Pope Francis Absolves 2,000 Pedophile Priests – “No Arrests Necessary”

Pope Francis has come under fire after announcing that over 2,000 pedophile priests will not face criminal prosecution and may be absolved by the Vatican for their heinous crimes.

Pope Francis has come under fire after announcing that over 2,000 pedophile priests will not face criminal prosecution and may be absolved by the Vatican for their heinous crimes. 

Speaking to reporters aboard the Papal plane on Saturday, Francis responded to criticism leveled at the Vatican’s handling of sex abuse cases by Marie Collins – an Irish child abuse survivor who resigned from Francis’ internal sex abuse advisory commission in March.

According to Fox News, Pope Francis acknowledged that the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and says criticism of the slow pace was justified. But he says more staff are being added and insists the Vatican is ‘on the right path.’

In this instance, “on the right path” likely means “we’re going to do nothing about it.”  The Church has a long and dark history of covering up pedophilia cases and protecting priests caught raping children. Earlier in May, the Vatican also come under fire for forgiving a priest who admitted to raping 30 young children, infecting them with the HIV virus.

Thefreethoughtproject.com reports: It’s safe to say, with the departure of one of the leading figures comprising the advisory board, that the Catholic church is stalling. Instead of taking down the pedophiles, and turning them over to authorities for prosecution, they’re simply content on maintaining a 2,000 case backlog.

The church’s inaction on pedophilia may signal to some critics as well as survivors of pedophile priest abuses, that the emotional development of its children is of little concern to the church, who some have said are protecting pedophiles instead of rooting them out from among their ranks.

It’s unclear if the latest revelations that the church is still doing nothing will further drive Catholic Church members into Evangelical abuse and Protestant churches, but in our opinion, doing nothing about the backlog is just as bad as pedophilia itself.

As the Free Thought Project previously reported, this scandal has long affected the Catholic church. In 2014, Pope Francis admitted that “about two percent” or 1 in 50 Roman Catholic priests are pedophiles. He then promised solutions to the history of the church essentially condoning the horrid practice. However, it appears that his solution is to sweep it under the rug.

According to a report out of the AP, Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope’s own advisers question.

One of the child molesting priests given clemency by the Pope was later arrested and sentenced to more than four years in jail for abusing multiple boys aged 12-16. The Rev. Mauro Inzoli is now facing a second church trial after new evidence emerged against him, according to the AP.

It is no secret that the Vatican has been sweeping the issue of pedophilia under the rug for many years. In 2014, the UN issued a scathing report, blasting the Vatican for protecting pedophiles.

The U.N. committee’s main human rights investigator, Sara Oviedo, led the most intense grilling the Holy See has received on the issue, according to a report by The Associated Press.

Given the “zero tolerance” policy of the Vatican, she asked, why were there “efforts to cover up and obscure these types of cases?”

Another committee member, psychologist Maria Rita Parsi, added: “If these events continue to be hidden and covered up, to what extent will children be affected?”

One such event that was covered up by the Vatican and the Western media at large was the reverend Gino Flaim, who claimed to “understand pedophilia” and said it’s caused by the child’s attempt to find affection.

He told Italy’s La7 television channel, “I’ve been to lots of schools, and I know children. Unfortunately, there are children who seek affection because they don’t receive it at home and I understand that some priests can give up. Pedophilia is a sin, and like all sins has to be accepted.”

When the interviewer asked Flaim, “So, you actually mean that most of the time it’s because of the kid’s fault?”

Flaim responded by saying, “Yes, most of the time.”

After condoning pedophilia and blaming it on the child, this holy man went on to bash homosexuality, calling it a “disease.”

Many canon lawyers and church authorities argue that defrocking pedophiles can put society at greater risk because the church no longer exerts any control over them. They argue that keeping the men in restricted ministry, away from children, at least enables superiors to exert some degree of supervision.

However, as the case of Rev. Mauro Inzoli illustrates, these people need to be locked up.

In November, an Italian criminal judge showed little mercy in convicting Inzoli of abusing five children, aged 12-16, and sentencing him to four years, nine months in prison. The judge said Inzoli had a number of other victims but their cases fell outside the statute of limitations, according to the AP.

With pedophilia scandals rocking the elite right now, is it that surprising to learn that the Pope is attempting to downplay the church’s role in the horrific practice?

As the AP reports, Francis scrapped the commission’s proposed tribunal for bishops who botch abuse cases following legal objections from the congregation. The commission’s other major initiative — a guideline template to help dioceses develop policies to fight abuse and safeguard children — is gathering dust. The Vatican never sent the template to bishops’ conferences, as the commission had sought, or even linked it to its main abuse-resource website.

  • https://gab.ai/HWR HWR

    This is what a disciple of Lucifer does.

    The whore of Babylon indeed.

  • Black Swan

    Mandatory Castration is the minimum that should be performed by Vatican certified technicians to put the Genetically Defective Sick’os out of their misery.

    • Barbara Margaret

      Then castrate the entire membership of NAMBLA. And every man who has sex with a minor female.
      Didn’t Bill Clinton fly the “Lolita Express” to meet up with young girls for sex?
      Google it. Then call for HIS castration, if you want credibility on this issue.

  • John C Carleton

    Maybe he is afraid that the prosecution of pedophile priest would reach the head pedophile.

  • John C Carlton

    By the head people I meant the head job people basically people like myself. We are a funny lot us Carlton types. Sometimes I don’t like to use an “e” in my name by the way.

    • dandeecreme1 .

      This sentence made no more sense than your first. But keep trying, its what we say to illeterates all the time.

    • dandeecreme1 .

      This sentence made no more sense than your first. But keep trying, it’s what we say to illiterates all the time.

  • Frank C

    I cannot find the words to describe the corruption of this organisation.

  • TxPatriot53

    It just shows satan is everywhere and there is a pope not willing to fight him.

    • Rich Schaum

      The pope is Satan’s friend doing his bidding

    • dandeecreme1 .

      Your comment demonstrates that you don’t know how to read.

      • Barbara Margaret

        I have a PhD. I can read and write and even chew gum at the same time.

        • jackandjill98983*

          PHD = piled higher and drier.

          • Barbara Margaret

            Very true of liberal arts degrees!
            But my degree is in science: microbiology. My papers have been presented and well-received in international forums.
            And your qualifications are….?

            By the way, it’s “piled higher and DEEPER.” You can’t even get that right.

    • Barbara Margaret

      Half right: Satan IS everywhere. And he us most interested in attacking the Church.

    • Barbara Margaret

      He is fighting it. JPII, Benedict and Francis have all worked hard to clean this mess up.
      It was terrible. Horrendous. But it is being rectified.

  • mary

    john may God willing this could happen the fact that the biggest monster of all time can forgive 2ooo so called revererends,tells you exactly what he is,the biggest SICKO of all time

    • Phil

      What? The headline is outrageously misleading. Read the article. He hasn’t “absolved” one pedophile, let alone 2000. What he said was admitted there was a problem, they had a backlog of 2000 cases which they had been dealing with “too slowly” therefore the Vatican are employing more staff to deal with these cases.

