Vatican takes radical new position on abuse

Suffer the little children, indeed

Mar 29th, 2010 | By Heber Dolphy | Category: News

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ROME – Stung by widespread disbelief of the church’s  explanations for failure to deal with sexual  abuse by clergy,  the Vatican yesterday dropped all pretense of opposing the  practice.

“We now contend that the abuse of children is not only  permissible, it is encouraged by scripture,” said a spokesman  for Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation of  the Doctrine of the Faith. “For example, Luke 18:16 says  Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not:  for of such is the kingdom of God. Suffering, then, is an  important part of a child’s development.”

For weeks the Church has struggled to contain a spreading  scandal over allegations Church authorities — including Pope  Benedict XVI (then archbishop Joseph Ratzinger) — covered up  cases of sexual abuse by priests in Germany. Coming on top of  similar scandals in Ireland, the United States, Canada,  Australia, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, the  Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, the United Kingdom,  Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand and the  Philippines, the German case is seen as threatening the Papacy of  Benedict and, according  to some observers, even the Catholic Church itself.

“It’s a risky move,” one theologian said of the new doctrine,  “but it has the advantage of being Biblically based, and  therefore, of course, inerrant.”

“We used to make jokes in the lunchroom about sparing the  rod (Proverbs 13:24) when I worked at the St. Dymphna Home  for Terribly Vulnerable Boys in Dublin,” the former Christian  Brother said. “I guess we would say the same thing now, only  with great solemnity.”

ROME – Stung by widespread disbelief of the church’s

explanations for failure to deal with sexual abuse by clergy,

the Vatican yesterday dropped all pretense of opposing the

practice.

“We now contend that the abuse of children is not only

permissable, it is encouraged by scripture,” said a spokesman

for Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation of

the Doctrine of the Faith. “For example, Luke 18:16 says

‘Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not:

for of such is the kingdom of God.’ Suffering, then, is an

important part of a child’s development.”

For weeks the Church has struggled to contain a spreading

scandal over allegations Church authorities – including Pope

Benedict XVI (then archbishop Joseph Ratzinger) – covered up

cases of sexual abuse by priests in Germany. Coming on top of

similar scandals in Ireland, the United States, Canada,

Australia, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, the

Netherlands, Poland, Solvenia, Sweden, the United Kingdom,

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand and the

Phillipines, the German case seen as threatening the Papacy of

Benedict and maybe even the Catholic Curch itself, according

to some observers.

“It’s a risky move,” one theologian said of the new doctrine,

“but it has the advantage of being Bibically based, and

therefore, of course, inerrant.”

“We used to make jokes in the lunchroom about ‘sparething the

rod’ (Proverbs 13:24) when I worked at the St. Dymphna Home

for Terribly Vulnerable Boys in Dublin, the former Christian

Brother said. “I guess we would say the same thing now, only

with great solemnity.”

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