ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCHCLAIMS CHILD ABUSE RECORD

A Roman Catholic priest in Germany has admitted to 280 counts of sexually abusing three boys over a several-year period. The 46-year-old priest, who has been suspended, went on trial Thursday at the state court in Braunschweig. The dapd news agency reported that he showed no remorse.

Ye gods! How are they going to spin this one?

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ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCHCLAIMS CHILD ABUSE RECORD — 14 Comments

  1. Let me see if I can write the news release for the bishop:

    The diocese is deeply aware of the pain caused by a single individual who, even though he was a gay person, was able to pass our ordination process. We have subsequently repaired that process so that the faithful can be sure that all of “the gays” have been removed.

    How did I do?

    FWIW
    jimB

  2. The telling truth to me from the BBC story is this:

    ‘When asked in court if he [Fr. Andraes] was a paedophile, he replied, according to local newspaper Braunschweiger Zeitung: “It would be wrong to say No but to say Yes would also fall short of the truth.”…When a prosecutor asked him in court if he thought a “father would do this to his children”, he was silent.’

    Vatican double-speak about paedophilia may cast a cloud on the charges, but it won’t absolve you of your own guilt, my dear father.

  3. Germany, huh? Age 46? Makes you wonder if, as a seminarian, he knew (perhaps Biblically) a certain Bishop/Cardinal Ratzinger… }-X

  4. IT, I am absolutely stunned that soon-to-be Cardinal Dolan in NYC had the gall to post that diatribe from Bill Donahue and to praise it. That is beyond “tin ear” and bordering on psychosis I would think. Added to MP’s post it presents one horrible portrait of the RCC. Circle the wagons, protect the hierarchy, victims be damned! This truly stands a good chance of bringing down the western RCC forever I believe. May God have mercy!

  5. I think the German and Dutch Roman Catholic Church will distance itself from Rome, if not actually split from Rome, within the next year or so. We will (hopefully) go back to the pre-Christendom situation with national Catholic churches having far more autonomy. Benedict’s plan to centralize power is going to back fire on him and he will end up driving his more enlightened provinces away from Rome.

  6. Benedict’s plan to centralize power is going to back fire on him and he will end up driving his more enlightened provinces away from Rome.

    Hmmm, sounds familiar?