Pope Francis Begs Forgiveness for 'Evil' Sex Abuse by Priests
Pope Francis sought forgiveness for the "evil" of priests who sexually abused children, addressing head-on an issue Friday that has dogged the Catholic Church for two decades.
"I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil which some priests, quite a few in number, obviously not compared to the number of all the priests, to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children," he said on Vatican Radio.
The pontiff added: "The Church is aware of this damage, it is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the Church, and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we will deal with this problem, and the sanctions that must be imposed. On the contrary, we have to be even stronger. Because you cannot interfere with children."...
Christopher . . the reality is the RC priesthood is a closeted homosexual community. In a paid AD / OP ED piece entitled: "Straight Talk and the Catholic Church,"placed in the NYT on April 11, 2011 by Bill Donahue of the Catholic League, Mr. Donahue wrote: ‚Äú... Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins, has said that ‚ÄúThis behavior was homosexual predation on American Catholic youth, yet it‚Äôs not being discussed.‚ÄĚBy the way, the figures after 2004 haven‚Äôt changed‚ÄĒeight in ten cases involve homosexuality. Worldwide, the Vatican estimates that 60 percent of the cases are same-sex, 30 percent are heterosexual and 10 percent involve pedophilia.‚ÄĚ (end quote). Mr. Donahue has unarguably identified the larger issue that lies at the very root of Roman Catholic Clergy Abuse and at the same time, has unwittingly pointed the finger of accusation directly at the RC hierarchy he so vigorously defends. Inasmuch as WE KNOW the abuse was perpetrated by ‚Äúhomosexual‚ÄĚ priests / bishops there can be no doubt of their significant presence in the ‚Äúhierarchy‚ÄĚ. Article: 'Catholic Priests: It's 'Empirical Fact' That Many Clergy Are Gay' / On heels of Pope's comments on gay clergy, priests cite studies suggesting up to 60 percent of Catholic priests are gay / Source: USNEWS
Good comment, June. I will add that people need to keep in mind that this was basically a well know "club" that ran like a well oiled machine for a very long time. Coverups and threats of excommunication galore and when a crime did make its way out once in a while, the priests would be relocated to continue their business elsewhere. Not only is/was the church filled with pedophiles and homosexuality, but it was supported and basically condoned by way of mass coverup and lack of any concern for the humiliated, forever damaged victims. Fairly recent stats showed that 1/3 students entering into seminary were homosexual and since the expose, attendance has plummeted. Very interesting. Makes me wonder if what was going on within the church really was some sort of well known, inside club where lustful thirsts could be quenched without fear of repercussion. Fear mongering and threats of excommunication are effective weapons within the church. Nobody wants to lose their salvation, so shhhh.
Jim Lincoln wrote: John, I use the term, "Junior," because he is the idiot son of George Senior. I am added somewhat insulting to George I and his wife to connect that particular son to them. ...
Jim, seriously, your disdain for former President Bush and the terminology you use shows a root of bitterness that you should forsake. Forgiveness is releasing from a debt, and you need to forgive Bush of all the things you believe he did wrong to you and the country, because your bitterness is not hurting him just you. Remember forgiveness is not condoning an action because God forgives us and He surely does not condone our sins. Also, you would be more credible if you showed some disdain for the godless policies pursued by the current administration. You found no problem criticizing Bush during his presidency. Care for you, hope am wrong, but your post say I am not.
Jim Lincoln wrote: John, I use the term, "Junior," because he is the idiot son of George Senior. I am added somewhat insulting to George I and his wife to connect that particular son to them. Your other respondent, made some good comments to you too concerning Abuse Documentary: The Shame of the Catholic Church | Retro Report | The New York Times (12.5 min YouTube). From what I've heard, many Catholics are more attached to their local bishops than even their Popes! They are the ones who have a direct hand in the sinning and the cover-up.
It is inaccurate to use the terms Senior and Junior in referring to the two Bush presidents as father and son don't have the same middle name. The father is named George Herbert Walker Bush and the son is named George Walker Bush. In order for a father and son to be called Senior and Junior they both have to have the same middle name.
John Yurich USA wrote: Francis is taking a step in the right direction by asking forgiveness for sexual abuse of children by priests.
