(Mercury News): VATICAN CITY—The Vatican said Tuesday it would lead the fight against pedophilia, but said the problem was not limited to the Catholic Church and that other institutions should take responsibility.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi spoke to Vatican Radio after the Los Angeles archdiocese reached a $660 million settlement with more than 500 alleged victims of clergy sex abuse, the largest-ever U.S. payout.
Lombardi said the agreement "closed a painful page" and allowed the church to focus on creating a secure environment for young Catholics.
"The church is obviously above all saddened by the suffering of the victims and their families, by the profound wounds caused by the inexcusable and grave behavior of various church members, and is determined to commit itself in every way to prevent the repetition of such wickedness," he said.
However, he said, other institutions should also take similar responsibility.
"They too should take decisions and necessary measures," he said, without naming any institutions.
Regardless, Lombardi said the church would lead "the fight against pedophilia, which today involves growing sectors of society in many countries of the world."
Pope Benedict XVI has spoken strongly about the clergy sex scandal, endorsing efforts to examine allegations and support victims.....
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: In order to fight the problem, we must first UNDERSTAND the problem. The mainstream media has done an abysmal job on this. In all frankness, they're good for nothing, other than spreading confusion and distortion. So let's go over the facts.
First of all, all the data collected on the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church over the last 50 years indicates a predominately a HOMOSEXUAL problem. In most circumstances, what we have here are homosexual priests, ordained under a the false Liberal mindset that gays can be celibate just as easily as straights can. The data suggests otherwise. Many of the homosexuals ordained between 1950 and 2000 turned around and molested teenage boys between the ages of 12 and 17. These are boys becoming men, impressionable and physically fit, prime targets for homosexual predators. Pope Benedict XVI has already instituted the necessary reforms to purge the Church of this problem. Gays are no longer allowed in (or near) the seminaries where priests are trained. There are no exceptions. Homosexual men cannot be priests - period. All homosexual men who are already priests are on permanent probation. They will be watched closely. That takes care of 80% of the problem right there.
Second, Catholic churches in English speaking nations (were the majority of sex-abuse occurred) have implemented measures to screen out and filter pedophiles from seminaries, as well as creating environments within parishes that make it difficult for abuse to easily happen. Furthermore, each diocese has implemented measures to easily report abuse cases, and procedures to see that they are handled quickly.
It would seem the Vatican is pledging full support in this area, and it will be interesting to see what further measures the Holy See will be taking to purge the Church of sexual predators.
Now let's get back to the figures. A recent study indicated that sexual abuse is no higher in the Catholic Church (per capita) than in Protestant churches. In fact, the same study showed that sexual abuse is slightly higher (per capita) in Protestant churches than in the Catholic Church. Furthermore, a US government study indicated that a child is far more likely to be sexually molested in a public school than in either a Catholic or a Protestant church. But if your only source of information was the mainstream media, you would have never known that.
So while the pope doesn't care to name names when he calls upon other institutions to clean up their act, I'll be happy to fill in the blank for him.
- Protestant churches -- all denominations and affiliations
- Eastern orthodox churches
- Jewish Synagogues -- all branches
- Islamic Mosques -- all sects
- Public Schools -- the biggest offender of them all
- The Mainstream Media -- who just can't seem to figure it out and get their story straight