Pedophiles have molested innocent children in the Roman Catholic Church probably since the beginning of the church. These pedophiles have been protected and their horrendous crimes against children have gone unpunished. Now some of these children as adults have found their voices and are speaking out against the priests and teachers who molested them.
Europe’s child abuse victims are finally coming forward and confronting the Roman Catholic Church about abuse they suffered at the clergy’s hands as children. Ireland was the first European country to protest the church’s custom of protecting pedophile priests from the law and preventing punishment for their crimes. Pedophiles in the church had always been whispered about in Ireland but it was in the 1990s that former alter boy Andrew Madden and orphanage survivor Christine Buckley spoke out to the public. It started as two small voices that has swollen into an entire nation’s demand for the truth and justice for innocent children.
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Now that this horror has been brought out into the open the battle cry for justice is being heard in many countries where the Roman Catholic Church prevails. And none louder than in Germany, the homeland of Pope Benedict XVI. It takes only one lone voice brave enough to speak out about what has been covered up so long to bring action. It’s what is happening in Germany. Next it could be Poland, Spain or anywhere.
In January a Jesuit school in Berlin hired an outside investigator, Ursula Raue to investigate. In a short while she had testimony from more than 100 ex students abused by Jesuit masters, and 60 molested by parish priests. Raue gave credit to heavy German news coverage of the Irish Roman Catholic abuse scandals with bringing about similar soul searching in Germany. “Once the door had been opened, then many others felt they were able to step up and say: That happened to us too”. Raue said.
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The discovery of Germany abuse cases have continued on a near daily bases and has spread to Regensberg boys’ choir directed by the pope’s brother. The question now is what role, if any, did Pope Benedict XVI play in distributing pedophile priests to new parishes rather than turning them over to the law and the punishment they so richly deserve.
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