So the Pope once again talking about child sex abuse within the clergy but doing little, if nothing to stop it. All that he has done is blame it on the 70s.

How can someone with the power that the Pope has ( there is afterall over 1 Billion practicing Catholics out there, who all believe that He speaks infallibly on issues of Morals and Faith and it is the Holy Spirit speaking through him) get away with such flippant remarks?

Anyhow here's the article what do you guys think? Any ideas on how we can combat the Vatican?

Victims of clerical sex abuse have reacted furiously to Pope Benedict's claim yesterday that paedophilia wasn't considered an “absolute evil” as recently as the 1970s.

In his traditional Christmas address yesterday to cardinals and officials working in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI also claimed that child pornography was
increasingly considered “normal” by society.

“In the 1970s, paedophilia was theorised as something fully in conformity with man and even with children,” the Pope said.

“It was maintained — even within the realm of Catholic theology — that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a
‘better than' and a ‘worse than'. Nothing is good or bad in itself.”

The Pope said abuse revelations in 2010 reached “an unimaginable dimension” which brought “humiliation” on the Church.

Asking how abuse exploded within the Church, the Pontiff called on senior clerics “to repair as much as possible the injustices that occurred” and to
help victims heal through a better presentation of the Christian message.

“We cannot remain silent about the context of these times in which these events have come to light,” he said, citing the growth of child pornography
“that seems in some way to be considered more and more normal by society” he
said.

But outraged Dublin victim Andrew Madden last night insisted that child abuse was not considered normal in the company he kept.

Mr Madden accused the Pope of not knowing that child pornography was the viewing of images of children being sexually abused, and should be named as
such.

He said: “That is not normal. I don't know what company the Pope has been keeping for the past 50 years.”

Pope Benedict also said sex tourism in the Third World was “threatening an entire generation”.

Angry abuse victims in America last night said that while some Church officials have blamed the liberalism of the 1960s for the Church's sex abuse
scandals and cover-up catastrophes, Pope Benedict had come up with a new
theory of blaming the 1970s.

“Catholics should be embarrassed to hear their Pope talk again and again about abuse while doing little or nothing to stop it and to mischaracterise this
heinous crisis,” said Barbara Blaine, the head of SNAP, the Survivors
Network of those Abused by Priests,

“It is fundamentally disturbing to watch a brilliant man so conveniently misdiagnose a horrific scandal,” she added.

“The Pope insists on talking about a vague ‘broader context' he can't control, while ignoring the clear ‘broader context' he can influence — the
long-standing and unhealthy culture of a rigid, secretive, all-male Church
hierarchy fixated on self-preservation at all costs. This is the ‘context’
that matters.”

The latest controversy comes as the German magazine Der Spiegel continues to investigate the Pope's role in allowing a known paedophile priest to work
with children in the early 1980s.



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A friend of mine posted the link regarding this story to his facebook wall yesterday and facebook removed it! He reposted it and now it is being shared to show facebook and everyone else that this is not right!!!!!

 

But back to the original post...this is not all surprising. They always pass the blame.

Technically, he's correct.  As late as the 1970s, things that we would consider child porn today were sold publicly and legally.  And, technically, pedophilia in and of itself does not constitute evil since pedophilia is a mental condition, not any particular act and it is ACTS that are evil, not a state of mind.

 

I'm willing to concede both of these technical points to the pope and, even so, I'm still left asking "SO WHAT?!"  What the fuck does that have to do with child sex abuse in the church?  That's not the same as the tween version of Playboy and if there's pedophiles sitting in their basement NOT touching children and NOT intending to, then the fact that those pedophiles aren't "evil" still has NOT ONE DAMN THING to do with the sick priests who DID act on their perverse desires!

 

Even conceding the pope's points and agreeing with him, I can still see NO WAY in which this is even the same goddamn SUBJECT!  He's spinning his fucking wheels, as usual.

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