Joined: Sep. 2003
|Posted: Sep. 16 2003,10:55 pm
|Quote (russalka @ Sep. 10 2003,6:13 pm)|
|I agree that there is all sorts of abuse in many denominations; it's just the catholic church's turn to take the heat for its criminal activity. It IS criminal to sexually abuse kids, and it is criminal not to report it. That a religious organization participates in this kind of activity is unconscionable.(And by hiding it, they are participating in it) The church can't be responsible for the kind of guys who join the priesthood, (i.e., pedophilia may not be evident) but it IS their responsibility to remove pedophiles from situations where they have access to kids and to report them to the police.|
I, too, was brought up a catholic, and have known some good, spiritual people, but when you come right down to it, what can you say about an institution that aids and abets criminals?
|but when you come right down to it, what can you say about an institution that aids and abets criminals?|
I don't believe that the Catholic church intended to do these evil things. The hierarchy of the institution is caught up in a horrible net of its own making. Leilah is correct to point up the doctrinal rigidity and the wealth as factors in it, but there is also that horrible thing called denial. Denial causes people and institutions alike to do all likes of horrible things or to facilitate horrible things. It isn't the same as criminal intent, but every bit as bad in that it is facilitation.
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