The Catholic Church. No, they didn’t create child molestation, they just made it an art form.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Sexual abuse of children is not just a Catholic Church problem and other institutions should take steps to acknowledge and deal with such “wickedness” within their own ranks, the Vatican said on Tuesday.
The Vatican’s chief spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, also said the record $660 million settlement between the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and victims of sexual abuse was an attempt to “close a painful chapter and look forward.”
“The Church is above all clearly pained by the suffering of the victims and their families, by the deep wounds caused by the grave and inexcusable behavior of some of its members,” Lombardi said.
“It has decided to commit itself in every way to avoid a repetition of such wickedness,” he said, adding that the Church now had a “a policy of prevention and creation of an ever more secure atmosphere for children and young people in all aspects of (its) pastoral programs.”
Lombardi reaffirmed a position taken by other Catholic Church leaders in the past — that other organized religions and institutions should also deal with paedophilia as publicly as the Catholic Church has been forced to by various scandals.
“The problem of the abuse of childhood and its adequate protection certainly does not regard only the (Catholic) Church, but also many other institutions and it is right that these take the necessary decisions as well,” he said.
Lombardi said the Church was aware of its educational responsibilities to youth and intended to be “a protagonist in the struggle against paedophilia,” which he said was on the rise worldwide.
So if you’ve been molested by a Catholic priest, remember, other kids have been molested by people that aren’t Catholic priests.
Now get back to tithing.