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Prelate: Church Has No Hiding Place for Pedophiles

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posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 12:40 PM
The following is an article from the Archbishop in charge of England and Wales on what is being done to combat child abuse in the Church. In it he tells of how the Church now reveals to police all allegations of abuse, no matter how old and he discusses the document 'Crimen Sollicitationi' , how it has been misinterpreted by the MSM and what this document really says.

Prelate: Church Has No Hiding Place for Pedophiles

Stresses Determination of England and Wales to Fight Abuse

LONDON, MARCH 29, 2010 ( The archbishop of Westminster is affirming the Church's commitment to protect children from sexual abuse and weed out past offenders.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols affirmed this in an article for The Times newspaper. The Web site of the Diocese of Westminster publicized the complete article, which was published in an edited form by The Times on Friday.

"The child abuse committed within the Catholic Church and its concealment is deeply shocking and totally unacceptable," he said. "It rightly attracts deep anger."

"Today, not for the first time, I express my unreserved shame and sorrow for what has happened to many in the Church," the prelate stated.

He continued, "My shame is compounded, as is the anger of many, at the mistaken judgments made within the Church: that reassurance from a suspect could be believed; that credible allegations were deemed to be 'unbelievable;' that the reputation of the Church mattered more than the safeguarding of children."

The archbishop underlined "the importance of the Paramouncy principle: The safety of the child comes first because the child is powerless."


"It is important to state that the document 'Crimen Sollicitationi,' (updated in 2001) does not in any way inhibit criminal offences being reported to the public authorities by Catholic dioceses or religious orders," the archbishop clarified.


He noted that "in recent days, the meaning of this document has been misunderstood or misinterpreted as part of allegations of a 'cover-up' by the Holy See."

"The relationship between the administration of Church law and the criminal law in any particular state is a point of real difficulty and misunderstanding," Archbishop Nichols acknowledged.

He added, "Nothing in the requirement of Canon Law prohibits or impedes the reporting of criminal offences to the police."

He affirmed that "since 2001, the Holy See, working through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has encouraged that course of action on dioceses which have received evidence of child abuse and which the diocesan authorities are responsible for pursing."

Archbishop Nichols reported that "in England and Wales, since 2001, the agreed policy followed by the bishops has been to report all allegations of child abuse, no matter from how far back in the past, to the police or social services."


"Every year since 2002 the Catholic Church in England and Wales has made public the exact number of allegations made within the Church, the number reported to the police, the action taken and the outcome," Archbishop Nichols reported.

"As far as I know, no other body or organization in this country does this," he added. "This is not a cover-up; it is clear and total disclosure."

The purpose in doing this, the prelate affirmed, "is to make plain that in the Catholic Church in England and Wales there is no hiding place for those who seek to harm children."

Read more: Zenit

Archbishop Nichols finished up by stating that only 1% of priests in England and Wales have had child abuse allegations made against them but, he acknowledged "one case alone is enough to justify anger and outrage."

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[edit on 3/30/10 by FortAnthem]

posted on Mar, 30 2010 @ 01:06 PM
This is a interesting situation the church is in.

Priesthood has always been a place where gay religious men go when they are shamed about who they are to such an extent that they think by joining the church and taking oaths sort of saves them...

it doesn' instead of simply accepting who you are, you ended up becoming even more isolated from your reality...and what do you have around you? a bunch of alterboys whom will keep quiet for the most suddenly that gay tendency will express itself not how it should, but by any means necessary...and you got this fiasco.

Sorry, but "normal" people dont remove themselves from the natural desires of humans...they just dont...they can try to supress it of course, and we see how well thats working out.

The problem here is that the church does two things
1) condemns homosexuality
2) doesn't allow for marriage/relations

what a dumb move...this will never be solved until those two issues are taken care of. Once priests can get will find alot less priests in the world because its no longer a safe haven for homosexuals that demand on staying in the closet.

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