AUSTRALIAN CARDINAL ANGERS ABUSE VICTIMS


AUSTRALIAN CARDINAL ANGERS ABUSE VICTIMS

22 August 2014 | by Liz Dodd

From the Link: AUSTRALIAN CARDINAL ANGERS ABUSE VICTIMS

Cardinal George Pell

Cardinal George Pell

Abuse survivors have condemned Australian Cardinal George Pell for suggesting that the Church should not be held responsible for crimes committed by its priests.

Cardinal Pell, who was speaking to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Melbourne via a video link from Rome, suggested that the Church was no more responsible for priests’ crimes than any other organisation was for its employees.

“If the truck driver picks up some lady and then molests her, I don’t think it’s appropriate, because it is contrary to the policy, for the ownership, the leadership of that company to be held responsible. Similarly with the Church and the head of any other organisation. If every precaution has been taken, no warning has been given, it is, I think, not appropriate for legal culpability to be foisted on the authority figure,” he said yesterday.

The Royal Commission is investigating allegations of paedophilia in the Australian Church.

Adults Surviving Child Abuse president Cathy Kezelman called his comments “outrageous”, and said they denied the experience of vicitims, while Nicky Davis, from the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), told ABC radio in Australia that Cardinal Pell had made a “highly offensive” comparison.

“He shows that he really has absolutely no conception of what is appropriate or inappropriate behaviour and what are appropriate or inappropriate things to say to survivors,” she said.

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

Posted on February 24, 2016, in Cardinal George Pell, Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Melbourne and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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