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Monday, March 15, 2010

This isn't over

An Andrew Sullivan reader translates an editorial from the Süddeutsche Zeitung:
"The crisis of confidence affecting the church has not occurred because the church is an association of abusers. The church is in crisis precisely because, confronted with undeniable evidence of abuse, it expresses concern for itself instead of offering to help the victims of the abuse, by offering compensation, for instance. This crisis results from the church's refusal to admit that the priesthood and religious orders are attractive to men with sexual identity issues."
The reader adds:
There must be more than 10,000 words on the child abuse scandal in the A section, many jarring details, maps show how these problems were recurrent all over the country, especially in schools for young boys. These scandals progressed in America and we read about them, a reporter writes, but it turns out that exactly the same thing was going on all over Germany--but the German church was better able to keep it all under wraps. [...]

This can't go on for ever. And the responses that come out of the Vatican and the Germany prelacies show that its instincts are still to insist that it's the victim and attack those who pursue the evidence of abuse.

Ask yourself: what business does Benedict have lecturing to the Irish in view of his own role in the scandal in Bavaria?
Indeed. The Vatican's claim that the Pope was the true victim of the sex abuse that he helped cause seems to be a pretty tough sell in Germany.

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