      • melizer

        IT ISN’T UP TO THEM

        • anne70

          Indeed , When muslims (in western countries) say we follow the sharia! We all comment so much but when the Vatican does it’s alright? Both are wrong! We all have to follow the law.
          (If my grammar or spelling is not correct forgive me , English is not the language i regular use 🙂 )

  • Rich Schaum

    Instead of hiding this from the public, we should public hanging for these catholic baby rapers.

    • dandeecreme1 .

      ……and we can start with hanging people who can’t write a coherent sentence.

      • Hapi ♪♫♬

        This is a story about pedophiles getting off scott free and you give a damn about reading the perfect comment?

        • dandeecreme1 .

          My comment wasn’t aimed at the story, my comment was aimed at a guy who wants to publicly hang 2,000 people. His remark was hyperbole, I thought the least he could do was make it in a coherent way.

          • melizer

            Not hyperbole at all, I want to see it tomorrow. Go ahead and accidentally leave a word or two out all you want

        • Valerie Finnigan

          It’s actually a lie about pedophiles getting off scot free.

          • Hapi ♪♫♬

            Oh, so now the catholics haven’t been raping kids for centuries? Right…

  • Ludwig Weber

    Christianity… the religion of Satan.

    • Aidan Brexit

      That’s Judaism mate.

      • Andy Campbell

        Nah, that`s ALL religions. The scourge of the fuckin earth. Made up mumbo jumbo shit and it`s great for taking the few pennies off the poor that they could least afford to lose. Fuck ALL religions.

      • Valerie Finnigan

        Anti-Semites are just as bad as anti-Catholics. Many of history’s most evil people were both.

    • melizer

      Don’t insult Satan, he’s the hero of that story

  • y. Iamu

    Why did the Pope resign.
    “In 2014, the UN issued a scathing report, blasting the Vatican for protecting pedophiles”. This was a long time coming.
    In 2013 the Vatican knew the UN was doing the report and it also knew the cases of pedophilia were coming up in court. That is why we had the first ever case of a Pope resigning. Pope Benedict XV said he did it for the good of the Church & in obedience to God. That is partly true. He and the Vatican tried to say it was because of his health but before his election all contenders for Papacy is given a fastidious health check to make sure he is a lasting Pope and their was No sign of I’ll health then or is their now.
    Pope Benedict XV before becoming the Pope was in charge of moving recalcitrant pedophile Preists. Not removing them but moving them so they wouldn’t be an embarrassment to the Vatican. He did that by placing them into poor parishes where the people had no power to complain and have their complaints addressed. He and the Vatican knew he would be embroiled in the pedophile trials and could not have his participation in the investigation magnified. This would have brought the crime of pedophilia and concealing it right to the absolute top of the Catholic Church.
    Where is Pope Benedict XV now?

    • Barbara Margaret

      Not the first resignation.

    • Beachbound

      You want scandal? Look up what goes on in the public school system. A study commissioned by the federal government demonstrated public school employees molest at a rate 100, yes 100, times more often than priests. Now quick, tell me when a principal, school board member, chancellor, or Secretary of Education was prosecuted. Too hard? Okay, how about the rubber rooms that were used in big cities (especially) where teachers, deemed “too dangerous” to be in contact with students were located. Let me help. They were in school district offices. The employee would report every day, earn full pay, raises. leave credits and retirement benefits. Or they get to stay home. Nice. The districts still hide and move employees. Hit a search engine once in awhile.The Hofstra study, BTW, has never been refuted, some 16 years after it was first published. Just sayin’

      • y. Iamu

        Beachbound
        I was simply replying to this article which is about the pope and pedaphile preists. I don’t doubt pedophile are infiltrating many areas where the are able to find vulnerable children but that does not excuse the church. In fact the church is deemed to be worse because of the self righteous holier than though position they take. All pedophiles need to be brought to justice as well as anyone who covers for them.

        • Beachbound

          First of all, the article was bogus, fake, false, phony. The church was treated more harshly because the secular world needed a diversion from the real problem in our public schools. Self righteous, oh brother. The media played ad nauseam reports of molestation and the horrors of the scandal. Public officials tailored laws to prosecute and persecute religious organizations while allowing public schools off the hook. As I said, tell me the name of any public official, appointed or elected, city, county, state or federal, who was sued for hiding a predatory teacher. Then give me the name/details of the county/state/federal settlements for the class action lawsuit settlements. I’ll wait.

          • y. Iamu

            It’s hard to debate with a singularity. It seems you want to protect the pedophiles in the Catholic Church or at the very least divert the subject of the wrong doing of the church to some other disgusting pedophiles. Just because someone else molested children doesn’t make the church right in doing so. Don’t defend them.
            I noticed you didn’t attempt to claim I was wrong about Pope Benedict not only knowing about the pedophile problem and concealing it but had been in charge of moving the disgusting offenders to poor parishes where the people of the parish had no voice to complain. Not sacking them and reporting them to the police immediately. No instead you tried to divert the conversation and went on a rant about others not being charged.
            I don’t know who you think you are demanding I do your homework for you but I have news for you I’m not your personal secretary if you want the name of any public official, appointed or elected, city, county, state or federal, who was sued for hiding a predatory teacher or the name/details of the county/state/federal settlements for the class action lawsuit settlements find them yourself. Asking for a list is a pathetic way to avoid my comments. This is about the predatory nature of people who were suppose to be giving religious guidance. Eg. The Catholic Church.
            All pedophile are low slimy scum wherever they are. As I said don’t try to defend pedophiles or the church for hiding them.

          • Beachbound

            You seem fixated on one group over another. Re: Benedict. Not a member of the brain trust, eh? One cannot prove a negative. Mine is hardly a rant. It is a cogent exposition of facts. Please highlight where I defended any legally convicted molester. I do not use your term because you do so erroneously. The request for a list of any public officials who have been sued was rhetorical. There has not been even a singular episode of a board member, chancellor, Secretary, or principal successfully litigated against. Sadly, your lack of ability to grasp even rudimentary facets of scholastic argument is painful.

          • y. Iamu

            Your answer reminds me of the clergy. You pretend to be so high and mighty, above the riff raff of normal society when in fact you are a scared little man trying desperately not to be found out. I can only imagine you are very closely involved with the church. Your insults are of no consequence to me as I know who I am and am particularly happy with my achievements. The fact you again return to your rant about others not being charged firstly claiming it was a rhetorical question yet then trying enforce the claim again is further proof of your inability to take part in a simple debate. If it was a rhetorical question you should not have pointed out that I did not answer it. The answer should not have been asked for again in your second reply.
            It has annoyed you considerably that I didn’t take any notice of your attempt to deflect what the church has done instead you went off onto a tangent about others. You must have a memory problem also because my post that you were commenting on simply and correctly stated Ratsinnger (Benedict) knew about the pedophiles and it was his job to move them to safety. A job he did particularly well. You conveniently ignored that instead of saying “YES that was terrible and a sin”. You chose to deflect and use the childish tactics of “yes but he did it too”. Quite pathetic.
            While your desperately thinking of whether you should reply and continue your embarrassment I’ve included a little reading for you.
            http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3799005/Catholic-Church-ACQUITS-Mexican-priest-admitted-raping-30-young-girls-knew-infected-HIV.html

          • Beachbound

            When you can put a coherent thought together, let me know, until then, how about getting a new ID or stop posting altogether. Cheers.

