Friday, August 7, 2009

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

The Roman Catholic diocese of Antigonish, N.S on Friday announced a $13 million settlement to victims of sexual abuse stemming as far back as 1950.

The class-action lawsuit was initiated by Ronald Martin and covers anyone who claims to have been abused by any priest of the Catholic Episcopal Corp. of Antigonish since 1950. The suit was filed last year, and claimed that the Pope instructed the church to institute a policy that would keep sex-abuse allegations against priests secret, under threat of excommunication.

How is it that the Roman Catholic Church can blatantly justify and defend sexual predators, such as the priests of Antigonish, and not face immense international condemnation? While Vatican City's refusal to join the United Nations makes it immune from sanctions and punishment on a global scale, it also allows this tiny state to essentially govern free of any binding international commitments or regulations.

Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that member states must "take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social, and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence...including sexual abuse, while in the care of parents, legal guardians, or any other person who has care of the child."

It's no surprise that Vatican City has not joined the United Nations; many of the UN resolutions work to limit the exploitation and abuse of children around the world. What would happen if the Church was forced to actually enforce international abuse laws against their own priests and clergymen?

There wouldn't be enough priests left to fill a church.

4 comments:

  1. I have dealt with this issue first hand and i agree it is foul to say the least. years back cardinal Law was being questioned and was swiftly re-located to rome or whereever and can't be held responsable for his actions which if I recall were such that he was shuffling pedophile priests from one place to another and either not telling the new church the history of the preditor or having them not inform the parish, so the abuse continues. Vatican city? isnt that worth trillions in priceless art ? oh the life of poverty an prayer must but hard on the soul as they look at a 10 million $ painting while children starve.

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  2. That's one thing that's always disgusted me about the Church. They are so quick to condemn other countries for neglecting the poor or hurting children, but meanwhile they are doing nothing with the trillions of dollars buried beneath the city, and are allowing and protecting pedophiles. They ask the question, "what would Jesus do?", and I'm going to go out on a limb here and say it wouldn't be molesting children...

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  3. It's cynical and grossly unprofessional of you to jump on the "all priests are pedophiles" bandwagon. Certainly there have been priests who have been sexually abusers, but just as certainly there are many priests who are moral men. It takes away from your credibility as a journalist to say something like:

    "What would happen if the Church was forced to actually enforce international abuse laws against their own priests and clergymen?


    There wouldn't be enough priests left to fill a church."

    Priests are pedophiles. Lawyers are crooks. Hair stylists are dumb. Etc.

    These are all generalizations created by the masses that you are exacerbating by writing a piece like this.

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  4. Diocese hopes for quick payout
    Abuse victims to get $15.5m within two years, Antigonish district says
    By AARON BESWICK Truro Bureau
    Wed, Feb 23 - 4:54 AM

    http://thechronicleherald.ca/NovaScotia/1229499.html

    Doing research on this . . . I ran across you.

    Best regards, lauriebowen47

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