Why the Vatican continues to struggle with sex abuse scandals

Aug 13, 2018

By Chico Harlan

With revelation after revelation, a new wave of sexual abuse scandals is rocking the Roman Catholic Church and presenting Pope Francis with the greatest crisis of his papacy.

In Chile, prosecutors have raided church offices, seized documents and accused leaders of a coverup. In Australia, top church figures are facing detention and trials. And in the United States, after the resignation of a cardinal, questions are swirling about a hierarchy that looked the other way and protected him for years.

The church has had more than three decades — since notable abuse cases first became public — to safeguard victims, and itself, against such system failures. And, in the past five years, many Catholics have looked to Francis as a figure who could modernize the church and help it regain its credibility.

But Francis’s track record in handling abuse is mixed, something some outsiders attribute to his learning curve or shortcomings and others chalk up to resistance from a notoriously change-averse institution.

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3 comments on “Why the Vatican continues to struggle with sex abuse scandals

  • @OP – Why the Vatican continues to struggle with sex abuse scandals

    It should be obvious, that the propensity to cover-up, move offenders around to hide them, and use connections to Catholics in the police and administrations, while spending money to defend perpetrators, along with the belated and feeble approach of prosecuting authorities, encourages the past and present culture of hidden abuse.

    @OP – In Chile, prosecutors have raided church offices, seized documents and accused leaders of a coverup. In Australia, top church figures are facing detention and trials.

    Wilson is unrepentant, has not apologised when asked to do so, and is appealing against a pathetically lenient sentence in comparison to those sentences handed to other sex traffickers abusing children!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-45178004

    Philip Wilson: Ex-archbishop in cover-up to be detained at home

    A former Catholic archbishop will serve a maximum 12-month sentence in home detention for concealing child sexual abuse, an Australian court has ruled.

    The decision means Philip Wilson, who resigned as archbishop of Adelaide after his conviction, will avoid jail.

    Wilson, 67, is the world’s most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up sexual abuse.

    His lawyers said they would lodge an appeal on Tuesday.

    A magistrate said Wilson would commence his sentence immediately at a relative’s home, where he would be monitored by a tracking device.
    He will be eligible for parole after six months.

    Last month, he ordered Wilson to be assessed for home detention. Magistrate Stone said the senior clergyman had shown “no remorse or contrition” during the trial.

  • @#1 – It should be obvious, that the propensity to cover-up, move offenders around to hide them, and use connections to Catholics in the police and administrations . . . . . .

    https://www.richarddawkins.net/2018/05/highest-ranking-vatican-official-charged-with-sex-abuse-heads-to-trial/#li-comment-231690

    Former Australian detective Denis Ryan was driven out of the police force in 1972 when he tried to bring a paedophile priest to justice.

    As a detective in the 1970s, Mr Ryan tried to charge Monsignor John Day with sexual offences in the regional city of Mildura.

    However, he was blocked by senior police officers and ordered to drop the case.
    Mr Ryan has blamed the decision on his superiors’ “allegiance” to the Church.

    The cover-up of abuse in Australia, was discussed earlier on this link about Cardinal Pell!

  • While it does not have an obvious direct Catholic connection, it is based on a colonial era law of Christian rule, and this link illustrates how infiltration of administrations by religious bigots, can frustrate the operation of the legal procedures they are supposed to operate!

    It also shows how members of religious groups act as a fifth column within administrations, trying to intrude into normal individual private sex-lives!

    There is another example of this in the article on RDFS about “Catholic Hospitals” obstructing contraceptive procedures.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-45179057

    India’s patent office has rejected a plea by a Canadian company to patent a vibrator because sex toys violate “public order and morality”.

    Invoking India’s obscenity law, the patent office said the law “has never engaged positively with the notion of sexual pleasure”.

    In India??????
    The Kama Sutra is an ancient Indian Hindu text
    written by Vātsyāyana.
    It is widely considered to be the standard work on human sexual behaviour in Sanskrit … (Wikipedia)

    The ignorance of history and the delusion of legal expertise, is clearly very strong in India’s patent office!

    The patent office said sex toys are considered to be obscene objects and are illegal in India.

    But a 2011 court ruling had said sex toys could not be considered obscene.

    The office also invoked the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a 155-year-old colonial-era law, which criminalises gay sex and unnatural intercourse, in refusing the patent.

    “Why should the patents office handle moral decisions?
    Officials trained in technical science are not supposed to decide whether an invention is moral or immoral,” Prof Basheer told the BBC.

    Sex toys are openly sold online, and in a thriving black market in India.

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