          • y. Iamu

            Came a little too close to the truth for you? I understand why you wouldn’t want to continue embarrassing yourself. Run along now.

          • Beachbound

            I’m still waiting for a cohesive thought from you. I’ll check back in a day or two. Presumably you will have found someone to assist you by then. Cheers.

          • y. Iamu

            Everyone else can understand what I’ve written. Its not a problem of cohesive thoughts its more of a problem that you don’t address the post but continue to get stuck on your failed defence of Chatholic preists. If you are claiming you can’t understand my posts I will give you a pass and put it down to you being in over your depth. If you remember you are the one that was commenting on my post. Trying to deflect blame from the Catholic Church and the pedophile priests yet you didn’t address my comment. I would take it from here that you are either a defender of the Catholic Church like I said earlier or you are simply a troll that thinks pedophilia is funny.

      • Barbara Margaret

        Thank you very much for this reminder!
        Btw, Anyone have a problem with gay scoutmasters taking little boys camping in the woods?

    • y. Iamu

      NO.
      The point being the pope resigned or was more likely forced to resign because of the part he played in protecting and hiding pedophile preists on behalf of the Catholic Church. The last thing the Vatican wanted is for the hierarchy of the church to be put on the witness stand and have to lie to shield these disgusting human beings. It may have also come to the point of the pope being charge with perverting the course of justice. Not a good look for the church.
      Whether he was the only one to resign or if someone as far back as 1415 resigned is inconsequential.

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    Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

    New Living Translation
    But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”

    English Standard Version
    but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

    Berean Study Bible
    But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

    Berean Literal Bible
    But Jesus said, “Permit the little children, and do not forbid them to come to Me, for of such is the kingdom of the heavens.”

    New American Standard Bible
    But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

    King James Bible
    But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

    Holman Christian Standard Bible
    Then Jesus said, “Leave the children alone, and don’t try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this.”

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    Jesus, however, said, “Let the little children come to me, and stop keeping them away, because the kingdom from heaven belongs to people like these.”

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    But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

    New Heart English Bible
    But Jesus said, “Allow the little children, and do not forbid them to come to me; for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to ones like these.”

    Aramaic Bible in Plain English
    But Yeshua said to them, “Let the children come to me and do not forbid them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”

    GOD’S WORD® Translation
    Jesus said, “Don’t stop children from coming to me! Children like these are part of the kingdom of God.”

    New American Standard 1977
    But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

    Jubilee Bible 2000
    But Jesus said, Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of the heavens.

    King James 2000 Bible
    But Jesus said, Allow little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

    American King James Version
    But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come to me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

    American Standard Version
    But Jesus said, Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for to such belongeth the kingdom of heaven.

    Douay-Rheims Bible
    But Jesus said to them: Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come to me: for the kingdom of heaven is for such.

    Darby Bible Translation
    But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and do not hinder them from coming to me; for the kingdom of the heavens is of such:

    English Revised Version
    But Jesus said, Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

    Webster’s Bible Translation
    But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come to me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

    Weymouth New Testament
    Jesus however said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them; for it is to those who are childlike that the Kingdom of the Heavens belongs.”

    World English Bible
    But Jesus said, “Allow the little children, and don’t forbid them to come to me; for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to ones like these.”

    Young’s Literal Translation
    But Jesus said, ‘Suffer the children, and forbid them not, to come unto me, for of such is the reign of the heavens;’
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    Matthew Henry Commentary
    19:13-15 It is well when we come to Christ ourselves, and bring our children. Little children may be brought to Christ as needing, and being capable of receiving blessings from him, and having an interest in his intercession. We can but beg a blessing for them: Christ only can command the blessing. It is well for us, that Christ has more love and tenderness in him than the best of his disciples have. And let us learn of him not to discountenance any willing, well-meaning souls, in their seeking after Christ, though they are but weak. Those who are given to Christ, as part of his purchase, he will in no wise cast out. Therefore he takes it ill of all who forbid, and try to shut out those whom he has received. And all Christians should bring their children to the Saviour that he may bless them with spiritual blessings.
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    Jesus Blesses the Children
    13Then the little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them; and the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them! For the kingdom of heaven” belongs to such as these. 15And after He had placed His hands on them, He went on from there.…
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    Matthew 5:3
    “Blessed are the poor in the spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Matthew 5:10
    Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Matthew 18:3
    “Truly I tell you,” He said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

    Matthew 19:15
    And after He had placed His hands on them, He went on from there.

    Mark 10:15
    Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

    Luke 18:17
    Truly I tell you, if anyone does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child, he will never enter it.”

    1 Corinthians 14:20
    Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be mature.

    1 Peter 2:2
    Like newborn infants, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
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  • Eleanor Howard

    I thought Francis had more sense. I was wrong!

  • L Garou

    They all do it. Religious, fake religious and non-religious alike.
    They all excuse themselves of many wrong things.

  • Aidan Brexit

    The orthodox community of Jews handles its epidemic of Rabbi rape in closed fashion even worse yet there’s no outcry.

    I won the mention Protestant pastors who rape kids at a 40:1 higher rate than priests. Just witch hunting and bias.

    • dandeecreme1 .

      Maybe you could try again. Your comment is indicative of the piss poor education you received.

      • Rachel

        Dandeecreme1 stop being a grammar Nazi & get with the program. I’m sure you’ve been a victim of ‘spell check’ at least once before, not to mention some people (whose first language is not English) use an imperfect translator engine. Anyone who has had a decent education, would realize how utterly trivial your gripe is. Now please try to stay on task…can you do that? 😉

        • dandeecreme1 .

          Rachel, I can do that.

    • Andy Campbell

      What a slavering cunt you are

  • Joseph Chiara

    He has been covering up for many decades.. probably one himself. Disgusting man.

  • Dave Rivera

    He might think he can excuse them from what was hidden from man, BUT!! They still hAve to face the great councillor, Jesus!! He’s gna call them broad of ciphers turn from He!

    • Dean Camilleri

      I see so your pretend god first let’s priests rape and infect kids with HIV and later on says “hmmm you’ve been a naughty priest! but as you’ve said a few hail Marys let’s call it even”

    • melizer

      Would YOU stand by and let children be raped repeatedly? If not, you’re better than your god. Congratulations.

  • Brett Ellis

    We have to ask the question, How can we trust that Catholic schools are safe for children? If the church is more interested in covering up the crimes then how are we to know that a child in those schools are safe? How would we know if a priest is raping a child at this very moment?

    I have a cousin who is considering sending his son to a Catholic school rather than a public one. I cannot express how sickening that is to me, that a parent would put their own child in harm’s way by placing them in an environment where pedophiles are protected and children are not.

