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Catholic Priests Sexually Abusing So Many Children That Vatican Offices Can't Handle the Workload

The Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandals continue to widen.


Yesterday's NYT reports

"As hundreds of new allegations of sexual abuse surface in the German church alone, a top Vatican official acknowledged Tuesday that, with only 10 people handling such cases, his office might not be adequate for the task. But the official, Msgr. Charles J. Scicluna, who is effectively the Vatican’s internal prosecutor, said the church was working to bring more 'transparency' to the delicate and emotional process of settling allegations of abuse by priests that have severely damaged the church’s moral standing....Over the weekend, Monsignor Scicluna told L’Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian Bishops Conference, that his office had examined 3,000 abuse cases in the past decade, most of them from the United States. The ratio of 10 people handling 300 cases a year did not go over well in some quarters. 'It seems like an extraordinarily paltry effort, given the scope of the crisis,' said David Clohessy, the national director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests...In a rare interview, by telephone on Tuesday, Monsignor Scicluna acknowledged the concern. Asked if he wanted reinforcements, he said with a laugh: 'I would hope we have less work. That’s my hope. Not more people, less work.' He added that if the number of cases averaged 300 a year, 'We can continue doing our job well with 10 people. The problem is: Are these numbers going to settle?'"

It doesn't end below the equator either:

"Brazilian authorities are investigating three priests accused of sexually abusing altar boys after a video allegedly showing one case of abuse was broadcast on television, police and church officials said Tuesday. The case came to light after the SBT network aired a video purportedly showing an 82-year-old priest having sex with a 19-year-old altar boy who worked for him for four years. Other young men appeared on the report saying that they, too, had been abused by Monsignor Luiz Marques Barbosa. Also under investigation are Monsignor Raimundo Gomes, 52, and Father Edilson Duarte, 43, for allegedly having sexual relations with boys and young men."

Late last week there were reports about Pope Benedict being pulled further into this scandal.

The Catholic League's Bill Donohue is very angry at the New York Times for reporting on all this.

And the Catholic Church is worried about allowing gays to adopt children and give them a loving home. Perhaps they should be more concerned about what's happening to children in the Catholic Church.

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  1. that is a fucking amazing picture...

    Posted by: JonBenet | Mar 17, 2010 11:17:23 AM

  2. They've got hordes of cash and treasure locked away...they need to have a fire sale and use the proceeds to hire more clerks to handle the abuse paperwork. Where is the outrage???? They won't let gays adopt but THEY MOLEST CHILDREN IN THE CHURCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bastards!!!! The Catholic Church is EVIL pure and simple. Why do parents have to tell their children to keep a safe distance from the adults who are supposed to be their spiritual advisors. Something is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, WRONG and they are using gays and lesbians to deflect attention from the issue. They are sick.

    Posted by: Nick | Mar 17, 2010 11:19:55 AM

  3. Meanwhile, Benny will soon be in the UK, and according to Vatican sources, preaching to the Brits about "morality."

    Sometimes it's just too much.

    Posted by: KJ | Mar 17, 2010 11:31:05 AM

  4. what does donohue want? for the Times to sweep it under rug like the church does? ten people to handle all this claims what a
    joke and the spokesman hopes that the cases will level out. time these bastards go to jail like any other predator

    Posted by: walter | Mar 17, 2010 11:39:36 AM

  5. At least Scicluna acknowledged he'd like to see fewer cases because, you know, only 300 children a year being sexually assaulted is, you know, obviously within acceptable parameters.

    If the Vatican gave him more staff, it would be acknowledging the situation for the emergency that it is, and we wouldn't want to do that now would we?

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Mar 17, 2010 11:46:18 AM

  6. isn't the problem with the priest having "TOO MUCH STAFF" to POLE!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Mar 17, 2010 11:50:42 AM

  7. Donohue's comments are despicable, even for him:

    "Was it wrong to send abusers to therapy? Is it wrong today? The Times does not say. While it is painfully obvious that psychologists and psychiatrists have oversold their competency in treating abusers, it has long been considered to be both scientifically and ethically sound. It still is. Perhaps that view is unwarranted, but it is flatly unfair to cherry pick Catholic decision-makers for indictment when therapy fails."

    a) The Times doesn't say because it's at least attempting to maintain a semblance of objectivity.
    b) Pointing out systemic failures in religious hierarchies isn't cherry-picking.
    c) The Church only confirms that it views its figures as above the law. The idea that child abuse would ever be handled internally is appalling then and now. Implying that it was a noble effort that sometimes goes off track is deplorable.

    "In doing so, the Times leaves the impression that Ratzinger was in charge of overseeing these cases when the scandal developed. Nonsense. The Times reported on January 9, 2002 that he had just been appointed to this role. Thus, he had nothing to do with this issue at the time when most of the abuse took place (mid-60s to mid-80s). "

    If he was appointed to the role, then he was at least partially in charge of overseeing abuse issue, even if his predecessor did the heavy lifting. And he's obviously responsible for everything that happens afterwards.

    Posted by: Zach | Mar 17, 2010 12:06:22 PM

  8. I ask investigators to consider looking into the abused children and other victims in the catholic church in the Philippines.

