Skip to comments.Major scandals in Catholic Church
Posted on 03/22/2010 6:21:30 AM PDT by Gamecock
Pope Benedict's weekend apology to Ireland went further than any other papal statement on child-sex abuse by priests, but still fell too short for many victims of the scandals shaking the Catholic Church across Europe.
Following are details of some of the major abuse scandals in various countries:
SWITZERLAND: The Swiss Catholic Church is investigating allegations of abuse by clergy. The Diocese of Chur, in eastern Switzerland, said Saturday it was investigating about 10 complaints. The abbot of a monastery in the diocese said at least three of the 77 monks at Einsiedeln had committed acts of abuse since he took up office in December 2001, but no legal action had been taken.
NETHERLANDS: More than 200 Catholics have reported abuse after Radio Netherlands Worldwide and newspaper NRC Handelsblad revealed that three priests from the Salesian order abused pupils decades ago at a boarding school. The church there has set up an independent inquiry headed by a Protestant politician.
GERMANY: A Jesuit high school in Berlin reported cases of sexual abuse there in January, starting a series of revelations at other Catholic boarding schools and non-religious schools.
- The Regensburg diocese admitted physical and sexual abuse cases at a boarding school for its famous Domspatzen (cathedral sparrows) boys choir. Its director, Pope Benedict's brother, Rev. Georg Ratzinger, admitted to slapping boys to discipline them but denied knowledge of sexual abuse. The ensuing wave of abuse charges from previously silent victims has since reached about 250.
IRELAND: In April 2002, Bishop Brendan Comiskey of Ferns resigned over his handling of charges against a priest who committed suicide in 1999 while facing 66 charges of abuse.
- May 2009 - The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse issued a five-volume report that took nine years to compile. It said priests beat and raped children during decades of abuse in Catholic-run institutions.
- Nov. 2009 - The Murphy report, a government-commissioned inquiry into abuse in Dublin from 1975 to 2004 said church authorities covered up widespread cases of child sexual abuse until the mid-1990s.
- Dec. 2009 - After meeting two Irish church leaders, Pope Benedict said he shared the "outrage, betrayal and shame" over the scandal in Ireland.
- Feb. 2010 - Benedict held crisis talks with 24 Irish bishops at the Vatican. The bishops promised him they were committed to cooperating with authorities. Four bishops have offered their resignations and the pope has so far accepted one.
UNITED STATES: June 2002 - The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops agreed on a new policy that would forbid pedophile priests from ever again acting as clerics - but not necessarily expel them from the priesthood.
BRITAIN: July 2000 - London Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor acknowledged making a mistake in a previous post in the 1980s by allowing a pedophile priest to continue working. The priest was jailed in 1997 for abusing nine boys over a 20-year period.
AUSTRIA: July 2004 - Austrian News magazine Profil ran pictures of priests kissing and groping seminarians at a Catholic seminary in the St. Poelten diocese.
AUSTRALIA: July 2008 - On a visit to Australia, Pope Benedict apologized for sexual abuse by clergy. At that time there had been 107 convictions for sexual abuse in the church there.
MEXICO: March 2009 - Pope Benedict ordered an inquiry into the Legionaries of Christ priestly order whose founder was discovered to be a sexual molester. In 2006, the pope told the founder, Father Marcial Maciel, to retire to a life of "prayer and penitence". Maciel died in 2008. His order acknowledged in 2009 that he had fathered at least one child with a mistress.
CANADA: Oct. 2009 - Bishop Raymond Lahey of Antigonish, N.S., was charged with possession and importation of child pornography. Earlier that year, he had overseen a $13-million settlement with clerical abuse victims in the Antigonish diocese in a case dating back to 1950.
BTW, what quix has said about Rome is mild considering the attacks I have been subjected to on this thread.
Not whining, just point something out.
Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA LCWR President Leadership Conference of Women Religious Joan Chittister, OSB Co-Chair Global Peace Initiative of Women Erie, PA Leadership Team Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Leadership Team Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sr. Mary Persico, IHM President Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, PA Sr. Susan Hadzima, IHM Councilor for Missioning and Community Life Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, PA Mary Pelligrino, Marguerite Coyne, Rosanne Oberleitner, Carolyn Bodenshatz Leadership team Sisters of St. Joseph Baden, PA Sr. Helen McDonald, SHCJ Province Leader Society of the Holy Child Jesus Philadelphia, PA Vivien Linkhauer, SC Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, United States Province Greensburg, PA Leadership Team Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia Sister Barbara Hagedorn, SC Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Mt. St. Joseph, Ohio Marilyn Kerber, SNDdeN Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Canonical Representative, Ohio Province Sisters of St. Francis Tiffin, Ohio Leadership Team Sisters of the Precious Blood Dayton, OH Nancy Conway CSJ Congregation Leadership Team The Congregation of St. Joseph Joan Saalfeld, SNJM, Provincial Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary U.S.-Ontario Province Jo'Ann De Quattro, SNJM Sisters of the Holy Names U.S.-Ontario Province Leadership Team Josephine Gaugier, OP Adrian Dominican Sisters Holy Rosary Mission Chapter Prioress Adrian, MI Kathleen Nolan, OP Adrian Dominican Sisters Office of the General Council Joan Mumaw, IHM Vice President On behalf of the Leadership Council Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Monroe, MI Corinne Weiss, Servants of Jesus Leadership Team Saginaw MI Beatrice Haines, OLVM President, Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters Huntington, IN Eileen C. Reid, RJM Provincial Superior Religious of Jesus and Mary Washington DC Sister Cecilia Dwyer, O.S.B. Prioress Benedictine Sisters of Virginia Sr. Dorothy Maxwell, Councilor Sisters of St. Dominic Blauvelt, New York Adrian Dover OP Prioress Dominican Sisters of Houston, Texas Francine Schwarzenberger OP Dominican Sisters of Peace Denver, Colorado Rose Mary Dowling, FSM President Franciscan Sisters of Mary Margaret Byrne CSJP - Congregation Leader Teresa Donohue CSJP - Assistant Congregation Leader Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace Sr. Carmelita Latiolais, S.E.C. Sisters of the Eucharistic Covenant Sheral Marshall, OSF Provincial Councilor Sisters of St Francis The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes Sister Joann Sambs, CSA General Superior The Leadership Team of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis Sister Jane Blabolil, SSJ-TOSF Sister Michelle Wronkowski, SSJ-TOSF Sister Dorothy Pagosa, SSJ-TOSF Sister Linda Szocik, SSJ-TOSF Sr. Mary Genino (RSHM), Provincial Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary Western American Province. Debra M. Sciano, SSND Provincial Leader Milwaukee Province, School Sisters of Notre Dame Sister Liz Heese School Sisters of St. Francis US Province, Milwaukee, WI Marlene Weisenbeck, FSPA, President Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration La Crosse, WI Sharon Simon, OP President Racine Dominicans Maryann A. McMahon, O.P. Vice President Dominican Sisters of Racine, WI Agnes Johnson, OP Vice President Racine Dominicans Pat Mulcahey, OP Prioress of Sinsinawa Dominicans Theresa Sandok, OSM Servants of Mary (Servite Sisters) Ladysmith, Wisconsin Sister Maureen McCarthy School Sisters of St. Francis U.S. Provincial Team Milwaukee, WI Dolores Maguire Sisters of the Holy Faith Northern California LCWR Region XIV Patricia Anne Cloherty, PBVM Leadership Team, Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco Pam Chiesa, PBVM President Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco Gloria Inés Loya Leadership Team Sisters of the Presentation, San Francisco Gloria Marie Jones, OP Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Congregational Prioress and Council Mary Litell Provincial Councilor Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity St. Francis Province Sr Claire Graham SSS General Director Sisters of Social Service Encino CA Sr. Gladys Guenther SHF Sisters of the Holy Family Congregational President Fremont, CA Sister Patricia Rayburn, OSF, Provincial Minister, Sisters of St. Francis, Redwood City, CA Sisters of St. Louis, California Region Marianites of Holy Cross Sr. Suellen Tennyson, MSC Congregational Leader New Orleans, LA Sister Clare of Assisi Pierre, SSF Sisters of the Holy Family New Orleans, LA Congregation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Sister Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, O.Carm. Sister Andree Bindewald, O.Carm. Lacombe, Louisiana Sr. Mary Elizabeth Schweiger, OSB Subprioress Mount St. Scholastica Atchison, KS Janice Cebula, OSF President Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa Mary Rehmann, CHM President Congregation of the Humility of Mary Davenport, IA Sr. Joanne Buckman, OSU Usruline Sisters of Cleveland Jean Masterson, CSJ Congregation of St. Joseph Cincinnati, OH
WITH MUCH affection for my Calvinist Brothers and Sisters.
Like the Orthodox in Russia.
It seems that the way to do that would be to keep all sinners out of the clergy. I'm all in favor of a sinless clergy, aren't you?
The theory is great, it's the implementation that's tricky.
So it seems.
Very sadly so.
Thankfully, not all.
Thankfully most of those organizations don’t tarnish The Lord Jesus’ Name because they are busy glorifying mortals.
I spend 0% of my time wondering who your brothers are.
I spend <1% of my time noticing who you ping, and this thread happens to fall in that category. I presume you’re happy with the results thus far.
***It seems that the way to do that would be to keep all sinners out of the clergy. I’m all in favor of a sinless clergy, aren’t you?***
I would settle for an organization that would just take a stand against child predators.
However you seem to have a fascination on who I ping and why?
Deflections aren't useful here. Using outdated pejoratives serves no good purpose, except to inflame. If that's your goal, it deserves comment.
Wow, you can kind of line that list up with "women's religious communities that the Vatican should shut down or otherwise severely discipline" and they match exactly.
Sister Joan Chittister has already been disciplined for being pro-homosexual.
The Sinsinawa Dominicans are the community that had the "sister" working as a deathscort at an abortuary. They disciplined her after it became a public issue. ("Oops, got caught")
The "Leadership Conference of Women Religious" is mothership command central for feminist leftwing nuns.
(et cetera ad nauseam)
Oh, it's whining, all right.
I've been told over and over again by Protestants that "all sins are equal in God's eyes".
Were they wrong?
<1% is “fascination”? lol.
I’m just observant.
Nope. It’s not.
You want whining look at the Roman Catholic posters on this thread. As usual there is some world class whining going on, sprinkled with a generous amount of ad homs and strawmen.
The Vatican is just as much to blame, therefore.
No, I got tired of the lies.
That won't change my opinion, sorry.
sprinkled with a generous amount of ad homs and strawmen.
Hmm...is that like the false dilemma you offered me early on in the thread?
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