    • Barbara Margaret

      1. In the US, the bishops now have zero tolerance policies in effect, not just for priests but for any of us in any church ministry. No need for a Vatican policy.
      2. Nothing is stopping the victims, their families or civil authorities from pressing charges.
      3. The rate of gay pedophilia among priests is comparable to or even less than that in other positions of trust, such as athletic coaches, teachers, ministers, etc.
      4. Every sinner who repents receives the mercy of Christ.
      However, it is medically documented that it is notoriously difficult to change the behaviors of gay pedophiles.
      5. Those in authority in the Church who have protected pefophile priests should be rigorously prosecuted in the courts.

      • Brett Ellis

        1) there has still been no prosecutions of priests revealed by the church. Therefore it is safe to assume that they are continuing to protect them, and to suppress the victims.

        2) The manipulation of the church stops the victims, the landslide of legislation and the vilification of the victims is what stops them. It is criminally ignorant to make this statement.

        3) show me the data that supports that unfounded lie. Over decades psychologists have determined that 6% of priests act out sexually with children. Show me the study that has found the equal in other professions. I double dog dare you.

        4) Jeffery Dahmer repented after raping and eating 17 people. I do not give a fuck what your dear and fluffy lord promises, they raped children, they deserve to rot. Making excuses for them in the name of some fictional nailed god is beneath every thinking human and an insult to those children.

        5) It doesn’t matter what you think should happen, what matters is what has happened and the failure of the Catholic Church to allow their pedophiles to be prosecuted. As far as I am concerned it’s long past time to frog march the whole lot.

        BTW, you conveniently forget that the US taxpayer subsidized the entire practice because they enjoy tax exempt status. Live with that, your tax dollars paid for priests to rape children.

        • Barbara Margaret

          I do not appreciate your crude blasphemy of God and the Church.
          I definitely do NOT CONDONE or whitewash the abuse. No way. No how.
          But the Catholic Church has reformed in this matter.
          Through the ages, the Catholic Church has had its problems, but corrects them. It has also been a very great force for good: hospitals are Catholic inventions, as is education for the common man and the poor.
          The Catholic Church is the single largest charitable organization in history, and in addition millions of Catholics contribute billions in volunteer time and in money to other organizations and in personal charity.
          Most priests labor selflessly for the good of others, unsung heroes. It is blatently unfair to paint them all as abusers. It just isn’t so.
          You want stats n info?!
          I “double dog dare you” to read REDISCOVER CATHOLICISM by Matthew Kelly.

          • Brett Ellis

            I couldn’t care less about what you appreciate or don’t. Blasphemy is a term to balm the butt hurt religious people feel when confronted by the reality of their immoral and fictional mythologies.

            Tell me, for hundreds of years the Catholic Church was the largest terrorist organization on the planet. They burned women like you and atheists like me. Tortured and raped people by the thousands. If someone who had committed all those crimes came to you and tried to say they were good because of the few things they did after the rape and torture, would you still be willing to accept them into your life?

            Even the current incarnation of the church is an abomination. Thousands of children abused, hundreds of them murdered by nuns within my lifetime (and then buried in septic tanks in Ireland, no prosecution).

            The charitable work you exclaim as the good of the church is undone by the cruelty they still exact against everyone from unwed mothers to the LGBT community.

            How dare you attempt to whitewash the horrific effect Catholicism has had in Sub-Saharan Africa where they prohibit condoms! How dare you suggest that this organization of hate that has subjugated people for centuries is some sort of “force for good”?

            That is as intellectually insulting as a Muslim claiming Islam is “a religion of peace”.

            As for Matthew Kelly, I am not going to dignify that suggestion with anything other than scorn. This deliberately ignorant Australian who claims to have heard the “word of god” is delusional.

            Are you really that gullible? Are you really willing to buy anything these con artists tell you?

            I don’t know why it still surprises me how foolish and wrong sheep can be. There is nothing noble, true, or even moral about being a Catholic. You should really stop, both for your sake, and that of your family.

            Try being an atheist for a while, you will find more clarity, truth, beauty, and purpose than Catholicism could ever offer. Without the child rapists.

          • Barbara Margaret

            Burning women? Burying children? Unsubstantiated bs. Nice try, tho.
            You atheists take the prize for atrocities that ARE documented.
            Ever hear of Joseph Stalin? Adolph Hitler? Joseph Mengele?
            Mao tse Dung? Che ? Fidel? Heard of the Russian gulag?!
            Seen any muslim be
            headings lately? Throwing gays off the roof?
            Ya talk about torturing women: do you know about female genital mutilation, performed on little girls for their future husband’s satisfaction?!

          • Brett Ellis

            ADOLF HITLER was a CATHOLIC! He was born a Catholic, he was raised a Catholic, he had “Gott Mit Uns” or “God is with us” inscribed on the belt buckles of his Nazi uniforms, the first treaty the Nazi’s signed was with the Vatican, and even up to today the Catholic Church holds billions of dollars of stolen money from the Nazis. Why do you think they targeted Jews? He says exactly why in his autobiography, because of the percieved slight against Jesus Christ.

          • Barbara Margaret

            Nope. Hitler renounced his Catholic faith.
            He was not avenging the death of Jesus. He wanted a pure Arian race! He thought the Jews subhuman.
            The God slogan was in effect, camouflage, an attempt at hiding the truth of his “final solution.”

          • Brett Ellis

            You realize of course that god did not define life as beginning until he “breathed life” into Adam. That’s in Genesis 2:7:

            “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

            So none of those fetuses where alive according to the bible, they had not drawn breath. The viability argument that is the legal basis for the definition of life is very similar, that life does not begin until the fetus can survive outside the woman’s body.

            Seems you are of the cafeteria catholic variety, either that or you are ignorant of your own scriptures. Either way you are in violation of god’s law by defining life as beginning before god intended. If he is a perfect being, then this is his perfect word and you can stop worrying about abortion.

            You see, atheists often know more about the bible than the cafeteria catholics who claim to have read it.

          • Barbara Margaret

            And you realize of course that Adam was not conceived in a woman’s womb and gestated for nine months, right?!
            You do realize that 18 days post conception, the preborn child has a beating heart, a common medical indication of life, right.
            Fechnically, from a physiological standpoint, breathing with lungs is a mete mechanical function. Actual respiration occurs in individual cells, where the oxygen molecules transported into the mitochondria enter into a series of reactions that “burn” carbohydrate fuel to produce energy, giving off water and carbon dioxide.
            And it is a common old saying that, “even the devil can quote Scripture to his own advantage”
            Try: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” For starters. Then there’s deuteronomy: “I set before you death and life. Choose life, that you and your descendants may live.”

          • Valerie Finnigan

            Right, he was so Catholic, he murdered his fellow Catholics by the thousands, emptied out convents and turned them into brothels, closed down schools, drove seminaries underground, and even had a special barracks at Dachau for the imprisonment and starvation of priests. Real devout.

            You’d also know that he had no qualms about telling any lie in order to advance his evil little pet cause. He targeted Jews mainly because they made convenient scapegoats to blame for all of Germany’s woes. He lied about having any particular religious reason to do so. And that’s not even mentioning the obvious fact that Jesus was a Jew.

