Just this morning it was revealed in the Danish press, that our Bishop has TWO letters from the Vatican - one from 1962 and one from 2001 that both
declared that child abuse was to be treated with the utmost secrecy and belonged under the heading "Papal Secrets" (my translation from Danish) and
as such anybody revealing those secrets would be excumunicated.
What I find so strange about all of these alleged "letters" is that we never get to see the copies of the letter (an English translation would be
helpful), and we never see the context in which these letters are written. Papal secrets? Can we see some evidence? All the letters that have been
in the media have been small snippets. I have yet to see a media outlet release the full letter alleged to disclose a "cover-up".
The Catholic church is a corrupt and horrible edifice - I think it might be the Whore of Babylon referred to in the bible. I think all churches are
corrupt, but especially this church.l
Opinion. No facts. Perhaps you might want to pick up Butler's "Lives of the Saints" to learn more about how the Church helps the poor, the
oppressed, the downtrodden.
Out of the 75 Danish Catholic priests only 6 have provided the documentation required by law. The reason: Because it isn't in the law to demand the
documentation for priests employed before 2005. Or so they claim.
First, the Danish Church is not the entire Church. Most countries - in the case of criminal activity - can subpoena records as enforced by the court.
Are your trying to tell me that Denmark has laws against subpoenaing records as it relates to alleged criminal activity? I highly doubt that. It's
possible, but would be extremely rare.
Secondly, where is your evidence? And, please, don't post a link to a known anti-Catholic web site.
The mere fact that they don't get the documentation for priests employed before 2005 is just another way of protecting their secrets. Another way to
protect the criminal actions of the very persons who guide their flock of sheep.
No, there is such a thing as a statute of limitations in most countries. You can't go on a witch hunt to defame the Church and try to subpoena
Church records past the statute of limitations. It's called the rule of law.
The Church - or any falsely accused individual - is perfectly entitled to reject requests for information if the statute of limitations has passed.
That's not being secretive. That's avoiding an unnecessary, hysterical witch hunt by malignant enemies of the Church.
The very same persons (popes and cardinals) who stick out guidelines on how to be a proper catholic are the ones responsible for protecting criminals
within their ranks.
That's painting a very broad brush.
In the Minnesota case which was in the media recently, the current Pope didn't even learn about the facts of the case until 20 years after the fact
because the local bishops never brought the case to light.
In fact, the local police authorities never pursued criminal actions against the priest in question.
The bishops - some 20 years later after the alleged abuse - were trying to appease the deaf community - and the priest was on his death bed.
Again, most of these cases are from 20-40 years ago. The best the media can do is try to dig up cases of dead priests - who aren't even alive to
defend themselves against false accusations.
Your 4% should have been 0% After all we are talking about a religion who "are holier than thou".
I assume, therefore, you would say the same thing about any Protestant church, synagogue, day care facility, nursery school, kindergarten, etc.
Why single out the Catholic Church?
The 4% number is the same as what you will find in ANY clergy of ANY religious denomination.
Spanish Inquisition. Which Hunts. The killing of scientists on grounds of herecy. In newer times we have Mother Theresa. Lovely lady. Did you ever
read the information on HOW the poor little orphans were treated in those orphanages.
The best you can do is come up with historical examples from centuries ago. First, the Spanish Inquisition was conducted by the Spanish Monarchy in
1478, not the Roman Catholic Church. It was a political body directly under the control of the Spanish Monarchy. Get your facts straight.
Witch hunts? From the 1400's? Is that the best you can do? You seem to gloss over the fact that both Jews, and Protestants were involved in witch
hunts as well.
Mother Theresa. Here we go. A nun who dedicated her entire career to helping the poorest of the poor in Calcutta under the most impoverished
conditions. And she won the Nobel Peace Prize. Critics allege (never proven in a court of law) that some of her patients were neglected. When no
one else would care for these children, she did.
For every negative example you can give that defames the Church, I can show you thousands of examples of Catholic charity and philanthropy that is
positive and uplifting.