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Rome Has Spoken and Rome Is Finished: The Vatican’s Sexual Abuse Summit ‘Failed Miserably’

Feb 28, 2019

By Mary Hunt

Roma locuta; causa finita est, attributed to Augustine, means: “Rome has spoken, the matter is closed.” So it is. Sordid details emerging of Australian Cardinal George Pell’s conviction on “multiple historical child sex offenses” are no great shock. They only confirm the general consensus that the recent Roman summit was a dismal failure of nerve and justice at a time when only nerve and justice will suffice.

Survivors of sexual abuse, women religious, LBGTIQ advocates, and some journalists made impressive showings during the recent “Protection of Minors in the Church” meetings in Rome. Pope Francis, cardinals and bishops, not so much. The Vatican had lowered expectations going into the meeting once it became clear that Catholic people around the world demand action not just words. From all that I saw and read—talks and press conferences were live streamed; press coverage was extensive—the clerics came in well below even their own low bar.

As I surmised beforehand, the meeting was “held at the wrong time with the wrong people about the wrong issues.”

Just imagine if the meeting had been held in September 2018, right after the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report was issued with its shockingly large number of victims and offenders. That would have also been right after reports came out that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had abused countless seminarians and priests. The Vatican crowd could have saved themselves a lot of grief.

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3 comments on “Rome Has Spoken and Rome Is Finished: The Vatican’s Sexual Abuse Summit ‘Failed Miserably’

  • @OP – The Vatican had lowered expectations going into the meeting once it became clear that Catholic people around the world demand action not just words.

    From all that I saw and read—talks and press conferences were live streamed; press coverage was extensive—the clerics came in well below even their own low bar.

    That’s the thing about delusional verbosity!  It may mislead many gullible people for many years, but in the real world, it is utterly useless as a substitute for objective and purposeful actions to manage establishments properly.

    I suppose that’s a bit tricky for those in full-time employment in the delusion business!

    In the modern world. many people realise that magic incantations and prayer, don’t work, so “faith” won’t stretch that far! The congregations want to see actions, not cover-ups or platitudes!

     


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  • The state laws seem to be  at least making token efforts to do what the Vatican won’t do!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-47380981
    Cardinal George Pell has been remanded in custody after being found guilty of sexual offences against children in Australia.
    The ex-Vatican treasurer abused two boys in 1996, a jury found in December.

    Pell’s bail was revoked on Wednesday, placing him in custody for the first time. He will be sentenced on 13 March.

    The cardinal is the most senior Catholic figure ever convicted of sexual abuse. He maintains he is innocent and has lodged an appeal.

    A jury unanimously convicted Pell of one charge of sexually penetrating a child under 16, and four counts of committing an indecent act on a child under 16.

    The process of justice is so slow that many of these conspiring criminals have died of old age before anything effective was even started!


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  • The world wide problem of unregulated abuse by people who think they are above the law, just keeps coming to light.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47481618

    France’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, has been handed a six-month suspended sentence for his role in covering up the sexual abuse of minors.
    Cardinal Barbarin was found guilty of not reporting allegations of assaults by a priest in the 1980s and 1990s.

    He denied the charges and his lawyers say he will appeal against the verdict.

    Cardinal Barbarin’s sentencing comes as the Catholic Church battles a fresh wave of abuse scandals.

    During the trial, he told the court: “I cannot see what I am guilty of. I never tried to hide, let alone cover up these horrible facts.”

    Those faith-blinkers and self-awarded badges of “church-first” religious “goodness”,  just keep on sustaining the moral blindness when it comes to the consideration of the rights of humans before covering up on behalf of the reputations of gods and their minions!  – Particularly in those who like to think they a “above” state laws!

     


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