Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday called on bishops from around the world to revive the Christian faith among those who have forgotten or abandoned it.
The Church needs a new ‚Äúmissionary dynamic‚ÄĚ of lay people and must pay ‚Äúparticular attention (to) baptized people who do not live according to the requirements of the baptism,‚ÄĚ he said as 262 bishops wound up a three-week huddle that broached all major issues and crises shaking the 2,000-year-old institution.
Clerics must also apply ‚Äúnew methods, a new language that suits different cultures‚ÄĚ in their bid for a ‚Äúnew evangelism,‚ÄĚ he said during a closing mass at Saint Peter‚Äôs....
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- "I feel called to take responsibility for all the evil some priests -- large in number, but not in proportion to the total -- have committed and to ask forgiveness for the damage they've done with the sexual abuse of children," Pope Francis said."The church is aware of this damage" and is committed to strengthening child protection programs and punishing offenders, he told members of the International Catholic Child Bureau during a meeting April 11 at the Vatican.The remarks appeared to be the pope's first apology for the sex abuse scandal, following earlier statements affirming the Vatican's work investigating and punishing perpetrators, and encouraging bishops to support abuse victims. The pope also has said the church deserves to be forced to make monetary settlements to victims.
"Words ‚Äď whether few or many, vague or clear, weak or strong ‚Äď do absolutely nothing for the boy who is being sodomized today or the girl who is being raped today. They do nothing to divulge even one carefully-hidden church record about a complicit bishop. They do nothing to help fix archaic, predator-friendly secular laws. They do nothing of substance, especially now, especially in this context: a scandal-ridden, secretive, self-serving church hierarchy that wants to pretend real change is happening." excerpt from Vatican- It's wrong for pope to ask forgiveness, SNAP says
ABC--Australia had an interesting article about how the modern confessional is part of the problem in child abuse. The Confessional is part of the ineffectual The Sacraments similar to voodoo rights, but an anyway.
Alex McClintock wrote: 'It has become evident that many of the priests who were offending were squaring their moral and pastoral lives and their offending lives by going to confession,' says Cornwell. 'Several years ago an ex-priest admitted in court under oath that he had confessed to sexual abuse 1400 times to 32 different priests.'
'There's something very profoundly wrong about this. It should be incumbent on a confessor who is faced with a priest who is making these confessions to say that he will not give absolution unless the priest actually goes to the police and admits what he has done.'
Ah, the Romish Church sure knows how to squeeze a penny! Church urged to open books to transparency--URL=http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/fighting_words/2010/09/a_call_for_earthly_justice.html>Holding the Catholic Church accountable for Its Crimes.