John, Francis needs to hold any / all RC hierarchy accountable who were complicit in the Mother of all Cover Ups of the criminal acts of her clerics in the global Roman Catholic Clergy Abuse SCANDAL. Need I remind you of the root of the problem: The Nat'l Review Board, a group of prominent Catholics, issued its study in 2004, the team‚Äôs chief, attorney Robert S. Bennett, said that ‚Äúany evaluation of the causes and context of the current crisis must be cognizant of the fact that more than 80 percent of the abuse at issue was of a homosexual nature.‚ÄĚ One of the members, Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins, has said that ‚ÄúThis behavior was homosexual predation on American Catholic youth, yet it‚Äôs not being discussed.‚ÄĚ Source: AMERICA / Article: Bill Donohue's Ad in NYT / Posted at: Monday, April 11, 2011 Francis needs to purge his unholy church of homosexual clerics. But that's not likely to happen as he has no problem with homosexual priests / bishops: His words: "who am I to judge?" John, your best course of action is to heed the command of Christ: "Come out of her my people . . " R
Jim Lincoln wrote: "... I'm more than happy to focus on Franny, Vatican- It's wrong for pope to ask forgiveness, SNAP says" what did this have to do with Bush, except one keen observation about the Pope might as well be linked to Baby-Face Bush, and Ronnie Reagan. All made the same type of stupid statement. Taking responsibility with consequences is an empty gesture. Oh, yes, Bush Jr. Bush: Terrible President, Also Not a Smart Man. I believe Ronnie sent our first ambassador to the devi's den of the Vatican, and G. Jr., made a mawkish appearance J. Paul II funeral.
Who is G. Jr.? If you are referring to George W. Bush then you made a mistake since George W. Bush is not Jr. since his name is George Walker Bush and his father's name is George Herbert Walker Bush. In order for a son to called Jr. he must have the same middle name as his father. Same thing with Reagan and his son. Reagan's son is named Ronald Prescott Reagan while Reagan was named Ronald Wilson Reagan.
Jim Lincoln wrote: --- I believe Ronnie sent our first ambassador to the devi's den of the Vatican, and G. Jr., made a mawkish appearance J. Paul II funeral. Gasp! Mike of N.Y., you're bringing back so many fond memories :-7
I'm beginning to wonder if your fond memories are less fond memories, and more Pavlovian conditioning responses. Here's a word you can use in your next post about the RCC, Obama, or Legos: Bush. Oh wait, you already do that.
"... I'm more than happy to focus on Franny, Vatican- It's wrong for pope to ask forgiveness, SNAP says" what did this have to do with Bush, except one keen observation about the Pope might as well be linked to Baby-Face Bush, and Ronnie Reagan. All made the same type of stupid statement. Taking responsibility with consequences is an empty gesture. Oh, yes, Bush Jr. Bush: Terrible President, Also Not a Smart Man. I believe Ronnie sent our first ambassador to the devi's den of the Vatican, and G. Jr., made a mawkish appearance J. Paul II funeral.
Gasp! Mike of N.Y., you're bringing back so many fond memories :-7
Jim Lincoln wrote: But, I just thought I would take the latest idle-brained Republican President who said that, since it is of more recent history. Has Obama used that phrase? I don't remember it? But, I'm more than happy to focus on Franny, /www.snapnetwork Vatican- It's wrong for pope to ask forgiveness, SNAP says
Actually, UPS, I could have went after "Saint" Ronnie Reagan, the President who used an astrologer, and he's in the news lately because people (Republicans no doubt) want to name a mountain after him was the first one who used this idiotic statement over the murders of the Marines in Lebanon, and yes, if he took responsibility for it he should have resigned at the time also. But, I just thought I would take the latest idle-brained Republican President who said that, since it is of more recent history. Has Obama used that phrase? I don't remember it?
Jim Lincoln wrote: ... We had some Presidents in the past who said, "I take responsibility," but for that being nothing but an ignorant and cynical remark; it's meaningless unless they also take the consequences. Bush Jr., even stop using that phrase, apparently he really didn't want to be held to those words. ..
It is amazing how Jim can find a reason to bash Bush in any story he reads. Really,Jim, you need to let go, G W hasn't been president for 5 years now, maybe you have a root of bitterness against him that Scripture condemns. Plus, Jim, you NEVER think Obama is responsible for any of policies, words, or actions--even the ones you like you hoist off on the republicans. It might be a matter of heart forgiveness, gotta let go of that grudge. Not only hold the Pope responsible for his actions but also our current President. The scandals the president is involved far exceed anything that touched the impeached Richard Nixon but even though you criticized Bush throughout his terms in office you can't bring yourself to acknowledge our current President's issues.
Plistous wrote: "Satan's Emissary" is driving out evil child molesters from his organization. With a house divided he cannot stand.
Plistous Somehow I think "we" Protestants/Baptists/Evangelicals are being real, let's us the word "dumb" regarding Pope Francis 1.
For one Satan's kingdom is NOT being divided but I am going to use the word "refined", remeber he does disquise himself as an angel of light, and his ministers as servants of righteousness.
AND who in their right mind would dare speak against exposing the heinous evil of pedophilia? If we are not careful there is the "trap" of uncaring arrogance of having no compassion for the hurt Roman Catholic families have felt in the molesting of their children.
While we may never have bowed in idolatrous prayer to the Queen of Heaven, nor exploited children in gross evil done them just how righteous are we in ourselves? Are we better than they are? Do we cry out in prayer, BECAUSE the spiritual warfare over the souls of men is way beyond us (or excuse ourselves from doing anything because its all predestinated) and care less at the harm done to real children, and their families by this counterfeit of Christianity?
Let's do some real praying and seeking the Lord, we need it.