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Clergy abuse victims criticize RI bishop, agree with them?

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters said Tuesday that Rhode Island's Roman Catholic bishop is not doing enough to protect children from pedophile priests even as he's taken on Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy for his stance on abortion rights.

A small group of protesters gathered outside Bishop Thomas Tobin's office in Providence two days after news broke that the bishop had asked Kennedy in 2007 not to take Holy Communion because he supports abortion rights.

"He claims that it's important that we protect the unborn. But it's equally as important to protect those who have been born and those young children who have been raped and sodomized by clerics and priests. But yet he seems to protect those clerics," said Ruth Moore, of Hull, Mass.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_ri_bishop_kennedy

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:33 PM on Nov. 24, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The group called on Tobin to publish the names of priests from the diocese who have been convicted of or admitted molesting children, or if a thorough investigation has turned up credible evidence of child molestation, even if no conviction resulted.

    The diocese has said in court papers that 125 of its priests have been accused of molesting children. While many of their names are known from lawsuits and news accounts, others have never been released.

    Mike Guilfoyle, a spokesman for the diocese, said some of those allegations were recanted, found to be false, or made after a priest has died, so he cannot defend himself. He said the diocese has taken extensive efforts to protect children, including taking out ads and encouraging people to come forward, as well as responding immediately to accusations of abuse and cooperating with law enforcement.
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:34 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • Still grinding that axe against the Catholic Church, Sweet??? We get it. You have no plans to join the Catholic Church.. lol...Ok, here goes again.. IMO~This is between a man who vocalized a confidential conversation and the church who spoke out against his claims. It's only as political as YOU choose make it... And given your 'dog with a bone' mentality towards all of this~I am sure you have only just begun.. Good Luck with that... :o)

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:46 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • Private? NOT WANTING TO SEEL PRESS or INFLUENCE politics?


     It was a good example of how we, as a conference, can work together to have a positive influence on legislation,” Bishop William Murphy, head of the domestic justice and human development committee of the U.S. Conference of Bishops, told the Catholic News Service last week.

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:53 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • grly, no ax. just want all religious entities OUT of politics

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:58 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • How about keeping politics OUT of RELIGION. Isnt THAT what the founding fathers meant...not the reverse. They were getting away from a ruling force that was monkeying around in their religion. Kennedy is a Catholic...the Catholics ARENT Kennedy's. He CHOSE to speak out against his own church and then isnt happy when they implement the restrictions that go along (and have gone along for CENTURIES) with the decisions he made. Not sure what your knowledge is of the Catholic church but let me explain something. You dont walk into a Catholic church...head for the alter, fall on your knees and BECOME Catholic. Catholic children take classes to be able take their first Communion they are well versed and FULLY understand the commitment they are making and what the beliefs are when you CHOOSE this religion when they make their confirmation. The CHURCHES stance is nothing new.

    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 9:15 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  •  The religion doesnt change for YOU.  As for these people....what HYPOCRITS...THEY are the ones making this political.  Like grly said this is between HIM and his church!  And if YOU think that the Catholic church is the only one with Pedophiles you are incredibly naive. 

    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 9:15 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT!!! If we are going to paint ALL priests as pedophiles because a few are....then WHY oh WHY would it NOT be ok to paint ALL Muslims as terrorists? Or all Imams?

    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 9:23 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • The religion doesnt change for YOU. Sure it does, if you have enough money. Ask all the mobsters that get priests to serve them


     And if YOU think that the Catholic church is the only one with Pedophiles you are incredibly naive.  That's a wild assumption you just made. What would make YOU assume I think that? It is their POLICY from the TOP of PROTECTING the ABUSERS, Aiding and abetting the molestors and give them with a fresh set of kids to abuse that I hate


    You dont walk into a Catholic church...head for the alter, fall on your knees and BECOME Catholic. Catholic children take classes to be able take their first Communion they are well versed and FULLY understand the commitment they are making and what the belie

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:26 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • You dont walk into a Catholic church...head for the alter, fall on your knees and BECOME Catholic. Catholic children take classes to be able take their first Communion they are well versed and FULLY understand the commitment they are making and what the beliefs are when you CHOOSE this religion when they make their confirmation. The CHURCHES stance is nothing new.


    Rep. Kennedy doesn't perform abortions, he didn;t have one, what church doctrine has he broken? He isn't making that moral decision for OTHERS....The law of the LAND is it is a legally protected medical procedure. The church has no say...I don't want my politicians making MORAL decisions for ME, do YOU?

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:29 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

  • The religion doesnt change for YOU. Sure it does, if you have enough money. Ask all the mobsters that get priests to serve the mob


    Any religion has this problem....refer to the:If we are going to paint ALL priests as pedophiles (crooked) because a few are....then WHY oh WHY would it NOT be ok to paint ALL Muslims as terrorists? Or all Imams?

    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 9:39 PM on Nov. 24, 2009

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