            If you’ve read any of the writings of Hitler and his henchmen, you’d have known that the destruction of the Church along with every other religious institution was part of a plan to replace all religion with a combination of Odinism, practices borrowed from The Golden Dawn, and worship of the state.

          • Brett Ellis

            So now you are pulling these ideas straight out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? What next, Thor and Odin? I know the first Captain America movie was fun, but it is not based on actual history.

            Also, I am not saying that the Jews perceived betrayal was the only reason for the brutal treatment, they were the bankers and art collectors and financiers. The Nazi’s wanted their money and like the thugs they were they stole it.

            You claim they sought the destruction of the church, and that is one way to look at it. By all the accounts I have read they looked to combine the church and the state. It was a very popular concept in the time, you saw it happen in communism all over the world. They simply did not want the competition, yet they also wanted the means to control their population.

            Associating themselves with god by pushing the Arian race as the superior, master race under god was how they did that. Using the church as a means to control the people is not a unique approach in christian history. From the Church of England to the Roman Empire we saw the church being transformed to suit the political rule.

            So yes, Hitler sought to destroy the church as you know it, but that did not make him any different that the countless christians that did the exact same thing. Are they less christian as a result?

          • Valerie Finnigan

            I don’t know what kind of revisionist history you’ve been reading, but every Communist country has outlawed religion. Having failed to eliminate religion in China, the state’s “settling” for allowing religion provided it’s strictly state controlled.

          • Brett Ellis

            As for the Catholic graveyard with hundreds of children just Google it, I dare you. Tell you what, I’ll give you a head start since you don’t seem strong enough or brave enough to look at the horrific truth.

            http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-ireland-catholic-orphange-mass-grave-20170303-story.html

            “A mass grave containing the remains of babies and young children has been discovered at a former Catholic orphanage in Ireland, government-appointed investigators announced Friday in a finding that offered the first conclusive proof following a historian’s efforts to trace the fates of nearly 800 children who perished there.”

            How many children have to die before you get it?

            Also, here is further proof that your precious Church was pro Nazi. They still have their stolen money!

            http://www.npr.org/2015/01/30/382374060/from-laundering-to-profiteering-a-multitude-of-sins-at-the-vatican-bank

            “By World War II, the church had sizable investments and created the Vatican Bank in order to hide its financial dealings with the Nazis from the U.S. and the U.K.”

            That’s right. The Vatican Bank was created to hide the blood money the Catholic Church, YOUR CHURCH, took from the Nazis.

          • Barbara Margaret

            I did some googling.
            1. The mass graves: certainly is sad that there were not proper burials. But that article gives absolutely NO indication the deaths were negligent or murder, etc. It was an orphanage. Very possible babies were sick, malnourished, dying when brought there. Possible meager resources could not be spared for burials. Terribly sad, but no criminality is alleged let alone proven.
            2. Pope Francis has cleaned up the Vatican Bank. At the time of WWII, the world was contending not only with naziism but communism. It is wrong what happened but being corrected. I don’t defend it.
            3. In a preface to a book by Daniel pittet, Pope Francis called abuse by priests “an absolute monstrosity, a horrendous sin, radically contrary to all Christ teaches.” He said it is our duty to be severe to these priests and those who protected them.
            He dismissed 3 hi level veteran staff.
            He reduced sanctions for a handful, not 2,000, of priests who requested mercy. One has reoffended and is facing civil charges and church penalty.
            The most horrendous sinners are able to obtain forgiveness and mercy if they repent. That is a Biblical doctrine.
            Priests who abuse are now removed from ministry involving contact with children.

          • Brett Ellis

            1) Seriously, Catholics secretly bury around 800 children in septic tanks without informing authorities, without keeping records, without informing parents, without even a dignified burial and you are making excuses for them?

            From the preliminary reports I have read a large number of the bodies showed evidence of malnourishment, abuse, and neglect. The orphanage lost hundreds of children and you have the gaul to suggest that none of them died of the hateful and neglectful treatment from these assholes?

            How many other mass murderers are you willing to excuse for your fucked up faith?

            2) Hitler was a Christian until his death. Months prior to his death he lamented how he and his fellow Germans would have been more vicious fighters if they were Muslim, that Christians did not have as much devotion to their faith and their leaders.

            Just because you do not like the truth, doesn’t make it any less true.

            3) You admit that the Vatican took the money from families that were murdered during the holocaust, denied it to their survivors, and was formed for the purpose of hiding these war crimes from the world, but then Francis waved his magic wand over the bank and “fixed it”?

            Did the tooth fairy help him?

            Show us the evidence that he did this, how he “fixed it”. I do not have faith like you do, I am not gullible like you, I am not trusting like you. As long as the Vatican Bank exists it is a blood stain on the church.

            If this was a Nazi who did this he would have been captured, frog marched, prosecuted, convicted, forced to pay back the money, and hung or executed in some other way. But not the Catholic church, these child rapists and money launderers for Nazis get away with it.

            And there you stay, on your knees, begging to them. Pathetic.

            BTW, trying to shift the topic to abortion tells me you know you are wrong and have lost. You are simply too weak and cowardly to face the horror of your church. Again, pathetic.

          • Barbara Margaret

            And your failure to answer the abortion question shows your own hypocricy when it comes to concern for innocent children.

            Some other replies to this article called for castration or death for these priests. Does this extend to all the members of NAMBLA?! And to every 20 yr old who has sex with a 14 yr old, gay or straight?! It’s the same thing.

            There are bad cops, bad judges, bad senators and bad presidents. We weed them out and do the best we can to prevent recurrence. We do not condemn every police dept, our entire court system, nor dissolve our congress or our executive branch of government.

            I am done with this conversation, except to say, the same God who will judge the abusive priests will judge you, too. And I will pray for you.

          • Valerie Finnigan

            Really? You’re angry that an orphanage didn’t notify parents that their orphaned children have died?

          • Brett Ellis

            Leave it to a Catholic to display such heartless ignorance. The church stole children from single mothers. Hundreds of cases have been filed with the Irish and British governments by mothers whose children where taken from them by the Catholic Church. Ever hear of the book and movie Angela’s Ashes? Or Philomena? These are based on true stories about the church stealing children.

            We now know that these children were taken from their mothers by the church, starved, neglected, beaten, and otherwise abused by the hate filled priests and nuns, and then when they eventually died of these slow brutal tortures they were buried in septic tanks.

            Yes I am furious with the church for not telling these single mothers that their children died. These women who have been trying to fight a legal battle to reconnect with their children who died decades prior. It disgusts me to see women defending the church as if these atrocities had never occurred, and are not still occurring.

            What is wrong with you?

          • Valerie Finnigan

            Then explain why Nazis murdered Catholics by the thousands, even creating special barracks in Dachau just for starving priests to death?

          • Valerie Finnigan

            Plenty of atheists are child rapists, and as you’ve so eloquently proven, too many atheists are bigots and just as bad as the religious proselytizers they so despise.

