the vatican should take the blame?

@jrocas05 (114)
Philippines
April 6, 2010 9:52am CST
the greatest scandal on the history of catholicism has emerged for the last couple of weeks. I admit that I am very disappointed on how did the vatican handled these situation. Instead of trying to bring justice to the victims, the pope sent a letter to the ireland to ignore the facts and just forget their huge suffering. The public could forget this scandal days, weeks, or months from now but the pain of the victims will never be erased. They could forget but it is there and it is going to affect them forever. They choose to hide and protect the church or their from the scandal rather than protect the children of God. I pray for the victims of these tragedy.
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@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
6 Apr 10
The Pope's response shows a lack of concern for the true victims. The Pope only cares about about protecting the image of his church. Another concern I have is the response from the Catholic community. I do not see any outrage, some say this is not a big deal and even sometimes I seeing defense of the Pope's actions. I promise you I will not forget the victims nor the Pope's response.
@jrocas05 (114)
• Philippines
6 Apr 10
me either. There should be an outrage. I think what's happening is the "immunity" of the pope and the church against sins on this world. The saddest part is, no one spread the real story of the victims. it was not spread all over the world especially on catholic countries. HUndred years of secrecy even during ancient times until now. there must be hundreds or maybe thousands of victims from the people of catholic church. justice is serve in God's time.
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
19 Apr 10
Gewcew23 Your assumptions are greatly incorrect and unfair. The Pope's response shows a lack of concern for the true victims. The Pope has met a group of victims in Malta. The first time that such a meeting has held place. I have heard one of the victims speaking on the radio, saying that the Pope is a lot different from the way the media depict him. He is not cold and an unmoved person as the media tries to make him appear. This guy continues saying that he saw tears in the Pope's eyes.... [i]Speaking to The Times shortly after the meeting, Lawrence Grech, another of the victims, said the meeting with Pope Benedict was "more than he expected". "I was impressed by the humility of the Pope. He was ready to take on the embarrassment caused by others. He was very courageous. He listened to us individually, and prayed and cried with us. He even blessed a cross I had and thanked me for speaking out about the abuse," Mr Grech said, holding back tears.[/i] http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20100419/local/abuse-victims-in-healing-encounter-with-pope I do not see any outrage, some say this is not a big deal and even sometimes I seeing defense of the Pope's actions. I think you are being totally unfair. I have never heard a catholic glorifying paedophile priests or saying what they have done is a good thing. Certainly its a serious SIN and CRIME. Most Catholics are defending the current Pope because of the senseless unfair media attack on Pope Benedict XVI. Even the New York Daily News editorial claims so http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/new_york_daily_news_urges_fairness_for_the_pope/
@stanley777 (7177)
• Philippines
13 Apr 10
i'm with you in condemning the perpetrators of this crime.i together with the Catholic community prays for the quick recovery of the victims.but i don't think the Pope should not be blame for this mess, it must be the superior of the Priest who has the first knowledge of the incident.
@coolcoder (2022)
• United States
13 Apr 10
The Catholic Church will root out those responsible for what's happened to the victims of the abuse, and she will emerge victorious out of this time of trial. She has been through numerous scandals and heresies, and she has always triumphed over them. I hate to burst the bubbles of those who are foaming at the mouth to see the Church capsize, but it's not going to happen. I stand with my Holy Father, and will continue to do so.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
8 Apr 10
This is a total disgrace to the Catholic people of the world. For the Vatican to treat this like its nothing and brush it under the rug. Its really appalling and this is part of the reason I don't attend mass anymore. I don't need a church to tell me if I'm being holy or not. Especially with this type of behavior I dare they treat this horrible matter this way. Every Catholic should not attend Mass for one month in outrage just to show the Vatican that they need to deal with this horrible situation in the right way. Not be sending priest to another church after they have violated a child in another church. They need to be arrested and treated like any other person that has done this horrific crime.
@1hopefulman (19508)
• Canada
7 Apr 10
I think this is the beginning of the end for the Catholic Church. They have mishandled the business of bringing people to God. Their sins cannot be hidden any more. It is time for them to close up shop. What we have seen is nothing in comparison to what is still hidden and will come out. The cries of all the victims of the Catholic Church cannot be quieted any longer. Justice must be meted out. 1 Timothy 5:24 (Amplified Bible) 24The sins of some men are conspicuous (openly evident to all eyes), going before them to the judgment [seat] and proclaiming their sentence in advance; but the sins of others appear later [following the offender to the bar of judgment and coming into view there].
@syankee525 (6298)
• United States
7 Apr 10
as a cathic myself this issues been in the churchs for many of years and its sad how they hide the fact that priestes are getting with this. i told my dad this is one main reason why i dont practise the cathic faith. and i can remember i had issues with a preist but it wasnt nothing like that. he went on a trip with the youth group and he wouldnt allow me to hang out with the rest of the guys and even when my mom was there and said i could. then he took me to a party and allow me to drink and get drunk. yeah he was sent home on the bus and kicked out of the church. but they shouldnt be hiding this and should care for the people who had suffer from this
@bird123 (10342)
• United States
7 Apr 10
Truth is a funny thing. No matter how hard one tries to hide it, it always comes out. The church needs to clean house. This one will not go away until they do. It's sad to think religious leaders can act this way. Can they really speak for God???? Catholics around the world should march on the vatican and demand that the church does the right thing!!How hard can it be for Godly people to act Godly???
• United States
7 Apr 10
Anyone who would try to cover up this outrage should be held accountable. Especially if it is a person or entity that is supposed to be morally and ethically superior. One that is supposed to teach love and truth. One that teaches God's word. They are just as guilty as the perpetrators. It is disgusting. No wonder so many people don't believe in religion anymore.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
6 Apr 10
The Catholic church has always had the number 1 priority of maintaining the reputation of the Church first and foremost. When things like this happened in the past, they were quickly hushed up and kept quiet. With limited communication in the past, this was very effective; but, they do not seem to realize this is "new" world with instantaneous worldwide comminication and things can no longer be handled the same way. Just like any other multinational organization, the head of the organization is always held responsible for the actions or its members. So, yes, the Vatican and the Pope should accept the blame and the responsiblity for these scandals. They also need to realize that they will earn more respect by facing these scandals and taking action instead of continuing their past policy of transferring criminal individuals to new locations and ignoring the problems they have created.