The Shame of the Catholic Church 2012 05 02 (BBC This World BBC2) + EBOOK
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The Irish Catholic Church once had unquestioned moral authority—now it is in tatters with rape and torture of children having continued almost unabated until now. Sixty years of official reports confirm this.
Journalistic, judicial and political pressure may finally bring the Church to its knees. But the leadership is still in a state of deep denial, coverups and buck-passing so the problems are not yet resolved.
A government report said Bishop John Magee falsely told the Irish government and the health service that his diocese was reporting all new cases of child abuse to the authorities. Bishop Magee stood down in March 2009 after serving as bishop of Cloyne since 1987.
In May 2012, The BBC reveals that despite being told about other children being abused and other children at risk of abuse, Cardinal Sean Brady did not alert their parents or inform the police and says he will never accept responsibility or resign unless told to by the Pope.
Sex, Priests, and Secret Codes: The Catholic Church's 2,000 Year Paper Trail of Sexual Abuse EBOOK
Sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by Catholic clergy burst onto the American scene in 1984. Revelations about such abuse since then have confirmed that this tragedy is not limited to the U.S. Catholic Church, nor is it a new phenomenon that grew out of so-called secularizing trends of the late twentieth century.
This report clearly demonstrates a deep-seated problem that spans the Church's history. This collection of documents from official and unofficial sources begins its survey in 60 CE and concludes with the contemporary scandal.
It reveals an institution that has tried to come to grips with this devastating internal problem from its earliest years. At times circumspect and at other times open and direct, Church leaders tried a variety of means to rein in the various violations of clerical celibacy.
The sexual abuse crisis is not isolated from the questions of the celibate practice of all Catholic clergy and the moral questions that involve marriage and all human sexual behaviors. These are the main, yet unspoken, reasons why sexual abuse has been such an inflammatory and dangerous issue for the hierarchy.
The Church abuse scandal of the contemporary era, rather than seen as a new challenge, is actually the catalyst for a complex process that is forcing the official Church to redefine its ideology of sexuality, its responsibility to its members and its role in society.
The three distinguished authors have served as experts and consultants in over 1,000 cases of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, and have collectively spent over 70 years of official service within the church.
Author(s): Thomas P. Doyle, A.W. Richard Sipe, Patrick J. Wall
Publisher: Volt Books
May 08, 2012, 04:03:23
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