Question by Aniruddha K: After record lawsuit settlement in the US, church sexual abuse scandals are emerging from Europe? Any hopes?
The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph this week agreed to pay an Independence man $ 225,000, its biggest settlement ever in a case of alleged priest sexual abuse.
The Diocese of San Diego and the Diocese of San Bernardino, which broke off from its southern neighbor in 1978, agreed Sept. 7 to pay $ 198.1 million to settle lawsuits with 144 victims of sexual abuse by priests between 1938 and 1993.
In July 2007 Los Angeles archdiocese agrees to pay $ 660 million to 508 victims in what is by far the largest Catholic settlement of its kind
During the pope’s trip to Austria when it was still reeling from a sex abuse scandal that caused the resignations of Vienna’s archbishop in 1995 and the closure of a seminary near Vienna in 2004, after some 40,000 pornographic photographs were discovered on computers there.
Are these the values we aim to give our children and what sort of citizens can we expect them to be? Do we have to succumb to this organised ring of abuse?
Answer by FRAGINAL-NOYPI The grant of compensation for sexual lawsuits against priests will open floodgates of many cases against priests even when not supported with evidence but only to harass the Church to pay to eliminate bad publicity.
Question by curious tom: why are other church abuse cases NOT reported with the same zeal as the Catholic scandals from YEARS ago?
FOX news claims to be fair and balanced, MSNBC claims they report the news, Yet it appears no major network is reporting and now the attacts on the Pope and the Catholics appears to be nothing more than Catholic bashing now. Sex, Physical, and Mental Abuse is never right and the Catholic Church had as much admitted that. But what about the other organizations, private and public, schools and detention facilities. etc.
Answer by imacatholic2 In his column detailing the Media’s feeding frenzy on the Catholic Church, George Weigel states:
For the narrative that has been constructed is often less about the protection of the young (for whom the Catholic Church is, by empirical measure, the safest environment for young people in America today) than it is about taking the Church down—and, eventually, out, both financially and as a credible voice in the public debate over public policy. For if the Church is a global criminal conspiracy of sexual abusers and their protectors, then the Catholic Church has no claim to a place at the table of public moral argument.
In recent months the Catholic Church has been rocked by scandal. After widespread accusations of child abuse by priests in Ireland, similar claims have begun emerging from other European nations including Austria and the Netherlands. Now criticism in Germany is intensifying especially after the revelations that the current Popes’ brother Georg Ratzinger knew about mistreatment of children in his Choir, although he claims no knowledge of sexual abuses. Video Rating: 4 / 5