The devil made them do it.

Posted by: kyle585

The devil made them do it. - 04/11/14 01:35 PM

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/europe/pope-francis-begs-forgiveness-evil-sex-abuse-priests-n77861

Pope Francis Begs Forgiveness for 'Evil' Sex Abuse by Priests
By F. Brinley Bruton

Pope Francis sought forgiveness for the "evil" of priests who sexually abused children, addressing head-on an issue Friday that has dogged the Catholic Church for two decades.

"I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil which some priests, quite a few in number, obviously not compared to the number of all the priests, to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children," he said on Vatican Radio.

The pontiff added: "The Church is aware of this damage, it is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the Church, and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we will deal with this problem, and the sanctions that must be imposed. On the contrary, we have to be even stronger. Because you cannot interfere with children."

Critics have long accused the Church of trying to cover up the issue, thus putting young people at risk of sexual abuse for years.

But on March 22, the Pope named a victim of sexual abuse by a priest to be part of a group to help the Catholic Church tackle the issue.

The formation of a group of experts was first announced in December, and the pope last month named the first eight members — four female and four male — from eight different countries.

The commission would look at taking criminal action against offenders, educating people about the exploitation of children, developing best practices to better screen priests, and defining the civil and clerical duties within the Church, Lombardi said.

Among those named to the group was Marie Collins, who was a victim of sexual abuse in Ireland in the 1960s and who has campaigned actively for the protection of children and for justice for victims of clerical pedophilia.

Reuters contributed to this report.
Posted by: Timbo

Re: The devil made them do it. - 04/11/14 06:47 PM


Yep! Sympathy for the devil.
Posted by: VM Smith

Re: The devil made them do it. - 04/13/14 06:27 AM

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Pope Francis sought forgiveness for the "evil" of priests who sexually abused children, addressing head-on an issue Friday that has dogged the Catholic Church for two decades.


The abusers have been criminals and predators, sure, but I first look at them as sick people, and such, perhaps not totally in control of their actions. The ones I view as truly evil are the ones who knew better, and could have done something about the problem long ago, but chose to cover up for them, and to deny that there was a systemic problem.

He ought to beg forgiveness for those people first.

He said "the Church is aware...". If he'd been for forthright, he'd have said "The Church has been aware, for many decades, but we sat on our hands, so as to not harm the franchise...the money was just too good to stop that gravy train for the mere sake of not inflicting permanent harm on thousands of innocent children.".

The Pope's stance, and his promises to deal with the problem, are long overdue, but at least his words indicate that the church has started in the right direction. Finally, perhaps it will act in a Christian, moral manner, instead of just preaching about morality.

Christ would approve. And the ones that covered up for so long?
I wish I believed in Hell, so I could have faith that they're either there, or on their way.

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addressing head-on an issue Friday that has dogged the Catholic Church for two decades.


It's been a big PR problem for two decades, but it's been a known practice in the church for many hundreds of years, and has been known, by decent people, to be disgusting predation for a lot longer than two decades.