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Thread #134382   Message #3059891
Posted By: Don(Wyziwyg)T
23-Dec-10 - 06:24 AM
Thread Name: BS: And yet more abusing priests (Ireland)
Subject: RE: BS: And yet more abusing priests (Ireland)
""How would YOU handle a child who came to you about a situation like this? How would YOU respond if you were accused of failing to handle the child's complaint effectively? Can you or I honestly say we would have done better?""

Here's the bottom line Joe, and you just gave the answer.

Yes, I can honestly say I would have done better,...much better!

I would have followed your advice, and handed the investigation of the complaint over to the authorities who have the requisite investigative skills.

I would have called the police!

I would not under any circumstances have placed the good name of my organisation above the welfare of a possibly abused child, and in this way I would have been preserving that good name by upholding its highest moral values.

You can't have it both ways Joe. These bishops knew of crimes committed by men placed in authority by themselves, and instead of instantly reporting said crimes and allowing the proper authorities to do their job, they elected to cover them up.

The proper focus of the Church is the care of mankind's souls. Other agencies exist to handle their bodies. How can the Church pretend to those highest moral values if its representatives become accessories to abuse, and are given a "get out of jail free" card which is not available to the rest of the community?

Don T.

Don T.