The Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales admitted yesterday that allegations of child abuse rose significantly last year.
Authorities received 100 complaints in 2004, up from 62 the year before, according to the third annual report of the Church's child protection unit, which was set up after a series of abuse scandals.
The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, said that the increase reflected growing confidence among past victims.
The vast majority of complaints made last year referred to events over the past 60 years. But there were also 10 incidents of alleged sexual abuse by priests that took place during 2004, as well as a further five alleged incidents of clergy using child pornography on the internet....
John, the problem is that the Catholic Church is based on faulty theology. Your quite right that the improvements that you suggest should be implemented. However, the Godfather of the Vatican will not allow these reforms. The leadership of the Catholic Church actively protect bishops that protect pedophile priests. These priests should not be shuffled off to other dioceses, where they can attack other children. These reforms apparently are not going to happen, and there still would be a lot of bad theology left in the Catholic Church.
Every fruit cake Priest should be kicked out of the priesthood and it is total insanity that that has not been done yet. Another thing they should not allow any man who is a fruit cake to even enter the seminary to study for the priesthood. They should just allow normal heterosexual men to enter the seminary to study for the priesthood. In fact no Catholic man should even consider studying for the priesthood until they start allowing Priests to get married. And no Catholic woman should even consider becoming a Nun until they start allowing Nuns to get married.
You're right there have been many Protestant acts of cruelty. There have been many acts of Catholic injustice. One reason for the greater number of RC wrong doings is that we had been the major Authority for longer, hence more time to do wrong. Don't fool yourself, Protestant can be just as mean, and have been.
G.G., there have been Protestant atrocities, but nothing to match the Catholic church's. The Irish Potato famine, was as much to do with with potatoes as it was with Anglicans. Maybe potatoes are Protestant?
Still, the viciousness of the Catholic Church has never been matched by the Protestants.
Actually, if you do want to see John's smiling face don't use the search function. You will not get his face either, by looking at these articles.
I think that by a will go with the article I recommended for you to read:
Lord Macauley: "During the last three centuries to stunt the growth of the human mind has been her (that is Rome's) chief object. Throughout Christendom whatever advance has been made in knowledge, in freedom, in wealth and in the arts of life has been in inverse proportion to her power". --- http://www.ianpaisley.org/main.asp
Thousands of Catholics have died at the hands of hostile Protestant Govt's in the past. A million and a half Irish starved because the British Govt of the time was too concerned about Victorian principles, or was it a great way to end the "Irish" problem. The U.S. could be accused of the same sins and usually are. When I need to read what my enemies say about my faith, then I will indeed be the fool they think I am. Try putting the word "nonsense" in the search function, maybe John Ankerberg's face will appear.
G. G., one never knows where to start with the various inaccuracies that you have mentioned. I don't know if anyone has said millions were killed because of the Roman church, but certainly thousands of Christians were, and the fondness that the Catholic Church leadership has four fascists, makes them co-conspirators in millions of deaths.
If Ian Paisley website is a little too rough for you, though it is quite accurate, http://www.ianpaisley.org/main.asp you can try this:
And put the word, "Catholicism" into the search function.
A sample of the articles that can be found on the site is:
"...but, GG would have us believe it is a very small thing in the Catholic Church and that we should just ignore it."
Mike from Mx, fails miserably to understand the likes of people like me, not to mention his unfortunate RC neighbors in Mexico. Let me go on record to condemn in the strongest terms, what a betrayal of trust, of Christian morality, of Christ's own death on the cross, the "Sexual Abuse" scandal is. And not only that, but what is worse is the betrayal of the people's faith in those "Princes of the Church" who are supposed to guard the flock which belongs to the Lord. I would never ignore what is both a civil crime and a sacralige. I think, both priest and bishop belong "under" the same jail. However, I do not think that it is as widespread as the enemies of Christ's Church do, since it is their duty to magnify all of her sins by any and all means necessary. Even to the point of lying. No one yet as come forward with any historical credibility to prove that "millions" of people were killed by the Church. As long as you will lie, I will not take your accusations seriously.
Peter, quite correct, about that white-washed tomb, known as the Roman Catholic Church. Lance, why would we Christians clap with joy about an ongoing evil even in the Catholic Church? I never seen in the Bible where we are supposed to celebrate evil.
It seemed to me that a bishop in New Mexico only got off with a slap on hand, for his support of immorality, and no jail time. :-( it seems to me there was the article on SermonAudio about the former bishop of Boston, who would just brought to the Vatican -- to show Pope John Paul II's approval of his behavior? The Catholic Church's indifference about it's ongoing immorality is disgusting to us.
What we are seeing is just the tip of the pedophile iceberg, which is almost sanctioned by the Catholic Church. Catholics should turn in these sexual predators first to the police and then to the Catholic Church.
Lance, the RCC will never reform to be a true church of Christ. If it didn't happen during the reformation, it wont happen. The RCC just keeps painting the walls. As Jesus said... Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
However, even the walls of your sepelchres are looking ugly these days. Now the RCC is ugly both on the outside and on the in. But Lance, it is never to late for you personally to repent and be saved.