Monday, September 7, 2015

WORTH THE READ

"The image of a Christian Church that enabled the sexual and spiritual violation of its most vulnerable members and when confronted, responded with institutionalized mendacity and utter disregard for the victims cannot be adequately described as a “problem,” a “crisis” or a “scandal.” The widespread sexual violation of children and adults by clergy and the horrific response of the leadership, especially the bishops, is the present-day manifestation of a very dark and toxic dimension of the institutional Church."



"The paradigm of the institutional Church interacting in society has shifted and continues to do so as the forces demanding justice, honesty and accountability by the hierarchy continue their relentless pressure. The Catholic monolith, once accepted by friend and foe alike as a rock-solid monarchy, is crumbling."

"It is not a matter of defaming the Church’s image. No one has done a better job of that than the bishops themselves."

"The default response to a report of child, adolescent or adult sexual abuse was first to enshroud it in an impenetrable blanket of secrecy. The perpetrator was shifted to another assignment. The victim was intimidated into silence. The media knew nothing and if law enforcement of civil officials were involved, they deferred to the bishop “for the good of the Church.”

- from the address of Fr. Thomas P. Doyle, J.C.D., C.A.D.C, August 2, 2014, at SNAP’s 25th Anniversary Convention in Chicago.

https://rapevictimsofthecatholicchurch.wordpress.com/tag/archbishop-rembert-weakland/


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