          • Brett Ellis

            First off you insult me and demonstrate a level of ignorance that can only be deliberate when you make this claim about atheists being child molesters. You will have to provide evidence of that little brain fart.

            Of the US population non-believers comprise between 15% and 25% (depending on the study and the definition of non-belief), of the prison population less than 1% are non-believers. Over 70% are Christian.

            Of the top ten countries for highest living standards and lowest crime rates 9 of them are majority atheist countries like Denmark, Finland, Sweden, & Japan. The lowest countries on that list are all theocracies.

            Tens of thousands of African children are forced to watch as Christian soldiers rape their sisters and mothers, murder their fathers, and are beaten until they become child soldiers for the Lords Resistance Army. This is a Christian Army.

            Don’t tell me that Atheists are the anywhere near the same level of depravity as Christians without a shred of evidence to support the claim. You are simply wrong about this.

          • Valerie Finnigan

            The countries you list with highest living standards also rank among the lowest when it comes to individual liberties.

        • Valerie Finnigan

          Yes, there has been, but don’t let facts get in the way of your anti-Catholic hatred.

    • Barbara Margaret

      So you don’t think there are pedophiles in public schools?! Boy, are you naïve!
      In public schools, your kids will be exposed to sex end that is soft porn, and be taught that gay sex, bisexuality and transgendetism is normal abortion is no big deal….
      I hope we can afford to send my grandson to a Catholic School.
      Better yet: homeschooling!!!

      • Brett Ellis

        Like I wrote below, show me the study that proves that there are more or equal numbers of pedophiles in public school versus the vast numbers of Catholic pedophiles.

        Also, Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile, a very religious pedophile, and look what happened to him when he got caught.

        The sheer magnitude of stupid you are demonstrating here is sickening. You would put your own grandchildren in the hand of pedophiles because you are too deliberately ignorant to know better.

        You place your barbaric faith ahead of the health and safety of your own flesh and blood. You sicken me.

        • Valerie Finnigan

          Well, then you’ve shown your true colors. You are using “concern” for your cousin’s kid to hide your own bigotry. Don’t deny it. You’re simply anti-Catholic, and probably would be if no priests abused their position to prey on others.

          • Brett Ellis

            I’m against any religion trying to force children into their ranks. I’m against the brainwashing of people regardless of the source. I’m against teaching children that holy scriptures are more important than secular laws, or that they will spend an eternity in hell just for being born.

            If any organization was found to have a 5% pedophile rate within its employees I would be concerned about sending CHILDREN to be taught by them. If any organization relocated pedophiles so they could rape an ever increasing number of children I’d protest against them being within 100 miles of children.

            Since the Catholic Church has proven thousands of times that they value the public image of the church over justice for the children molested and abused within their care I feel especially concerned about sending children to be taught by them.

            The problem is not just with the rapists, its with the organization that protected the rapists. How do we know that they are not raping children right now? How do we know that a child is not being forced to put a priest’s penis in his or her mouth at this very moment?

            It’s not like the church would ever willingly admit it, or seek to find justice for the child!

          • Valerie Finnigan

            The rate of pedophiles in the Catholic clergy is much lower than the rate of pedophiles in the general population.

    • Valerie Finnigan

      The percentage of priests even accused or suspected of child abuse is lower than the percentage of the general population that’s been tried and convicted of child abuse. A child’s in no greater danger in a Catholic school than he or she is in extracurricular sports, Scouting, public schools, or in the child’s own home. (Bear in mind that kids are statistically more likely to be abused by a family member than by anyone else.)

      • Brett Ellis

        What a spectacular line of utter and complete bullshit!

        According to this BBC report the percentage of Catholic Priests in Australia that act out sexually with children is 7%.

        http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-38877158

        I have seen the science and it suggests 5%. For the sake of this discussion lets look at the 5% number, it makes things easier.

        The US has roughly 300 million people in it. If 5% of the general population were child rapists like the Catholics then there would be 15 million known child rapists in the country.

        The state of Pennsylvania has a population of 12.8 million Americans. Are you suggesting that the number of child molesters in this country is well above the population of Pennsylvania? Are you mad?

        I get that you are trying to defend the indefensible but this is just plain stupid!

        Show us some EVIDENCE of this or STFU!

        BTW, you better also have evidence that authorities tries to cover for pedophiles in the general population the way the church did. Your devotion to this horror of a faith is sickening after seeing what they do to women and children.

        Your deliberate ignorance is the only way you look at yourself in the mirror, isn’t it?

  • Chris Clements

    The catholic church is an organized crime syndicate. What gives them the right to not turn the priests over to law enforcement? Can you imagine another group getting away with this shit??

    • Ladynurse97

      I was wondering the same thing!!! So, if a bunch of coal-miners were raping kids, would the coal-miners union just be allowed to transfer them to different mines?? And would the law allow that?? Pssshht….these guys need to sit in prison til they’re dead.

      This is one of the reasons I don’t believe in God anymore….I mean, if the priests don’t, then why should I?

      • somebody

        “This is one of the reasons I don’t believe in God anymore….I mean, if the priests don’t, then why should I?”
        …Maybe because you don’t want to be a godless hypocrite?

        Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

        Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. 44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? 45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. 46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

        You need to be born again.
        John 3

        • Ladynurse97

          You can’t quote from a book I don’t believe in to change my mind.

          I’m perfectly content being a godless hypocrite, thank you. 😉

          • somebody

            Just pointing out that the priests don’t represent God or the Bible.
            I hope God changes your heart.

    • Valerie Finnigan

      You don’t know how absolution works. The headline is a big lie. Nobody, not even the Pope, can dispense absolution willy-nilly to thousands of people at once. Each and every one of those individuals has to repent and confess first, and even afterward, absolution is not a get out of jail free card. Criminals still have to face the consequences of their actions and do their time.

      • Glenn

        The way I read it; states they have 2000 cases on the books. However, they emphasized a particular case that he adsolved. Law inforcement has a right to build a case. My problem is, how can you not deal with 2000 cases. The organization is more important than the crime or the victim. The universal God is showing us that the Catholic religion is lead by gangsters and thugs masquerading as saints.

  • Ginjenni

    Fake News. Google “Sean Adl-Tabatabai Fake News”

  • Jean Beardsall

    I’m disappointed. I thought Pope Francis was bringing a new era of honesty and decency to the Catholic church at last. He started out with great fanfare, full of how he was about to modernise the church. Now it looks as if he’s no better than the rest. Depressing to see..

    • melizer

      It’s an outrage he is even allowed to handle these cases at all.

  • jim6661

    As with almost all other crimes, the death penalty is the answer. Executions must come quick and be public. Also, the power of these cults must be broken. Religion should be made illegal.

    • Valerie Finnigan

      Wow, taking some pages from Stalin’s playbook, aren’t you?

      • jim6661

        The ones that have value.

  • Jeb Barrett

    Yet there is no mercy for the hundreds of thousands of victims of clergy abuse, no such thing as moral justice! Shame on the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy. The people continue to be lied to and victimized.

