The Beast File: Catholic Church Sex Scandals

ABC TV Hungry Beast Show: April 14, 2010.
The final Beast File for season two looks at the Catholic Church’s response to child sex abuse and the 2000-year paper trail of Church documents showing this first became an issue in the years following Jesus’ death.

Comment by Johnny on May 30, 2010 at 9:18am
Comment by Shine on May 30, 2010 at 2:48pm
Wow, that is disgusting to see just how long pedophilia has been a problem in the church. Of course, it's all due to the modern secular movement! Maybe the secular movement involves some sort of time travel wherein atheists were transported back two thousand years to corrupt the impeccable morals of early clergymen and thereby lead them to molest little boys...
Comment by Steven on May 31, 2010 at 2:33pm
Perhaps it is time to bring charges against the Pope.
Comment by Paul Tourville on June 4, 2010 at 5:58pm
... How about a few Predator drones...? Go all Dora Farms on the Vatican! That'll get Benny's attention!
Comment by GT on June 4, 2010 at 10:01pm
Steven re: charges against the pope, here we go -
"Dawkins, Hitchens want Pope arrested"
By Europe correspondent Emma Alberici, staff
Updated Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:08am AEST

High-profile atheist Richard Dawkins is backing a push to have Pope Benedict arrested over the Catholic Church's child abuse scandal when the pontiff visits Britain later this year.

High-profile barrister and human rights campaigner Geoffrey Robertson has advised Dawkins and author Christopher Hitchens that legal action can be taken against the Pope over his alleged cover-up of sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

In 1985, in his then capacity as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pope Benedict signed a letter arguing that the good of the universal church should be considered before the defrocking of an American priest who committed sex offences against two boys.

Comment by GT on June 4, 2010 at 10:11pm
"Fresh allegations made against Pope"
Updated Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:33pm AEST
Pope Benedict is facing new allegations about his handling of cases of child abuse by paedophile priests.

The Associated Press news agency says it has obtained a letter signed by the future Pope in 1985, when he was a senior Vatican official, in which he resisted appeals for the dismissal of an American priest who had sexually abused two boys at a school in California.

The Pope, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, pleaded for more time, asking the diocese to consider the good of the universal church.

Cardinal Ratzinger wrote in the letter that arguments to remove the priest were of "grave significance", but also worried about what "granting the dispensation can provoke with the community of Christ's faithful, particularly regarding the young age of the petitioner".

Michael Brown, a spokesman for the diocese did not comment on the letters, but said, "I think factually it [the record] shows the diocese did the right things in 1978, and in 1987 he was removed from the priesthood".

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