter trial transcripts.

(I am not making it up.)


26 posted on 01/21/2014 1:48:30 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: Brian Kopp DPM

Great find. Thanks for posting.

Bernardin was a very evil man.


27 posted on 01/21/2014 1:50:36 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: miserare

Oh, gag.........


28 posted on 01/21/2014 2:01:09 PM PST by metmom (...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith....)
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To: Gamecock

Hey, this was Bad, I mean BAD. BAD, BAD.

But, how many times must we see these stories recycled, and then recycled again, and then again, and again, and again, and.......................??????


29 posted on 01/21/2014 2:35:08 PM PST by Gumdrop
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To: heyheyhey

Of course the Church covered it up—have you not been paying attention?

And yes, it’s primarily been a gay thing.


30 posted on 01/21/2014 2:35:37 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker

There are none so blind as those who will not see.

This applies to many brainwashed Catholics, who still believe that priests can do no wrong.


31 posted on 01/21/2014 2:39:03 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: lastchance

I think some people in the Church were confused, some were naive, and some (such as Bernardin, Weakland, Mahony, etc.) were genuinely evil. Mahony is no longer in LA but he’s still a cardinal of voting age and seems to be in the good graces of Pope Francis (who celebrated mass with him a couple of days ago, ironically, right after issuing a statement lamenting sexual abuse).


32 posted on 01/21/2014 3:45:47 PM PST by livius
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To: miserare

Bernardin and his circle were entirely corrupt and evil, and I have always thought that Malachi Martin was right on target in Windswept House. Strangely enough, the very unimportant Charleston, SC was where all these people met and then went on to ruin the Church in the US.


33 posted on 01/21/2014 3:48:48 PM PST by livius
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To: livius

Windswept House—a very important book, which most Catholics have never heard of.

Martin dared to tell the truth.


34 posted on 01/21/2014 3:50:56 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: terycarl

Failing to remove the threat of abuse to their children is criminal neglect. That’s like saying the parents of an older son who abuses their younger son are innocent, since it is the fault of the older son.


35 posted on 01/21/2014 5:18:49 PM PST by Misterioso (All life is a purposeful struggle, and your only choice is the choice of a goal. - Ayn Rand)
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To: miserare
This applies to many brainwashed Catholics, who still believe that priests can do no wrong.

who the hell ever said that??????? Priests are people just like you and me YES, priests did many foul and sinful things...some of them got caught, some didn't..every other crime fills the same bill....some get caught, some don't...the Catholic church did not handle the problem, at the time correctly...no doubt about it....but it was society, not the church, who decided that peadophiles were better treated than prosecuted...they can be treated by psychiatrists, they need to be understood, they need whatever....and it was society which demanded that the scumbags be treated instead of being strung up...


36 posted on 01/21/2014 8:42:41 PM PST by terycarl ( some priesta)
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To: miserare
This applies to many brainwashed Catholics, who still believe that priests can do no wrong.

who the hell ever said that??????? Priests are people just like you and me YES, priests did many foul and sinful things...some of them got caught, some didn't..every other crime fills the same bill....some get caught, some don't...the Catholic church did not handle the problem, at the time correctly...no doubt about it....but it was society, not the church, who decided that peadophiles were better treated than prosecuted...they can be treated by psychiatrists, they need to be understood, they need whatever....and it was society which demanded that the scumbags be treated instead of being strung up...

37 posted on 01/21/2014 8:44:47 PM PST by terycarl ( some priesta)
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To: Misterioso
Failing to remove the threat of abuse to their children is criminal neglect. That’s like saying the parents of an older son who abuses their younger son are innocent, since it is the fault of the older son.

yes and no....society, EVERYONE, determined that peadophiles could be treated and it was wrong to prosecute the poor babies.....in retrospect, it was, of course not a good decision, but ALL of society decided that the gay peadophiles should be given a second chance......and a third,.....and a fourth kind of like today, 2% of the population is dictating the rules.....PATHETIC!!!

38 posted on 01/21/2014 9:08:05 PM PST by terycarl (common sense prevails over all)
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To: terycarl
2% of the population is dictating the rules.....

Dictating? To whom? The Catholic Church? Since when does the Church follow any 'dictates' but God's?

39 posted on 01/21/2014 11:42:57 PM PST by Misterioso (All life is a purposeful struggle, and your only choice is the choice of a goal. - Ayn Rand)
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To: terycarl
the Catholic Church cannot commit crimes, her members can, but she can't.

Organizations can and do commit crimes. While the individuals may carry out the acts which constitute the crime, the criminal activity can be directed (and in some causes, directly carried out by) the organization. The organization is just as culpable in that situation. You aren't going to suggest are you that the crimes of a drug cartel are the crimes of just the individuals who committed the crimes or that the crimes of the party members didn't accrue to the entire Nazi Party who were directing those crimes?

I would agree that Christ's universal (i.e., catholic) Church cannot commit sin (and therefore the crimes associated with those sins) but that is not the case with the organization that we know as the Roman Catholic Church. As we can see with this disgusting situation, that organization is perfectly capable of committing a conspiracy.

If the Roman Catholic Church had dealt with this issue adequately and didn't publicize it, I wouldn't criticize her, provided the problem really was dealt with adequately. I don't think that anyone necessarily has the obligation to reveal all its problems (barring legal requirements for disclosure). However, the reports seem to suggest that the Roman Catholic Church did not deal with these issues adequately and the silence was a shield to conceal that.

40 posted on 01/22/2014 8:05:16 AM PST by CommerceComet (No more GOP-e. Cruz to victory in 2016.)
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To: CommerceComet
However, the reports seem to suggest that the Roman Catholic Church did not deal with these issues adequately and the silence was a shield to conceal that.

nope....to suggest for a moment that the Roman Catholic Church, headquartered in Rome Italy in any way conspired with the few homosexuals who abused little boys (usually teenagers) under therir control is nonsense...there were, of course individuals who were irresponsible and criminal...but the church itself....no. Were the violations handled properly in every case, no. but in far too many cases current teachings having to do with treatment VS punishment were followed....these people can be helped through psychiatric treatment, it didn't quite work out the way that they thought.bad people, bad behavior, not properly handled....simple as that.

41 posted on 01/22/2014 6:00:52 PM PST by terycarl (common sense prevails over all)
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To: terycarl
Sorry but I don't buy that for one second. It is convenient to use this as an excuse for the actions taken but it also appears clear that the motive had more to do with a desire to keep the crimes from becoming public knowledge.

I didn't actually say that the conspiracy extended all the way to Rome. It appears to be a conspiracy by elements within an organization based in Rome to protect the reputation of the organization (and their colleagues and themselves, to some degree). If such a conspiracy unravels, it might stretch to the highest levels but I'm not saying that it has yet.

42 posted on 01/23/2014 8:05:24 AM PST by CommerceComet (Ignore the GOP-e. Cruz to victory in 2016.)
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