  • Janine Burke

    They want to throw that number out there “2,000”? That’s quite a lower number than other reports. Wiki says,4,392 priests “between 1950 and 2002 have been plausibly (neither withdrawn nor disproven) accused by 10,667 individuals of the sexual abuse of a youth
    under the age of 18…” that’s just in that time frame, it doesn’t include the unreported crimes or the crime continuing and covered up by perverted priests! Just imagine the actual numbers minus the workings of damage control by a PR campaign funded by the wealthiest church in the world. When a cult denies the very gift God gives to man by preventing its leaders (marriage and sex between a man and a woman) certainly there will be confusion and twisted ideas. The very nature of these rules of the Church of Rome are unbiblical and perverted! Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her.

    • Barbara Margaret

      The Catholic Church is not a cult.
      St. Paul said, he would prefer the ministers of the Church not to marry, as he did not, so that time and concerns were not divided between spouse and Gospel. That IS biblical.

    • Valerie Finnigan

      Those 4,392 priests between 1950 and 2002 include priests who’ve been falsely accused or saddled with suspicions that proved unfounded.

      Also there is scriptural support for regarding celibacy (real celibacy, not taking a vow, then trashing it) as a gift from God as matrimony also is. St. Paul even considered celibacy superior, regarding marriage as a concession for people who lacked the discipline to remain celibate.

  • God

    The most evil men on the planet are these cocks in frocks getting away with despicable acts in the name of God! If there is a hell I hope every one of these cunts rot in it.

    • Barbara Margaret

      All Christians believe in forgiveness and mercy for those who repent. Those who don’t repent face God’s wrath, surely severe for those who hurt his little ones. They won’t be getting away with it forever.

  • Barbara Margaret

    Yep. Point being, half truths abound.

    • y. Iamu

      Barbara Margaret
      NO.
      The point being the pope resigned or was more likely forced to resign because of the part he played in protecting and hiding pedophile preists on behalf of the Catholic Church. The last thing the Vatican wanted is for the hierarchy of the church to be put on the witness stand and have to lie to shield these disgusting human beings. It may have also come to the point of the pope being charge with perverting the course of justice. Not a good look for the church.
      Whether he was the only one to resign or if someone as far back as 1415 resigned is inconsequential.

      • Barbara Margaret

        “NO,” YOURSELF.
        Do you recognize that your entire statement is pure conjecture and speculation?
        You have NO proof as to why Benedict resigned. Not a shred.
        He likely didn’t resign to cover up, since his successor would still have to deal with it.

        • y. Iamu

          NO what your saying is not true.
          What your saying is further from the truth than the preist telling the young boy it is Gods will.
          While one small part of what I said is speculation; the part about him mysteriously abdicating seems very likely to me and while there is No other reasonable reason given I believe it to be true. The fact is he likely did resign or was forced out so the spotlight was not shining on the pontiff.
          On the other subjects there is plenty of documented evidence that it was his job to move pedophile preists and there is plenty of evidence he moved them into poor parishes where the people don’t have a voice. There is also plenty of evidence that the church has known this kind of disgusting depravity has taking places and been hidden by the church for many many years. As for his successor still having to deal with it, that is not true as his successor has only to claim he was not in power, had nothing to do with the decision and pass it down to someone else. However if Benedict was still in power the Pope on the witness stand would have been a bad look.
          There was one other small inaccuracy in my post that you never mentioned and that is after not being able to be found for some time it appears Benedict has returned to live in the Vatican.
          (Taken from Wikipedia)
          According to anonymous Vatican officials, Benedict’s continued presence in the Vatican City will assist with the provision of security, prevent his retirement location from becoming a place of pilgrimage, and provide him with Legal Protection from potential lawsuits.[23]
          Now I wonder why a Pope would need that?

          • Barbara Margaret

            Conjecture again. You have no way of knowing the why’s.
            I’m done here.

          • y. Iamu

            You’ve trolled so many posts here on this subject it makes you look like PR for the Catholic Church.
            I’m not surprised you didn’t bring up the facts I mentioned but nitpicked on the side. Whether he resigned for that reason or not he did it. The fact still remains this is a view of the disgusting underbelly of the self righteous hypocritical force that imposes their will on society and without concern their sexual desires on the children they were supposedly giving spiritual guidance to. Betraying every ounce of trust that was afforded them.
            From your ivory tower you have the gaul to talk to me about conjecture and speculation when your defending pedophiles that belong to a sect that believes in the unbelievable. Preaching about things that are Really nothing but speculation and conjecture. It proves the old saying if you can believe in the unbelievable you can do the unthinkable.
            You are right you are done here.

          • Barbara Margaret

            I just can’t leave this conversation w/o clarifying. I never did once defend abusive priests. Reread everything I wrote carefully, please.
            They indeed need to repent, face their victims, and take civil and Church penalties. And one day face God and His judgment.
            But this vile and crude attack upon the Church is over the top.
            It is the truths and tenets, the teachings and ideals of the Church I defend. Those of you using foul language do nothing for your side.

            We all fall short of perfection.
            The end.

          • jackandjill98983*

            THE VERY IDEA THAT A MORTAL MAN CAN ABSOLVE YOU OF A SIN IS REDICULOUS.

          • Barbara Margaret

            Don’t tell me, tell Jesus Christ, who says in the Gospel to his 11 remaining apostles, “if you forgive men’s sins they are forgiven them. If you hold them fast, they are retained.”
            Duh. The “mortal man” doesn’t forgive the sins. It is Jesus Christ Himself acting through the priest who forgives.
            You folks know just enough doctrine to get yourselves mixed up. Why not take a course, RCIA, at a nearby Catholic church and learn the whole undistorted truth before you go off half-cocked?

  • Timothy Earl

    Whoa people, this article is made based on assumptions ONLY. Re-read it, very, VERY little facts are presented. Additionally the main setting quote of”we’re going to to do nothing about it” is not by anyone in the church. The article doesn’t even say who it is. This article is nothing but a hit piece and everyone is falling for it based on hatred and emotion only.

  • Robert Menn

    The sheer volume of unsubstantiated allegations, and the anti-Catholic diatribes generated by them, is truly disturbing to anyone who seeks the truth.

    Truth is the first casualty whenever rabid anti-Catholics smell blood.
    All of the rules of evidence, impartiality, and logic are discarded in their attempts to discredit the Church.

    Have some priests committed horrific acts of abuse? That’s understandable. Should these clerics be punished to the full extent the law allows? Certainly.
    But several reputable studies, by non-Catholic sociologists who have followed the subject for decades, show that the rate of sexual abuse among Catholic priests is no higher than for ministers in other religious groups.
    And rates of abuse in almost all religious bodies are lower than for educators, legal professionals, and the medical field .

    The reason abuse of minors by Catholic priests gets far more media attention is quite simple .
    Have you heard the old saying, “follow the money?”
    If a person is victimized by Pastor Bob or Brother Bill or Rev. Tom at the local Baptist, or Methodist, or non-denominational church, the assets available to pay damages is generally limited to the assets of the individual congregation.
    But in the case of a victim of abuse by a Catholic priest, the entire assets of the diocese are potentially on the table.
    Which claim is more likely to attract an aggressive, media-savvy attorney?

