As I worte on the 16th, Pope Benedict XVI is going after all the fags in the Church and is going to toss them out, in order to prevent more child abuse problems. Of course, most gays don't abuse children, but don't confuse the Holy Father with the facts. The sun revolves around the Earth and thats that!
It appears, he might be a little late. A Grand Jury in Philadelphia just issued a report on the rampant abuse of children over many decades in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. [PI]
"Sexually abusive priests were left quietly in place or 'recycled' to unsuspecting new parishes - vastly expanding the number of children who were abused," the grand jury concluded."
The Grand Jury wrote that the Church hierarchy, "excused and enabled the abuse" for decades. In its callous, calculating manner, the archdiocese's 'handling' of the abuse scandal was at least as immoral as the abuse itself. What we have found were not acts of God, but of men who acted in His name and defiled it."
And here's a heads up for the Pope, in one case a preist who repeatedly raped an 11 year old girl took her to have an abortion. So it's not a about gay sex, its about sexual predators in collars.
But the Church is ready to admit guilt and make changes. Not really, their responce to the report went like this: the report is "incredibly biased and anti-Catholic" and a "a vile, mean-spirited diatribe."
Oh yes, poor Catholic Church. Call Rick Santorum for a donation.
A list of abuses by 63 preists who did this for decades goes like this:
"According to the report, victims of the abuse included:
An 11-year-old girl who was repeatedly raped by a priest who took her for an abortion when she became pregnant.
A fifth grader who was molested by a priest inside a confessional.
A teenage girl who was groped by a priest while she lay immobilized in traction in a hospital room.
A priest who offered money to boys in exchange for sadomasochistic acts of bondage and wrote a letter asking a boy to make him his "slave." The priest remains in ministry.
A priest who abused boys playing the roles of Jesus and other biblical characters in a parish Passion play by making them disrobe, don loincloths, and whip each other until they had cuts, bruises and welts.
A priest who falsely told a 12-year-old boy his mother knew of the assaults and consented to the rape of her son.
The grand jury found that many victims were abused for years and that many priests abused multiple victims, sometimes preying on members of the same family."
As usual the Church moved these guys around and didn't tell anyone that they were moving a child molester into their parish.
Archbishop Anthony J. Bevilacqua, who was in charge of hiding these molesters from 1988 to 2003,
had a "strict policy, according to his aides, that forbid informing parishioners... about any problems in a priest's background."
Unfortunatly, no one is going to be prosecuted for these horrible crimes because the statute of limitations has run out. The Inquirer writes that, "The panel said it had considered charging the archdiocese with endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, victim/witness intimidation, hindering apprehension, and obstruction of justice. But again, it said, the statute of limitations on any crimes had expired.
So the panel was left with what it described as "a travesty of justice, a multitude of crimes for which no one can be held criminally accountable."
They got that right. But I'm sure the Holy Father in his wisdom will make this right for the hundreds of victims of his Church, right?