We have reports from Santiago, Chile that the priest some Chileans revere as a "living saint," Fernando Karadima, is facing criminal charges. From the Sydney Morning Herald:
...four men who were once devoted followers have filed a criminal complaint alleging that Father Karadima, now 80, sexually abused them in secret for years. One man said he had reported the abuse to Father Karadima's superiors in Santiago seven years ago, but no action was taken.
All four men filed complaints last year with the archdiocesan tribunal and, receiving no response, spoke publicly for the first time this week. But the allegations have been largely met not with anger at Father Karadima but with outrage at the accusers by many of his parishioners, a prominent conservative politician and church officials.
... as the news broke this week, a cardinal confirmed the church had been secretly investigating claims of sexual abuse against the priest.
And, in Belgium, the Bishop of Bruges has resigned after admitting that he abused a young boy several years ago.
''When I was still a simple priest and for a while when I began as a bishop, I sexually abused a young man in my close entourage,'' Roger Vangheluwe said in a letter read out to reporters by a church official yesterday.
When is this church going to face reality and accept that there's something seriously and systemically wrong in the way it operates - that is to say under the doctrine of celibacy? Enough is enough.
Mound, you may consider to read this:
It is all Protestants' fault according to this Op. Ed.
That was simply too hilarious! Blame the Protestants, blame the atheists, blame anti-Semites, blame Zionists. Who's next, the Dalai Lama?
The op-ed piece is incoherent. After lamenting the RC church has essentially enabled child abuse "for decades" this joker goes on to praise the Vatican for acting "pro-actively." What kind of bullshit is that?
They whine about "church bashing" but this church hasn't had half the bashing it deserves.
Thanks for the link.
Mound, LoL. You're funny. Yes the next target will be Dalai Lama. Who knows there could be a conspiracy that Dalai Lama wants to promote himself over the pope. :)
MOS you know how I feel about this whole RC thing especially since experiencing a family member having to deal with diddling by a priest. It is time it was said by someone in plain language. 99.9% of priests have diddled children and continue to do so. And what is it with "Father". They are father of nothing and especially no one. It is a way to make RC's bow down to their so called higher station. They are all gawd darn child molesters, liars and cheats and will hand out millions of dollars to keep the offened quiet by using the name of God. Just research what has happened in Alaska. It is worse than what took place in St. John's, Newfoundland at the Mount.
The good ol boys God club.
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