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#216692 - 04/09/08 03:47 AM Pope Will Speak on Abuse Crisis - Trigger Warning
NWcats Offline

Registered: 12/19/06
Posts: 70
Loc: Pacific Northwest
Vatican: Pope Will Speak on Abuse Crisis

By VICTOR L. SIMPSON 6 hours ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Benedict XVI recognizes the damage and pain caused by the clergy sex abuse crisis and will seek to heal wounds during his U.S. trip next week, the Vatican's No. 2 official said Tuesday.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, in an interview with The Associated Press, said Benedict will deliver a message of "trust and hope" when he meets American clergy at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York.

Benedict "will try to open the path of healing and reconciliation," said Bertone, the Vatican's secretary of state.

The abuse crisis has caused "so much suffering for the victims, for the families of the victims and above all to the church because it was a contradiction with the great educational mission of the church," Bertone lamented during the 30-minute interview in the frescoed Treaty Hall of the Apostolic Palace.

U.S. dioceses have paid out hundreds of millions of dollars in claims since the crisis began six years ago in Boston, where Cardinal Bernard Law ultimately resigned as archbishop. Nearly 14,000 molestation claims have been filed against Catholic clergy since 1950 a substantial chunk of them in recent years.

Catholics in Boston had hoped Benedict would visit their city in the wake of the scandal. Bertone said Benedict, who will turn 81 during next week's visit to the U.S., is fit but could not meet all the invitations from U.S. cities and had to limit himself to Washington and New York.

"The pope is well, everyone sees it, all those who are near to him see his freshness," Bertone said.

Turning to security during the visit, the cardinal said he is aware of anti-papal rhetoric from Islamic extremists. But he noted that Benedict visited the predominantly Muslim nation of Turkey in 2006, just two months after he touched off a fury in the Islamic world by linking that faith to violence in a speech in his native Germany.

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden recently accused the pope of helping in a "new Crusade," but Bertone said "I must say the Holy Father is very tranquil and serene. ... We have faith in the means of protection the government will implement."

"He entrusts himself to God and also to his guardian angels who won't be lacking on this trip to the United States," Bertone said with a smile.

Bertone worked as a close aide to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger when the future pope headed the Vatican's office supervising doctrinal orthodoxy. He then served as archbishop of Genoa before Benedict appointed him secretary of state.

He now plays a highly visible role in the papacy.

Bertone was in Cuba on a long-scheduled visit when Raul Castro assumed the presidency in February, and their discussions touched on political prisoners in Cuba and Cubans jailed for spying in the United States.

The cardinal reiterated the Vatican's long-held position against the U.S. embargo against Cuba and some European Union sanctions in his interview with the AP.

Bertone, who will be meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Washington, said the embargo "does not help the positive development of Cuban society, rather it impedes it."

"The role of the church in Cuba is recognized. I would like to make a positive observation also comparing to other nations of the world that Cuba, even under the regime of Fidel Castro never interfered with the nomination and election of bishops of the Catholic Church."

He did not elaborate on the other nations but might have been referring to China, where the Communist government sees the Vatican tradition of the pope naming his own bishops as interference in the country.

Earlier in the day, the Vatican released a videotaped message from Benedict saying he hopes his trip will be seen as a sign of friendship toward all Christian denominations and other religions.

He will meet with President Bush, visit a Manhattan synagogue and address the United Nations.

Bertone said "the dignity of the human being" will be at the center of Benedict's U.N. address, linking the visit to the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Asked what impact the speech might have on U.S. policy, the Italian cardinal noted that "the United States shares the ideals of the United Nations."

The theme of the trip, "Christ our Hope" is a reflection that Benedict is "not a pessimistic pope," Bertone said.

He noted the importance of religion in American life and the Catholic Church in America. While the pope is aware that Catholics in the United States and elsewhere in the world stray from church teaching, the cardinal said, Benedict wants his pilgrimage to give his flock "reason for faith and for hope."

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#217101 - 04/10/08 08:07 PM Re: Pope Will Speak on Abuse Crisis - Trigger Warn [Re: NWcats]
reality2k4 Offline

Registered: 07/06/04
Posts: 6845
Loc: Stuck between water, air, and ...
The Pope is at last bowing to political pressure, rather than Gods will.

For decades, he has asked the church to cover up abuse, in an attempt to sweep it under the carpet, and forget it ever happened.
When such a man of 'God', bows to political pressure, instead of asking his own conscience, and that of his own creator, then we get a very sinister meaning to his motives.

I have had to divorce myself from the church because of this mans teachings, yes, that is it, he is only a man and not such a revered figure as the Pope is supposed to be.

I guess his speeches are just lip service to all those who can stand to listen, the sheep will obey anything this revered man of God says, NOT!

I am sorry but he is not what God wants, in his leadership of his church on Earth, but who is going to tell HIM that???

Certainly NOT his conscience, if he has one,


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#217237 - 04/11/08 05:18 AM Re: Pope Will Speak on Abuse Crisis - Trigger Warn [Re: reality2k4]
WalkingSouth Offline

Registered: 08/30/05
Posts: 16270
Loc: Waldport, Oregon
I find it interesting that this pope is the one who is speaking out about this crisis in the RC church, having been the church's "go to guy" in enforcing their policy of excommunicating any member who went "outside" the confines of the church hierarchy to report instances of abuse.

Having said that, I also am keeping an open mind that this will be a very small, but positive step in the right direction.

"Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting 'Holy Shit! What a ride!'" ~Hunter S. Thompson

#217294 - 04/11/08 02:11 PM Re: Pope Will Speak on Abuse Crisis - Trigger Warn [Re: WalkingSouth]
roadrunner Offline
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Registered: 05/02/05
Posts: 22045
Loc: Carlisle, PA
You know, I look at announcements like this and I just think, "I'll believe it when I see the proof of the pudding." The pope can preach all he wants, but John's point remains: this is the man who engineered the Church policy of threatening Catholics with excommunication unless they confined their complaints to within the Church.

And what happened in those investigations? We have a good example in the case of one of our own brothers here, who was abused by a priest but then went to his Dad and told him what happened. When his furious father confronted Church officials they promised an investigation but insisted that inquiries should remain within the Church. The family agreed, trusting that the Church was really interested in the welfare of those who believed in it. But their hopes were disappointed. The investigating panel concluded that nothing had happened and that the boy was making up the story. The family was told that if any of them took the case outside the Church now, they would be excommunicated. As a result, this survivor, now an adult, is facing decades-old abuse issues that should have been resolved when he was a boy.

I guess I'm not very open-minded than where this issue is concerned; I admit that. But experience tells me to expect nothing from Pope Benedict XVI. I hope I am wrong, but my expectation is that while I'm sure we will get a blizzard of patronizing piety and pity, not this pope - or any pope - will be prepared to stand up and say "we were wrong, we are responsible for this terrible crime", and then take the steps required to put things right. I know there are honorable and genuinely righteous men and women working in the Church and I applaud and respect their efforts, but for the Church as an institution, money - not truth or justice - will always count the most.

Much love,

Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
(Woody Guthrie)


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