Searing testimony heard at Vatican sex abuse summit

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  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2019 3:12 p.m.

    Too little and too late. Not convinced they are really going to do anything about it. All sick and sad.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Feb. 21, 2019 12:14 p.m.

    As the US enters a third decade of knowing about and doing nothing about this problem, it may be that a good starting point might be to understand that rogue pedophile priests somehow seem to think that this is either "not such a big deal" or something that they are entitled to. Those who do not abuse, but cover up and ask to be allowed to handle it in their own way, also either consider preying on children to be, no big deal--or something that they are entitled by God, to handle in their own way. Those in the laity and those who, in a law enforcement capacity, who shield them are coming from a starting point of thinking that their jobs to protect the innocent is secondary to smoothing things out with the church they either grew up in, or who they feel controlled by. We've heard these words about transparency before and over the decades the problem continues and abused children have grown into adults with shattered lives--and the abuse continues. This problem is so deep and so entrenched that a summit like this seems to smack of not much more than---"Oh yeah--let's do that thing where we pretend to be on the case."

  • dogbreath Francis, UT
    Feb. 21, 2019 9:05 a.m.

    I really think the pope should personally act now on the abuse issues. It seems the cardinals, bishops and priests aren't doing anything about it.