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Sexual abuse not just a Catholic problem: Vatican
By Philip Pullella Tue Jul 17, 8:06 AM ET
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Sexual abuse of children is not just a Catholic Church problem and other institutions should take steps to acknowledge and deal with such "wickedness" within their own ranks, the Vatican said on Tuesday. [Ironically, last week the Pope claimed a monopoly on holyiness, that his was the "one true church" (Not making this up; check the news).  Sorry, but I'm thinking the hundreds of plaintiffs here point to the fact that Catholics have the market cornered in this department.]

The Vatican's chief spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, also said the record $660 million settlement between the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and victims of sexual abuse was an attempt to "close a painful chapter and look forward." [Because wanting to abolish Vatican II and move back to a mass in Latin (again, check the news) is something that would really characterize an institution as "forward-looking."]

"The Church is above all clearly pained by the suffering of the victims and their families, by the deep wounds caused by the grave and inexcusable behavior of some of its members," Lombardi said. [The appropriate members of the church would be properly pained if they hadn't been shielded from prosecution until the statute of limitations ran out.]

"It has decided to commit itself in every way to avoid a repetition of such wickedness," he said, adding that the Church now had a "a policy of prevention and creation of an ever more secure atmosphere for children and young people in all aspects of (its) pastoral programs." [Meanwhile they're running schools and stopping abortions so they'll always have a crop of victims close at hand.]

Lombardi reaffirmed a position taken by other Catholic Church leaders in the past -- that other organized religions and institutions should also deal with paedophilia as publicly as the Catholic Church has been forced to by various scandals. [Key words: "FORCED TO."  Reality: The church's mastery of epistimological shell games extends well beyond theology and into the realm of the judicial system.]

"The problem of the abuse of childhood and its adequate protection certainly does not regard only the (Catholic) Church, but also many other institutions and it is right that these take the necessary decisions as well," he said. [Yeah, and he who is without a class action law suit can throw stones from his glass cathedral.  Since that wouldn't be you and your church, how about you just shut the fuck up.]

Lombardi said the Church was aware of its educational responsibilities to youth and intended to be "a protagonist in the struggle against paedophilia," which he said was on the rise worldwide. [That thing that's on the rise when you're talking about kids, maybe you ought to read Matthew 5:30 and cut it off.]

ABUSE DATING BACK TO THE 1940s [If you conveniently ignore the Crusades, Spanish Inquisition, and turning a blind eye to the Nazis when not helping them outright... just for starters.]

The Los Angeles decision involved 508 plaintiffs in cases dating back to the 1940s. The pre-trial settlement means Cardinal Roger Mahony will not have to testify in court. [Which is unfortunate, because it would be interesting to see if he burned his hand on the bible when placed under oath.]

The settlement reached on Saturday after 4 1/2 years of negotiations came before the first trial was due to begin on Monday. Victims' attorneys would have called Mahony to testify about the church hierarchy's protection of abusive priests. [Oddly enough, the church supports the placement of the Ten Commandments in the courthouse, though they fear to tread there themselves.]

The Los Angeles settlement dwarfs other landmark payouts. The Archdiocese of Boston, where the U.S. scandal erupted in 2002, reached a 2003 deal for 550 people worth $85 million. [Odd then that the Church is opposed to prostitution, yet they are willing to stiff those they exploit for decades until they are left with no other options.]

Boston's archbishop, Cardinal Bernard Law, was forced to resign in disgrace in December 2002. [That this paragraph ends prematurely indicates tar and feathers were not widely available in Boston at the time.]

Leaders of the U.S. Catholic Church were found to have moved priests who abused minors to new parishes instead of defrocking them or reporting them to authorities. [If you think about it, this sounds a lot like the church has reversed its position on divorces and is now in favor of moving on once things go sour.]

In his interview with Vatican Radio, Lombardi spoke of the "sacrifices" the settlement would impose on the archdiocese. [For example, they'll have to pawn the chalice and serve the blood of Jesus from a box.]

The settlement funds will come from the archdiocese selling real estate assets, including the archdiocese's headquarters, insurers and various Catholic religious orders. [And lots and lots of raffle tickets to people too stupid not to realize they're complicit in helping keep the already morally bankrupt stay out of Chapter 11.]

Before his election as pope, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger went out on a limb to decry the "filth" in the Church. [Wait.  In what kind of fucked-up theocracy is telling the truth going "out on a limb"?]

Benedict, who was elected in 2005, has taken a tougher stand on sexual abuse in the Church than his predecessor. Last year he disciplined Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado, the 86-year-old founder of the conservative Legionaries of Christ, who had been accused of sexually abusing boys decades ago. [Another reality check: Disciplined = ordering him to retire to a life of "prayer and penance."  You would think a somewhat stronger notion of discipline would come from a group that has copious examples of how to nail a guy to a tree.]


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