There has been another mealy-mouthed apology from Pope Ratz. Another apology without acceptance of either liability or accountability.
Satan wasn’t mentioned but the Vatican has already indicated that he is implicated. Otherwise, how could the Vatican possibly accept the well-established fact that Catholic priests have been buggering children for several hundred years. It seems that “vulnerable” priests succumbed to Satan while god wasn’t looking.
Below is the latest apology offered and recited by the pope. The apology offered was for the “little ones” with the addendum of a rather ambitious promise that “such abuse will never happen again.” Such extravagant words seem to imply that Satan has been defeated so, in effect none of us need worry.
Pope Ratz has tamed Satan. Job done.
These are the words spoken by Ratz during last Friday’s mass which was attended by about 15,000 priests who were marking the end of the Roman Catholic Year for Priests.
“We, too, insistently beg forgiveness from god and from the persons involved, while promising to do everything possible to ensure that such abuse will never occur again…………In admitting men to priestly ministry and in their formation we will do everything we can to weigh the authenticity of their vocation and make every effort to accompany priests along their journey,” pledged 83-year-old man of the world and geriatric virgin, Pope Ratz.
“Accompany priests along their journey”? It always helps if you have someone alongside to hold your cassock – prevents it from becoming too creased.
No-one has yet put-forward any indication how the Catholic church intends to weed-out any paedophiles or rapists during the priest-selection process. Young men who attend a church school, followed by a seminary are unlikely to be assessed accurately before they celebrate their first mass and are then let loose into communities containing all that irresistible soft young flesh.
You never know. There have been occasions when that Satan has shown himself to be a pretty crafty customer and theoretically could put temptation before them.
This is said to be the pope’s most direct apology for the many thousands of cases of clerical abuse. However, surely it would put everyone’s mind at rest if the Vatican told us what the problem is. Is it a poor selection process? Is it the unnatural state of celibacy? Perhaps a predilection to homosexual paedophilia is compulsory?
Whatever the problem is, it is time for the Catholic church to acknowledge it. Otherwise, it will continue to treat the symptom and not the root cause.
Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) have said that they aren’t buying the latest apology.
“We’ve heard apologies over and over again. It’s not a credible apology until you’re willing to do something about it,” said SNAP coordinator Peter Pollard.
SNAP says they want to see more responsibility from the Catholic hierarchy.
“Accountability helps a lot, when someone is accountable it’s a lot easier to forgive,” Pollard said.
Meanwhile a Catholic spokesman has said, “We agree words aren’t enough and that’s why the Catholic church has put in comprehensive programes to make sure abuse doesn’t happen again.”
However, the Vatican has not indicated what those “programmes” are. Furthermore, the Vatican, Pope Ratz and his band of men in dresses and pointy hats need to let us know how many perverts are still celebrating mass every Sunday. Perhaps a register of priests who have offended would be a good start. A sex offenders’ register is good enough for the laity – let’s have one for the priesthood. The United States has Megan’s Law, the United Kingdom has Sarah’s Law, so why not a Benedict’s Law?
Whatever the effect of the Pope’s words, some Catholics are hoping they’ll at least see some action. One would have thought that by now, the pope and the Vatican would have already received some sort of word or guidance from their god. They have to understand that the Catholic hierarchy cannot be allowed to continue to lurch from inquiry to inquiry whilst young children continue to be molested and screwed senseless by institutional depravity supported by management misinformation and intransigence.
The general consensus seems to be that something needs to be done and it needs to be done NOW.