Pope says Child Abuse was normal because of Society - 30 Dec 10

30 Dec 2010  Vrindavan, India

Category: Society

Pope about Child Abuse Scandal

Still before Christmas I read a website article about a statement of the Pope in front of his officials. In his speech to them he asked them to reflect on the church’s culpability in the child sex-abuse scandal which was discovered in the last years. Hundreds or thousands of young girls and boys have been sexually abused by priests whom the parents trusted with the religious education of their children. Victims and their relatives have been waiting for a long time for a reaction of society and church. When the society reacted with an outcry of protest, it still took the Catholic Church a long time to admit their guilt, to find those who did those crimes to innocent children and to take small and hesitating steps to approach the public again.

What the Pope said on 20th December to his officials however was more like an attempt to explain why those priests abused children. He actually blames the society around them! Benedict XVI said “In the 1970s, pedophilia was theorized as something fully in conformity with man and even with children”. It was thus just normal to touch children and have sex with them? Does he mean that the society in the seventies knew about that and accepted it and just nowadays people make a too big deal about it? I don’t really believe in this theory! Does he mean that priests abused children because everybody was doing? I think I stay with my previous statement: when you suppress a natural feeling of sexuality by religious restrictions and limits, the sexual urge will find another way – a sick and unnatural way that hurts people and harms young minds and hearts.

Another thing he said was “It was maintained — even within the realm of Catholic theology - that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a 'better than' and a 'worse than.' Nothing is good or bad in itself.” I heartily disagree with this opinion or theory. This would justify whatever action you take. For me it is good to help a child and support him or her for a better future. And it is definitely bad to mistreat and abuse a child. You show yourself unworthy of the parents’ trust, you break a child’s trust and love and you may even ruin his or her mental situation forever. It is a crime and that’s it.

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The Pope actually said that!!!! I'm sure if he knew what it was like to have a child and have it molested and sexually abused by the very adults he trusted, he would not describe their actions as merely 'worse than' other adults, and suggestedly understandable given that attitudes towards paedophllia in society was more tolerant at the time! I suppose for the sake of his church and Chritianity the world over, it would have been too much to expect him just to hold up his hands, and say it was wrong, just wrong, and no words could even begin to justify those actions, and to apolgise on their behalf. What a disgraceful man!

Reply By Nicola on June 02, 2013 06:53


It's crazy to me that the Pope can make up such excuses and get away with it. He is so highly respected by Catholics that people just accept what he says and don't really even process how ridiculous it is. Again, you are right Swami Ji. Suppressing sexual desires just leads to a release of this sexual energy in other, unhealthy ways. Wake up world! We don't have to listen to this garbage anymore.

Reply By Emily on October 26, 2011 11:12


If we know ourselves we know true love. If we know another we know true love. In the moments we know both we see the God in everyone.

Reply By Ken Ronalds on January 20, 2011 05:58


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...no matter what they have done.

By Anonymous on January 20, 2011

Ref:: Another thing he said was 1CIt was maintained 14 even within the realm of Catholic theology - that there is no such thing as evil in itself or good in itself. There is only a 'better than' and a 'worse than.' Nothing is good or bad in itself. 1D I heartily disagree with this opinion or theory. This would justify whatever action you take.::: I disagree, it wouldn't justify whatever action you take. These are the standards by which I live my life (not believing in rights and wrongs) and there are many things I would never ever do. Everything in the world is on a general scale, nothing is completely one way or another. You cannot say black white wrong right about things, and believing that doesn't justify being hurting others. I think the pope misunderstand or at least misrepresents his organization- the catholic church, when he throws at beliefs like this in order to justify hurting children. It shows real weakness and lack of caring on his part. On the scale of worse-than and better-than pedophilia in the name of holiness would land in the zone labeled "completely disgusting and cruel" waaaaay over on the worse than side. And when it is allowed to become a trend as it became in the church at that time- that is when you need to take steps to help the community modify it's behavior away from the "being a horrible person" zone. That takes action. Not misquoting your own doctrine in the hopes that your audience is too dumb to see what you are doing. Take responsibility. Take action. You don't have to believe in right and wrong in order to be moved to do that.

Reply By Tanya Lyn on January 20, 2011 05:51


Thank God that people are speaking out about this and refusing to except it. I think that hints, in a historical sense, to the evolution of man.

Reply By Brice on January 20, 2011 05:29


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