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A good way to compensate victims would be to not facilitate their rapists thereby preventing victimhood in the first place, no?
As Pope Benedict XVI arrived here Thursday for the first state visit to Britain by a pope, he offered his strongest criticism yet of the Roman Catholic Church’s handling of the sex abuse crisis, saying it had not been “sufficiently vigilant” or “sufficiently swift and decisive” in cracking down on abusers.
Speaking to reporters on his flight from Rome, Benedict also said that the church’s “first interest is the victims.”
“I must say that these revelations were a shock for me, a great sadness,” he said of the crisis that has undermined the church’s moral authority in many parts of Europe and beyond.
He expressed “sadness also that the authority of the church was not was not sufficiently vigilant and not sufficiently swift and decisive to take the necessary measures.”
Yeah, it’s a shame he wasn’t in a position of power to immediately report those child rapists to the authorities.
Oh, wait. He was. He chose instead to cover for them.
I’m a little bummed the church’s victims didn’t turn out to throw rotten eggs at the old geezer. He may not have directly done the raping, but he’s the reason the Vatican’s molesters are still free, and many of them are probably still serving in churches where they have access to children.
In what the Times calls his “strongest and most direct condemnation of the sexual abuse crisis that has swept the Catholic Church,” the Pope said that the “sins inside the church” posed the greatest threat to Catholicism, also adding that “forgiveness does not substitute justice.”
Let’s explore the rest of his statements, shall we?
“Attacks on the pope and the church come not only from outside the church, but the suffering of the church comes from inside the church, from sins that exist inside the church. This we have always known but today we see it in a really terrifying way.”
“The biggest weight on the church doesn’t come from the enemies outside, but is born from sin inside the church,” he added. “The church has a profound need to relearn penance, to accept purification, to learn on the one hand forgiveness but also the necessity of justice. And forgiveness does not substitute justice.”
So the old man finally admits the church has problems, which is super bad for its image, but what’s missing from this confession? Oh yeah, the victims. There isn’t any mention of the victims. Some unpleasantness happened, and it’s been super bad for the church’s image, which as we all know is the only thing that matters. I guess saying “child rape” out loud would make the whole thing too real.
Now is the time the Vatican apologists will:
A) Continue their disgusting tradition of acting as apologists for child torturers and rapists, or
B) Revise their history of acting as Vatican apologists, and claim none of these accusations are surprising — and gee! — can’t Catholics clean house, and send the kid-toucher priests to an island, or something?
Then there’s Douthat, who heroically attempts to do both.
He half-scolds the Pope for allowing a pedophile priest to return to ministry while Benedict XVI served as archbishop of Munich in 1980. But Douthat then claims a second charge — that the Pope failed to report a Wisconsin priest who had abused 200 deaf children — is “unfair.”