Germany's sex abuse scandal has now reached Pope Benedict XVI: His former archdiocese acknowledged it transferred a suspected pedophile priest while Benedict was in charge and criticism is mounting over a 2001 Vatican directive he penned instructing bishops to keep abuse cases secret.
The revelations have put the spotlight on Benedict's handling of abuse claims both when he was archbishop of Munich from 1977-1982 and then the prefect of the Vatican office that deals with such crimes — a position he held until his 2005 election as pope.
Benedict got a firsthand readout of the scope of the scandal Friday in his native land from the head of the German Bishop's Conference, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, who reported that the pontiff had expressed "great dismay and deep shock" over the scandal, but encouraged bishops to continue searching for the truth.
Protect the church over innocent children, are you kidding me? That's manipulation and exploitation of innocents- corruption and misuse of power!
Answer by Sisteract at 11:19 AM on Mar. 13, 2010
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:30 PM on Mar. 12, 2010
Answer by older at 7:34 PM on Mar. 12, 2010
Answer by TaiM at 7:39 PM on Mar. 12, 2010
Sick fuckers! I hope they rot in Hell.... The very place they proclaim they will never go! yeah right.... you touch little boys and the devil will do same to you!
Answer by soonmommyof3 at 7:41 PM on Mar. 12, 2010
Answer by LoriKeet at 7:42 PM on Mar. 12, 2010
The whole transferring and "hiding" of pedophile priests was the final straw that turned me away from the Catholic Church
something we can agree on! lol
It isn't that I think all priests are this way, but the system in place that protected those monsters....
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 7:49 PM on Mar. 12, 2010
The whole transferring and "hiding" of pedophile priests was the final straw that turned me away from the Catholic Church!
Add my husband and myself to the list. The act is 1 thing-the covering up (by leaders/authorities) takes it to another level.
Answer by Sisteract at 8:08 PM on Mar. 12, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 8:46 PM on Mar. 12, 2010
I do not agree with this from the Vatican. But I also think birth control is GREAT and LOVE my lesbian family members. There are pedophiles everywhere and as many on HERE have pointed out to me MANY times when they think I shelter my kids too much, that kids are more likely to be molested by family members then strangers. I am still a member of the Catholic church but we dont go all the time. I have not attended MY church when there was a priest that gave me the eebbie geebies. Then he left and I like the new priest. :) Catholic charities do a great deal for a great deal of people and to paint ALL priests and the entire religion with the same brush is pretty crappy. AND to say that because the priesthood is celibate THAT is WHY........that makes NO sense....then why are the REST of molesters molesters huh? Good Grief.
Answer by momof030404 at 9:20 PM on Mar. 12, 2010