    The “scandal” of transferring priests to other parishes is also a non-starter. It was widely accepted in the mental health community for decades that pedophilia was treatable, with counseling and removal of the offender from the environment in which his crimes were perpetrated. Bishops unfortunately tended to follow the advice of these psychiatrists and psychologists, with the dire consequences of which we are all aware. Had they followed the Canon Law of the Church, which laid down very strict guidelines and ways of dealing with abuse, much of the current tragedy might have been avoided.

    The Church was not alone in deferring to mental health “experts” when it came to pedophilia. Schools and other institutions also adopted the “treat and transfer” protocol.
    I have personal knowledge of three public school teachers whose cases were handled in the same way back in the mid-1970’s .

  • kk1949

    This Pope is in total denial… Either that or he is a party to the problem. Regardless, if he thinks God can accept his reasoning, nothing will change. The God that I worship would NEVER allow his children to become toys for these pedophiles. The Pope should set an example of what kindness, respect, protection, and love of for CHILDREN should be. Yet he choses to protect the predators… Not a POPE…

    • Valerie Finnigan

      The article is a lie. Fact check first. It would be impossible for him to absolve anyone, let alone 2,000 child molesters, without first hearing all 2,000 confessions. Absolution from sins also is not absolution from crime. Criminals can be forgiven for their sins, but still have to do time.

  • Frank martino

    In Panama a man killed an alleged pedophile priest. went to jail, ** was treated like an animal by the system, been that Panama is a Catholic majority country** This man managed to study while incarcerated. He is now a lawyer who wrote several books and is working on his masters degree in law now… His last name is *Majarrez….

  • Bungo Baggins

    Misleading headline. The pope says the process is slow getting through all the cases NOT that he “absolves” all the cases. FAKE ANTI-CATHOLIC NEWS!!

  • Glenn

    These are the so called Christians. This is the same jesuit who started the pic of jesus. The blind leading the blind.

  • Cindy

    Many seem to miss the point that thousands of children are being sexually abused by so called “religious leaders of the church”. This is, dare I say, why Jesus taught that we as individuals need to have a personal relationship with God. He never intended us to have a “priest” intercede for us, or confess to a person. He wants us to come to Him and pray in Jesus name to intercede for us. Yes, sin is sin, but there are consequences for sin and the Bible says we are to adhere to our laws and our law says that sexual immorality (such as sexual abuse of children) is a crime punishable by incarceration. We should never put our faith in people, but only God. How are these evil men any different from Muslims that rape children? Stop commenting and arguing about each others posts and have an intelligent conversation about the issue at hand.

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  • Janine Burke

    The Catholic Church has lost all integrity. The number of priests
    indicated is very low considering most victims of sexual child abuse
    remain silent a lifetime because of stigma, fear, and shame. I would run
    and flee such an organization. The Church of Rome is the wealthiest
    church in the world, yet multitudes of its members live in poverty and
    squalor around the world. You can talk dogma and doctrine all day, but
    these facts are facts. The best advice I can give is turn away from her and run into the arms of Jesus Christ. The only reason we are here in these earthsuits
    is to reject or receive God’s free love gift, the Lord Jesus Christ and
    HIS finished work on the cross so we can move on to a perfect heaven,
    escaping a very real hell. Nothing we can do, no ritual, no rule, can
    save us. No church can save us, only Jesus can. He is a wonderful Lord.
    He is kind and good. He is the Prince of Peace and the Good Shepherd. He
    loves you and wants to be Lord of your life. Jesus said: “Except a man
    be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” and, “I am the way the
    truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Can you
    hear the Holy Spirit calling you? Won’t you throw away all the junk and
    run to the only One Who truly cares for your soul? Fall on your knees to
    God, ask forgiveness for all your sins, and ask Jesus to come into your
    heart and be your Savior. He will, because He loves you so very much.

  • Jane

    This is absolutely disgraceful. As a Catholic I am totally ashamed.

  • Kathleen Collins

    …and this is why there are books like INTERCESSION and JUSTIFIED by Louis Romano. Books where one finds oneself rooting for the psycho-killer.

  • David Hess

    To be precise, this does nothing to rid the Church of these homosexual men enjoining other pubescent males (hebephilia) in their perversions. The blame falls on leadership in the Church, the homosexual perpetrator, and the homosexual ‘movement’ itself. Hebephilia is an accepted but seldom spoken ‘specialty’ within the homosexual ‘movement. The scandal is wide and deep. Shame.

  • jackandjill98983*

    I ask you, is this Pope any better than an Islamist who rapes children?

  • Lonnie

    Honestly, what’s the difference between Catholics and Muslims? When an empowered man has the authority to forgive something that God calls an abomination how could it be Gods will? Pediphiles target jobs that put them close to children. The action of the pope has done nothing but to promote more pedifiles to abuse our children.

  • Ralph E. Stone

    Is this fake news? I can find no credible source for this article.

  • EFREN VARGAS, M.D.

    God deserved his creation. For the fullfilment of useless evil prophesis, and satisfaction of divine power with complete disregard of innocents’ suffering, God’s karma can not get any better than his beloved, Poop Francis Pedophile protector from Argentina, the prelate who participated in the killing of innocents, whose mothers from the Plaza de Mayo, claim to God for Justice, without accepting that the Will of God is to serve Satan. His Eternal Prodigal son, for whom everyone from Jesus to you, pay the price of an eternal never return.
    Useless Glory of Evil God in the Highest
    Low class Heaven, in the name of Bless Divine Shit, God’s Mercy.

  • EFREN VARGAS, M.D.

    POOP FRANCIS GOD’S DIVINE TOILET PAPER ON EARTH. LIVE IN VATICAN SIN PEDOPHILE HEAVENLY CITY, PROTECTING, ALL THE LOVING GOD’S CHILD RAPERS IN THE NAME OF THE HOLY EUCARIST, WITH THE BLESSING OF EVIL GOD. THE MASTER NO BETTER THAN THE SERVANT, IN THE NAME OF LOVE AND PRIAPO. CHILDREN SEX PREDATORS. AMEN.
    KEEP RAPING, GOD WILL PROTECT YOU AND BRING YOU ALL TO HEAVEN FOR A HEAVENLY FUCK. AMEN AND AMEN
    LET THE ERECTION GIVEN BY THE LORD TO STAY IN YOUR DIRTY BODIES, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON, THE HOLY GHOST, AND ABOVE ALL SATAN. AMEN. GO AND KEEP FUCKING CHILDREN. GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST LOW CLASS HEAVEN. AMEN

  • EFREN VARGAS, M.D.

    GOD LOVES TO BLESS THE PENIS OF A PERVERT CATHOLIC PRIEST, SPECIFIC WHEN THE LITTLE ONES RECTUM OR VAGINA PERFUSED RED BLOOD, I THINK GOD LIKE BETTER THAN POOR JESUS BLESSING ON THE CROSS AFTER HE WAS ALREADY ANEMIC AFTER GHETSEMANI BLESSING EPISODE.
    GOD LOVES BLOOD. AMEN