Because of the thousands of cases of sexual abuse perpetrated by paedophile Catholic priests, questions are being asked about the correlation between priestly celibacy and sexual abuse.The Vatican secretary of state, insists there is no cause-and-effect link between priestly celibacy and the child abuse scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church. But how would he know that for sure when there has never been extensive research about this issue? And, this very issue has not only been swept under the carpet for centuries, but in some cases has been condoned by Bishops.
To quote the secretary of state: “It has been amply demonstrated that celibacy, when faithfully observed, is of great value to their vocation and in helping the people of God…..there is no direct link between celibacy and the deviant behaviour of certain priests,” Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, told the Spanish newspaper Vanguardia. “On the contrary, it is precisely the failure to remain celibate that gradually degrades the life of a priest, until he ceases to be an example, a gift, a spiritual guide for others”. This is so Catholic! SIN is the problem! That awful blemish we are all born with because Eve tempted Adam. That means that the only actions that will save the offending priests’ souls are prayers and penance. But what about the victims: those poor innocent children who have been robbed of their childhoods and in most cases, a peaceful adulthood. I don’t see anywhere, the Vatican’s sorrow for the children so abused.
Last week Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of two bishops implicated in the revelations of paedophile abuse by Catholic priests that have swept Europe and the Americas since November.
In Belgium Roger Vangheluwe, the first bishop directly implicated in the affair, resigned after admitting to abusing a minor several years ago.
Bishop James Moriarty, for his part, became the fourth bishop to resign since two major sex abuse scandals hit the Irish Catholic Church. Revelations of large-scale paedophilia spanning decades have rocked the Catholic Church in countries including Ireland, Austria, the United States and the pope’s native Germany. Bishops and cardinals were accused of protecting guilty clergy by moving them to other parishes instead of handing them over to police for prosecution. The priests were protected but not the children in those other parishes the paedophiles were sent to.
One alleged victim of a priest accused of molesting up to 200 boys at a school for the deaf in Wisconsin sued the Vatican and the Pope on Thursday in a bid to access secret files on investigations into sex abuse in the Church. As I have stated in a previous post, there is little chance of any court being allowed access to Vatican files. All archives are closely guarded by the Office of the Inquisition renamed the Congregation For The Doctrine of the Faith.
See post & book by Geoffrey Robertson QC, a must-read for all Catholics: The Case of the Pope; Sexual Abuse & The Vatican.
Latest News release relating to the above:
THE Vatican is asking a US judge to reject an attempt to question Pope Benedict XVI under oath in a sex abuse lawsuit on the grounds that there has been no evidence of a link to church officials in Rome.
The arguments filed on Thursday in the US District Court in Kentucky also say that forcing Benedict, a head of state, to give a deposition would violate international law. The US considers the Vatican to be a sovereign nation. The lawsuit accuses the Vatican, referred to in papers as the Holy See, of orchestrating a cover-up of priests sexually abusing children throughout the US. Louisville attorney William McMurry asked to depose Benedict and other Vatican officials in a motion in March, and the filing on Thursday was a response. Mr McMurry has also asked that the Vatican turn over administrative documents and respond to questions related to the abuse scandal in the US.
Lawyers for the Vatican argue that thousands of documents provided in a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville several years ago have turned up no connection to Rome. The Louisville archdiocese reached a settlement in 2003 with more than 240 abuse victims represented by Mr McMurry for $US25 million ($A28.87 million). Mr McMurry will have an opportunity to reply to the Vatican’s latest arguments in a response to the court. While US dioceses have been sued over abuse by priests, the Kentucky lawsuit is the first US case to make it to the stage of determining whether victims have a negligence claim against the Vatican. Filed in 2004 by three men abused by priests in the Louisville diocese, it argues in part that US bishops should be considered employees or officials of the Holy See.