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Angry Dragon

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What went wrong in the Catholic Church?


Why have its leaders been unable to deal with the priest sex abuse scandal in an honest and convincing way?

By Michael D'Antonio

February 10, 2013

The files released last week by America's largest Catholic archdiocese revealed new and disturbing details about how church officials schemed to protect priests accused of molesting children. But was the scandal in Los Angeles really so much worse than in other places?

Sadly, no. The details emerging from the documents mirror what happened in archdioceses across the country, as church officials time and again put their own concerns above the needs of victims.

One of the earliest cases to draw nationwide attention involved Gilbert Gauthe, a priest who raped dozens of boys in rural Louisiana. By 1984, when Gauthe was indicted on 34 counts of sex crimes against children, church officials had been aware he was abusing children for at least a decade. But instead of reporting his crimes, they transferred him to another parish, where he continued to have sex with the children in his charge. He was stopped only after a boy he raped wound up in the hospital due to his injuries.

~big snip

Sex and power. These are two factors that Catholic leaders have failed to confront, even as the church falls down around them. Any recovery from the great scandal will require change in both areas. Thirty years on, even under the threat of criminal prosecution, they seem incapable of the kind of self-examination that would allow such change. Instead they fight against truth-telling and suffer further ignominy. No wonder this is a scandal without end

It just seems the Catholic Church feels that anyone bringing these faults to their eyes is attacking them.

President Obama in Minneapolis to talk guns today n/t

Posted by Angry Dragon | Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:29 PM (0 replies)

Listening to local news and they are talking about the Obama gun photo

The reporters are talking about how Obama can handle a rifle when he shoots skeet
How the hell can do a honest report about guns when they do not even know the difference between a rifle and a shotgun??
You use a shotgun for skeet .......... idiots
Posted by Angry Dragon | Sat Feb 2, 2013, 07:08 PM (0 replies)

Just saw a post that said: Message auto-removed .........what is that about??

Posted by Angry Dragon | Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:08 PM (2 replies)
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