Vatican warned Irish bishops not to report abuse

DUBLIN – A 1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland's Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police — a disclosure that victims' groups described as "the smoking gun" needed to show that the church enforced a worldwide culture of covering up crimes by pedophile priests.

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This offends me not as an atheist, not as a rape survivor, or as an advocate for abused children. It offends me as a human. It is getting harder and harder for me not to draw conclusions about all the people who still call themselves Catholic. What will it take? What is too immoral if not the cover up and passive acceptance of the rape of children by the thousands?

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Comment by 1311 on January 19, 2011 at 9:54am
LaRae Meadows,

I agree with you. This is pretty messed-up. I sent someone close to me the news about the Vatican warning the Irish bishops not to report abuse. This someone is a Roman Catholic. I wanted him to know what his church has been up to. I wanted to open up his eyes.

He read the article and all he said was, "This doesn't pertain to me. If it's not happening in my town's church then this is not affecting me. Please stop trying to put my church down. Don't send me any more emails like that."

I looked at him and said, "How can you turn a blind eye from what's going on in your church? Why do you choose to live in ignorance? This is your church, your religion that is doing this. Why don't you want to see the truth?"

All he said was, "Because I'm not trying to look for the bad in religion and in people like you do. This does not affect me. I'm still going to be a Catholic."

What else could I say???



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