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August 07, 2003

Defending the Indefensible Faith

Please explain to me why anyone would remain Catholic after stories like this:

CBS News Correspondent Vince Gonzales has uncovered a church document kept secret for 40 years.

The confidential Vatican document, obtained by CBS News, lays out a church policy that calls for absolute secrecy when it comes to sexual abuse by priests - anyone who speaks out could be thrown out of the church.

The policy was written in 1962 by Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani.

The document, once "stored in the secret archives" of the Vatican, focuses on crimes initiated as part of the confessional relationship and what it calls the "worst crime": sexual assault committed by a priest" or "attempted by him with youths of either sex or with brute animals."

Bishops are instructed to pursue these cases "in the most secretive way...restrained by a perpetual silence...and everyone {including the alleged victim) ...is to observe the strictest secret, which is commonly regarded as a secret of the Holy Office...under the penalty of excommunication."

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark the Holy See. And has been for some time. Sorry, I don't see this as an institution which needs a thorough housecleaning; this kind of corruption is only ended by dismantling the instruments of power which allowed it to fester in the first place.

Update: In the comments, reader S.F. points out that the document deals with solicitation and not with sexual activities. If so, then the CBS article is making a broad generalization. However, that still doesn't justify keeping Father Bill's hitting on little Timmy in the confessional a secret. Solicitation is certainly less revolting than child molestation, but with this encouragement of an aura of secrecy around inappropriate behavior, I am not surprised the Church covered up the fondling Fathers of fun for so long.

Full disclosure: I'm a former Catholic, although I thankfully never spent any time with Father Feelgood.

Posted by Andy at 08:55 AM





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