[quote=otm]Part of the problem that cicatholic is having is assuming that information flows freely and rapidly throughout the Church. The Pope, and most of the Cardinals in the Vatican, do not travel much; what travel they do is not likely to elicit much information on what is actually going on. Information tends to stay in small pockets, whether by intent or design, or just simply the fact that with a billion Catholics, there is simply too much information to digest; the result is that a great deal gets filtered out as it moves along.
I don’t think that there was any way the Vatican could have known what exactly was going on in one seminary in Austria. How many seminaries are there world wide? And how often should each one be checked on? And given what was happening there, how likely is it that the information would have gotten to a decision maker who could, let alone would, investigate? And how
likely is it, had someone from Rome (or a Bishop, for that matter) investigated, that they would have even found enough evidence to indicate there was a problem?
Part of the problem with the investigations is that they are usually telegraphed long before anyone shows up; the evidence is hidden, the investigator goes away wondering why the charge was made, and the situation goes back to whatever.
Most of the incidences are relatively isolated, within a small population of priests, nuns, etc. However, the amount of press they now get make it sound as if all are guilty, making it hard to keep any perspective. Please don’t misunderstand; there should be zero tollerance. But the sky is not falling, in spite of the press warnings.
Perhaps you need to do a little research. Start at the Latern Councils hundreds of years ago, the popes were already aware of the abuse of pilgrims by the monks.
As for the little world of the vatican, they had approved of the US settlements , in the $millions at least 10 years ago and most likely approved of others earlier.
Don’t you think that Rome sees the $100,000,000.00’s that were spent before the crisis erupted into the public eye in Boston?
You don’t think that any victim of abuse wrote to the vatican and asked for help?
Sticking our heads in the sand and pretending that hundreds of bishops could be transferring abusers from parish to parish, dioceses to diocese and country to country and avoid any notion of the abuse getting to the Vatican is just total foolishness.
The vatican acts to excommunicate a bunch of noncatholics who ordain women in a matter of days and it takes centuries for them to act on abuse?
All the excuses that are used to protect rome by ardent supporters of the church are never used by rome, why? Has anybody in the Vatican ever said that they did not know what was happening?
I admire the fact that poeple want to support the church and its leaders, unfortunately our leaders do not deserve our support when it comes to this issue.
In a perverse way, the biggest abuse is being perpertrated by the leadership of our church, they have allowed thousands of additional abuse victims and while they profess to be pro-life, their inactions have led to more than one suicide.
It is shamefull how they have let peoples lives be destroyed and it is pitifull that they have the gumption to continue to insist that they do these things in Jesus’ name.