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catholic church attempting to silence stories on its pedos

Annie

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Hmmm, from the link:

...Beyond that, the Catholic blogosphere and social networking tools have been afire with analyses of the Times article, most of them arguing that the internal church documents Times placed online did not support the charges outlined in the story.

Some of the criticism comes from Catholic communities that have not been reflexively defensive — and sometimes have been sharply critical — of the bishops’ and Vatican’s handling of the sexual abuse crisis.

Referring to Joseph Ratzinger, Benedict’s name before assuming the papacy, “the Times article certainly suggests moral culpability even though the documents do not support the charge,” wrote liberal Catholic author Michael Sean Winters on the Web site of America magazine, a Jesuit publication...

As a Catholic I've found the behavior of the church very bad in handling and covering up the crimes of the past and some not so distant past. There's no defense for it.

However my position is pretty close to this:

Today, On Good Friday, Here's Why I Remain Catholic : NPR

Today, On Good Friday, Here's Why I Remain Catholic
by ELIZABETH SCALIA

Though the ill aspects of the Catholic Church have recently been highlighted in the news, commentator Elizabeth Scalia says the good aspects have never gotten enough attention.
text sizeAAAApril 2, 2010
Elizabeth Scalia is a contributing writer to First Things Magazine as the blogger known as The Anchoress.

The question has come my way several times in the past week: "How do you maintain your faith in light of news stories that bring light to the dark places that exist within your church?"...

I remain within, and love, the Catholic Church because it is a church that has lived and wrestled within the mystery of the shadow lands ever since an innocent man was arrested, sentenced and crucified, while the keeper of "the keys" denied him, and his first priests ran away. Through 2,000 imperfect — sometimes glorious, sometimes heinous — years, the church has contemplated and manifested the truth that dark and light, innocence and guilt, justice and injustice all share a kinship, one that waves back and forth like wind-stirred wheat in a field, churning toward something — as yet — unknowable.

The darkness within my church is real, and it has too often gone unaddressed. The light within my church is also real, and has too often gone unappreciated. A small minority has sinned, gravely, against too many. Another minority has assisted or saved the lives of millions.

But then, my country is the most generous and compassionate nation on Earth; it is also the only country that has ever deployed nuclear weapons of mass destruction.

My government is founded upon a singular appreciation of personal liberty; some of those founders owned slaves....
 

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Not sure who really telling the truth but i beleive the guys are... i don't think they be lying for anything for this... the women are a joke never mind them..
 

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Cant imagine why catholics wouldnt want more stories printed. Im sure they just love negative publicity.
 

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Now who would have thought a nice Jewish girl would write badly of the Catholic Church?...around Easter Sunday?

I'll be right back.
 

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Jewish Sam Miller on Catholics

Excerpts of an article written by non-Catholic Sam Miller - a prominent Cleveland Jewish businessman:


"Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the United States , namely the Catholic Church?

Do you know - the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to that Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. The graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%.

The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students.

The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people - not just Catholics - in the United States today

But the press is vindictive and trying to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country. They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of marriage.

Let me give you some figures that Catholics should know and remember. For example, 12% of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by the United Methodist Church , 41.8% of clergy women reported unwanted sexual behavior; 17% of laywomen have been sexually harassed.
Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia. 10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not a Catholic Problem.

A study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been receiving.

The Catholic Church is bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. The agony that Catholics have felt and suffered is not necessarily the fault of the Church. You have been hurt by a small number of wayward priests that have probably been totally weeded out by now.

Walk with your shoulders high and you head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental agency in the United States . Then remember what Jeremiah said: 'Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls'. Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions.

Be proud that you're a Catholic."



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I just wish the Catholic Church had been as gung ho in weeding out the pedophiles in their ranks all along.
 

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The Catholic Church is like any other large organization. Their first impulse is to cover their ass
 

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American bishop urges Catholics to 'besiege' New York Times | - NOLA.com

too bad they don't have their crusaders this time to behead people and/or boil them to death in oil

No the Catholic Church has moved forward and left that to the Muslims the liberals support.

Funny we never see the liberals condemning the wholesale slaughter of innocent people by the hands of Muslim terrorist.

I see...so you excuse Catholic Priest pedophiles. Of course you do. I'm not surprised at all.
 

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