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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Vatican Hypocrisy!!

The Vatican lies. What else is new?

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Sexual abuse of children is not just a Catholic Church problem and other institutions should take steps to acknowledge and deal with such "wickedness" within their own ranks, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

While I agree that sexual abuse of children is not just a Catholic Church problem, how dare the Catholic Church tell others that they need to deal with it when the Catholic Church has NEVER dealt with it. The Catholic Church's idea of dealing with pedophile priests and nuns is to:

1) Pay off the victims so that they don't contact police to make a complaint, press charges, talk, etc.

2) Move the pedophile priests and nuns around from parish to parish, thus ensuring that the abuse can and will continue.

3) Not contact police and not report abuse.

4) Completely ignore the abuse, and act as though nothing happened.

5) Protect the pedophile priest or nun.

Yeah, that's really dealing with the abuse problems!! That's really helping the victims.

The Vatican's chief spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, also said the record $660 million settlement between the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and victims of sexual abuse was an attempt to "close a painful chapter and look forward."

"The Church is above all clearly pained by the suffering of the victims and their families, by the deep wounds caused by the grave and inexcusable behavior of some of its members," Lombardi said.

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!! The $660 million settlement is nothing more than a bribe!! It is a bribe to ensure that the victims don't speak. It's a bribe to ensure that the victims don't tell their stories. It's a bribe in order to save the Catholic Church's ass!! This is an attempt to sweep what happened, or rather didn't happen, under the rug. This is an attempt to wash it all away, and start all over while failing to accept responsibility for what happened.

The Catholic Church doesn't give a damn about the victims and their suffering. The Catholic Church only gives a damn about saving their own ass. If the Catholic Church truly cared about the victims, they would have turned these pedophile priests and nuns in the second they became aware of the abuse. If the Catholic Church truly cared about the victims, they wouldn't have hesitated to do the right thing. Instead, they CHOSE to cover it all up. They CHOSE to lie. They CHOSE to move these people around. They CHOSE to ignore what was happening. They CHOSE to allow this abuse to keep happening. The $660 million settlement is nothing more than a slap in the face to each and every victim of the Catholic Church. It is a mockery of what they went through, and will forever go through.

In his interview with Vatican Radio, Lombardi spoke of the "sacrifices" the settlement would impose on the archdiocese.

The settlement funds will come from the archdiocese selling real estate assets, including the archdiocese's headquarters, insurers and various Catholic religious orders.

Ohhhhhhhhhhh, forgive me if I don't give a damn about the "sacrifices" that the archdiocese will now have to make in order to pay off this bribe. Forgive me if I don't give a damn that the archdiocese will "suffer" because of this. What about the sacrifices that the VICTIMS made? They can never get their childhood back. They can never undo the abuse that they suffered. They will never be the same, no matter how much money the Catholic Church throws at them. Sacrifices my ass!! The only sacrifice the Catholic Church is making here is parting with money. WOW!! BIG DEAL!!

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