The New York Times 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. 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.
It is amazing that the Catholic Church had the manpower and funds to vehemently oppose marriage equality in Maine and other places, yet they only have 10 people to investigate the avalanche of sexual abuse charges. This is all you need to know about the sexual morality and priorities of this Pope. It is absolutely insulting and disgraceful for the Vatican to throw money at marriage referendums, while underfunding child abuse investigations. Shame on the Pope.
The head of Ireland’s Catholics has apologised for his role in mishandling the case of a serial child abuser.
As a priest in 1975 Cardinal Sean Brady was at meetings where children signed vows of silence over complaints against paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth.
He said he wanted to apologise to “all those who feel I have let them down”.
Meanwhile, Pope Benedict XVI has announced that on Friday he will sign his long awaited pastoral letter dealing with paedophilia in Ireland.
He said in recent months the church in Ireland had been “rocked by the crisis of abuse of minors” and hoped his letter would “help repentance, healing and renewal”.
And these people are going to preach to me about sexual morality? Please.