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VATICAN CITY – The Vatican responded Monday to allegations that it had concealed years of clerical sex abuse by making it clear for the first time that bishops and other high-ranking clerics should report such crimes to police if required by law. Victims have charged that the Catholic Church created what amounted to a conspiracy to cover up abuse by keeping allegations of abuse secret and not reporting them to civil authorities.
"The statement confirms what has been long known, that where the civil state creates an obligation to report, bishops like anyone else are required to examine the law and determine what they have to do to obey it," Lena told the AP.
Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado (March 10, 1920 – January 30, 2008) was a Mexican-born Roman Catholic priest who founded the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi movement. From 1956 to the end of his life he was engulfed in scandals after accusations of a lifetime of financial and sexual misconduct and drug abuse.
In 2006 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, removed Maciel from active ministry, inviting him to spend the rest of his days in prayer and penance.
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Originally posted by pieman
if the abuse was happening, the dogs in the street knew it was happening and no-one did a thing.
Originally posted by pieman
the "problem" is not -the catholic church- and it isn't -evil priests-, the problem is with the attitude that sexuality is something which should be routinely repressed.
Originally posted by jokei
Disturbing you can treat a subject like this so flippantly, may I ask how you presume the dogs knew?
would you care to elaborate further on what you mean specifically by "the attitude that sexuality is something which should be routinely repressed."