Pope to Irish: Child abuse by clergy 'a mystery'

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  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    June 19, 2012 4:43 p.m.

    It's simple. If you remove sex from a human, who instinctively is supposed to have sex to reproduce, you will have problems. This stretches from chastity till marriage to life-time celibacy. It's a difficult issue for a human to address.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 19, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    I think we should be vey careful casting stones here. There are very real reasons why in many of our classes we insist there are two adults in the room with children, that we have strict guidelines for adults and scout and girls camp activities.

    Human nature has a dark side, which most are able to keep deep under lock and key. But we, nor are Catholics, imune from behaviour that is not in keeping with either institutions teachings.

    What is hard to understand, anytime, is when ones behaviour is not in synch with what one knows to be right, or it hurts the ones we love and often protect. Doctors, Preachers, Teachers, coaches and even parents fall prey to behaviour not in keeping with ones own values.

    Lets not get all puffed here and kid ourselves that this is a "Catholic" problem, or a religous problem.

  • Stephen Kent Ehat Lindon, UT
    June 19, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    It most certainly is NOT a "mystery." Google this: A VERY SHORT HISTORY OF CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

    Roger Hoffman tells a tender story of how he came to write the third verse of his hymn, "Consider the Lilies of the Field," which begins, "Consider the sweet, tender children
    Who must suffer on this earth..."

    Says Hoffman, "I panicked. I was afraid to tackle so large a subject. I thought, 'My pen is too small to deal with a problem so great.'" (Google this: Writing Consider the Lilies).

    Perhaps the Pope, too, is afraid to tackle so large a subject. The Catholic Church has for centuries attempted to tackle it, keeping it secret only in more recent decades.

    Archbishop George H. Niederauer, formerly of Salt Lake City, properly gives the U.S. Bishops Charter prominent place on the official Web site of the archdiocese of San Francisco (Google this: U.S. Bishops Charter: Promise to Protect; Pledge to Heal)

    The fourth paragraph of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" will benefit all of God's children, even those who have grown up Roman Catholic and become priests.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    June 19, 2012 8:40 a.m.

    It is just one of the many evils of organized religion and church political dominance over individuals and community. If there is a god then he is in the minds and hearts of men and not in their buildings and organizations. It is much easier to hold individuals accountable than it is man's organizations and istitutions.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    June 19, 2012 7:52 a.m.

    The Catholic Church seems to take a few decades (or hundreds of years in some cases) to rectify things its done. This situation is no different. I think they would like to see some of the abused die off (for their silence) then they can say what they will without much backlash.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 19, 2012 7:09 a.m.

    Perhaps this is an answer to the Popes wonderment why so many priests abuse children.

    EVERY sexual outlet for a priest is forbidden. Therefore abusing a kid comes to be seen as just one of many forbidden outlets, therefore its horribleness is diminished in the priests mind, and where a priest is so fed up with having no joy in this aspect of their life to the point of not being willing to take it any more, he WILL take one of the available forbidden outlets and often times this turns out to be abusing children.

    Remember priests are human too, and what is being asked of them (being forbidden to marry) goes contrary to even the teachings they seek to adhere to.