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The Pope is outraged, thoughts?

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict expressed "outrage, betrayal and shame" on Friday at the sexual abuse of children by priests in Ireland, which Church leaders said would lead to a shake-up of the Irish Roman Catholic Church.

Church sources expected some bishops to resign in the wake of a government report that said Church leaders in overwhelmingly Catholic Ireland had covered up widespread abuse of children by priests for 30 years.

"I think that we are looking at a very significant reorganization of the Church in Ireland," Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said after he and other Irish Church leaders held an emergency meeting with the Pope.

The Vatican said the pope would write to the Irish people about the crisis and a plan for action -- the first time a pope will devote a document solely to the clergy's abuse of children.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 1:11 PM on Dec. 11, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Glad to hear he is outraged, all I can say it is about time something is done!

    Answer by older at 1:49 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • "The Holy Father shares the outrage, betrayal and shame felt by so many of the faithful in Ireland, and he is united with them in prayer at this difficult time in the life of the Church," a Vatican statement said.

    Ireland has been in a state of shock since the publication of the Murphy Commission Report two weeks ago.

    The paper said the Church had "obsessively" hidden child abuse in the Dublin archdiocese from 1975 to 2004, and operated a policy of "don't ask, don't tell."

    A number of bishops who worked in Dublin during the period covered by the report are likely to offer to resign, Church sources said.

    The Vatican statement alluded to this, saying the Vatican would look into "questions concerning the governance of local Church leaders with ultimate responsibility for the pastoral care of children."

    Is he just bashing catholics too?

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:12 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:12 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • He isn't bashing Catholics. He's acknowledging a problem, and expressing regret for the Churches past behaviour of covering this disgusting abuse.

    But those who bring up the abuse of kids every time they want to hurt a Catholic, are bashing Catholics. Abuse is just as rampant in other Christian sects, and other religions. The Catholics are just east to pick on because they are so visible and powerful. When a Southern Baptist preacher gets caught molesting little boys, it doesn't make international news.   Because Southern Baptists don't have a Vatican.  They are not as powerful or wealthy as the Catholic Church.   Also, the Catholic Church is headquartered in Europe and held to Western standards.    The fact that we don't hear about abuses in some countries doesn't mean that they are not occuring.  They just aren't considered in the same light.


    Answer by Bezu at 1:21 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • Well, why not ? Most people who read about it will find the facts sickening !!! So why not the Pope !!!

    Just catholic bashing tooo !!!! No way , this was a gross breach of trust , unless he treated it seriously he would be as gulity as those who originally gave no respect to the complaints by those abused.

    Wrong is wrong, trying to justify it or play it down is a disgrace, as well as an insult to those who suffered.

    Answer by zanzeebeel at 1:27 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • I wonder what it is that makes the Preists go after children, especially boys. Is it some kind of psychological problem common in preisthood, or is it just the fact that he is a priest & can easily get a child to not say anything through manipulation. I mean, he could always go under disguise & get a prostitute, but no. Most choose to go for the young ones....boys especially. So, why? I'm just so curious....why young boy?

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:28 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • Riiiiight - outraged - sure he was. That's why whenever something like this occurs the priests aren't sent to prison or removed from the "cloth" nah we'll just transfer them somewhere they've never been heard of before so they can do it all again....disgusting

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:28 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • I am of the opinion that enforced celibacy is at the root of this problem. And there are plenty of priests who have affairs with their parishioners, it's not just children. And when it is the children it tends to be boys, because they have more interaction with the boys (you don't hear about the altar girls, do you?). I am glad that the Pope is acknowledging that this is a problem, and is taking steps to deal with it. Beyond that I don't have too much to say, as I am not Catholic.

    Answer by 29again at 1:45 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • Why is it that just Catholics get bashed? What about Jennings the school safety czar. By his OWN words he advocates oral sex between adults and small children. Where is the outrage there?

    What happened is horrible and an outrage. Yet many of you aren't equally outraged when teacher/student sex appears on the news on a daily basis. Where is your outrage for the worldwide human trafficking of children? I didn't see the OP start a question about the gay guy that was pimping his own son? Sickening.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 1:52 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • As a Catholic, I am outraged that it took the pope so long to reach this point. I don't particularly care for this pope...

    Answer by PsWifey at 2:17 PM on Dec. 11, 2009