    Posted by: stopabusingourchildren | Mar 17, 2010 12:08:22 PM

  9. Hypocracy and the Roman Church go hand in hand. Always have, always will.

    In a few weeks the whole truth will come out about Benny and his RentBoys. It is just burying your head in the sand to believe that his "usher" would be procurinng multiple black Cuban soccer players just for himself.

    Posted by: chasmader | Mar 17, 2010 12:54:02 PM

  10. Clearly, "therapy" works, because the instances are so few and far between when these offenders repeat themselves. Oh, wait...

    Posted by: Baby Jane | Mar 17, 2010 12:54:21 PM

  11. Catholics and other false christians say kill Gays. Well I say kill them.

    Let these haters feel Christ's "love" they spew first hand!

    Posted by: Art Voigt | Mar 17, 2010 1:20:49 PM

  12. Let's forgive these men, as they are victims of social circumstance, having been forced to sublimate their pedophiliac homosexuality into the really only acceptable - albeit covert and in denial - community and perceived safe haven of "the church." Has the entire apparatus of the Catholic church been historically sustained by homosexuality/homosociality in order to create the safe haven? Is there a way to healthily integrate these men into contemporary secular society other than hidden behind the walls of the cloisters? Is just a matter of a collective coming out of the closet, I mean cloister?

    Posted by: olen | Mar 17, 2010 1:40:34 PM

  13. This is not a gay issue, it is an issue of pedophiles preying on children. The reason they abuse boys more than girls is they have more access to boys, there are no alter girls in traditional churches.

    When Cardinal Law was about to have charges brought against him here they quickly moved him to Vatican City, where he could not be touched. The Pope knew this, as I'm sure from these recent charges, he chose the DADT.

    I'm just glad they have this video in Brazil, hard to lie about videos, just ask Carrie Prejean.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Mar 17, 2010 2:00:22 PM

  14. I wouldn't be so sure, Patrick. Is preying on altar boys aged 13-17 really pedophilia? Or is this a case of closet cases behaving badly?

    Posted by: PaulyAnna | Mar 17, 2010 2:15:59 PM

  15. Sex with a 19 year old is not abuse in most cases, even if the partner is 82. There would have to be more to it.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 17, 2010 3:02:45 PM

  16. @ stopabusingourchildren:

    I was just thinking the exact same thing about the Philippines. I went to an all-boys school in Manila run by Benedictine monks and I am a witness to as well as a victim of the rampant sex abuse. If exposed, I am hoping that the breadth, reach and ubiquity of this abuse can finally blow-away any remaining moral standing that Rome has left. Let's bankrupt this evil church.

    Posted by: bading | Mar 17, 2010 3:31:09 PM

  17. And the logical problem of evil (John Mackie's formulation) relies on the heinous acts of christians, yet again, to disprove their own god.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 17, 2010 3:36:08 PM

  18. Those red Prada pumps don't lie.

    Posted by: mike shackleford | Mar 17, 2010 4:23:33 PM

  19. Paulyanna, really? You consider sex with a 13 year old and much older man consenual?

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Mar 17, 2010 5:12:58 PM

  20. I was raised a Catholic and never had any bad experiences with priest- so its stupid to say ALL CATHOLIC PRIESTS are predators. The Church is so use to getting it's way by using fear that they are simply not prepared to handle this disaster.

    Posted by: jaragon | Mar 17, 2010 6:09:11 PM

  21. I've noticed a lot of people like to put down the fairytales they dislike in some pathetic attempt to lend credibility to their own mythology. But it's always good to see the religious destroying one another...if for nothing less than a net decrease in irrational, harmful and false beliefs.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 17, 2010 6:18:30 PM

  22. "I was raised a Catholic and never had any bad experiences with priest- so its stupid to say ALL CATHOLIC PRIESTS are predators."


    Maybe your priests just weren't that into you.

    Posted by: Jacknasty | Mar 18, 2010 4:54:41 AM

  23. Jack, that was pretty Nasty.

    Posted by: chasmader | Mar 18, 2010 10:29:18 AM

  24. I think the size and global scope of the church makes the problem seem larger. Growing up(I am 35 now) I remember several news stories of abuse, corruption, underage sex about local protestant churches. However, it is much easier to brush it off if it is "Generic Protestant Splinter Sect A4" rather than a big name.

    Any profession that has uncritical or unsupervised access to children well eventually attract abusers, or those who are likely to abuse. If there is a church or organization that doesn't have a robust policy for dealing with abuses of power like this, then it is a guarantee that they have a hidden problem.

    Posted by: Gogmagog | Mar 18, 2010 11:35:30 AM

  25. NOthing but fucking evil. The church reeks of Paul Joseph Gobbels, who penned the line "tell a lie often enough and it will be seen as the truth"

    Something the pope learned in his early life, being born and growing up in Nazi Germany. His mentor and love being hitlers minister of propaganda.

    Anybody who goes to this church, gives it money, etc should really go see a shrink if they can't break away.

    Where they can learn about the fear and reward games, and blame the victim games, played by the church. An apparition right out of the dark ages of which they were the creator

    Posted by: Stan James | Mar 20, 2010 1:10:53 AM

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