Obviously, I'm not a fan of the Catholic Church. Part of the reason I'm not a fan, despite having been Catholic, is their laughable response to paedophilia accusations and molestation charges. However, in the absence of other evidence, I assumed that their quiet stance meant that they might have recognized the severity of the problem and were maybe trying to implement safeguards. As with other Catholic issues, I was sorely disappointed.
For, you see, the Catholic powers that be have come up with a new plan.
Pope Benedict XVI has instructed Roman Catholics to pray “in perpetuity” toYeah. That'll work. NOT!!!!
cleanse the Church of paedophile clergy. All dioceses, parishes, monasteries,
convents and seminaries will be expected to organise continuous daily prayers to
express penitence and to purify the clergy.
I would be a bit more tolerant had the Pope instructed RCs to pray for the people who'd been molested or develop some sort of reporting system that actually did something. Pope Benedict can't even claim, as some pontiffs might, that he isn't aware of the scope of the situation - since HE was the person in charge of gathering information on pedophile priests during John Paul's reign. And, let's just point out the obvious: If the supreme, earthly leader of your religion gives a mandate for all clergy and members to pray to rid the church of sexual crimes against children, then I'd think twice about dropping my child off for CCD at Father McTouchy-Feely's house.
Vatican officials said that every parish or institution should designate a
person or group each day to conduct continuous prayers for the Church to rid
itself of the scandal of sexual abuse by clergy. Alternatively, churches in the
same diocese could share the duty. Prayer would take place in one parish for 24
hours, then move to another.
How about designating an attorney for all of the children abused? How about designating someone to make sure that shit doesn't happen anymore? Prayers aren't going to help Little Billy when he's taken special lessons from Brother Chester the Molester. But, it is rather posh of them to concede that churches in the same parish can slack off and just appoint ONE person to do the praying. Wouldn't want to waste precious time and limited resources on redundancy...oh, wait. Never mind.
Vatican watchers said that there was no known precedent for global prayer on a
specific issue of this kind. There are about one billion Roman Catholics
Oh, I think there's plenty of precedent! Think of the prayers of the College of Cardinals and Bishops who have been praying for the last three centuries to avoid these accusations and dodge lawsuits.
The instruction was sent to bishops by Cardinal Cláudio Hummes of Brazil, head
of the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy. He told L’Osservatore Romano, the
Vatican newspaper, that he was acting in the Pope’s name. The Pope wanted
Catholics to pray for the “mercy of God for the victims of the grave situations
caused by the moral and sexual conduct of a very small part of the clergy”, he
WHAT. THE. HELL? I don't think it's the victims who need mercy from a deity who doesn't seem to give a shit about the atrocities that are committed under his authority. Call me crazy, but I think we should pray for stricter rules when it comes to leaving the kiddies with the priests. I think, if we're going to pray, we should pray for tougher punishments for pedophile priests. Most of all, I think we should stop praying and start holding the Catholic Church accountable. It's not the "small part of the clergy" that has me worried...it's the part in their pants.
Officials said that the prayers were in addition to support for legal action
against paedophile priests by their victims and a code adopted two years ago by
the Vatican to try to ensure that men “with deep-seated homosexual tendencies”
do not enter seminaries to train for the priesthood.
Is that the legal support wherein victims are given the run-around for ten years and then the Church takes money away from the little nuns living in a shack to fund the pittance of money awarded to the victims? And, call me crazy, but...wouldn't just allowing people to be what they are, homosexuals included, weed out the people who were joining the clergy because of their homosexuality - which, I'm quite sure, is a pretty small number anyway, SINCE HOMOSEXUALITY IS NOT A CRIMINAL ACT AND PAEDOPHILIA IS. Homosexuals don't get off on the power trip of making a twelve year old bend over and take it in the ass. Sorry to be graphic, but the level of stupid is just baffling.