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Pedophiles and Molested Children in The Roman Catholic Church

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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  1. deep blue

    On March 17, 2010 at 7:08 am


    The devil has a way of spreading his bad news. I wonder how we are receiving the sacraments with these men of church misguided. A startling post, Ruby. I suppose the practice had been there for centuries.

  2. MartineP

    On March 17, 2010 at 7:14 am


    Great post. Spread the word! And Rome keeps wondering why chruches are less visited and why so few young people like the Catholic church. This is one reason more.

  3. wonder

    On March 17, 2010 at 7:18 am


    This is terrible news.

  4. mikky webs

    On March 17, 2010 at 8:32 am


    Shocking to know about this. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Christine Ramsay

    On March 17, 2010 at 8:35 am


    It is terrible what goes on behind religious doors. I think these priests all need to be tried and locked up. A very good read.

    Christine

  6. Jimmy Shilaho

    On March 17, 2010 at 9:38 am


    The church must find the courage to denounce these fellows. Hanging onto celibacy which no one is keen to follow seems to have aggravated the issue. Well written Ruby.

  7. pearl2010

    On March 17, 2010 at 10:45 am


    This is really sad to think about. Priests or any other people should not do that to our children.

  8. brightstar

    On March 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm


    People like that are deserve to be punish.

  9. Brenda Nelson

    On March 17, 2010 at 3:15 pm


    Pity that the Catholic Chuch does not see this as much of a problem as the rest of us folks do.

  10. 8Shei8

    On March 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm


    It is maddening and sad! A church is a place for prayers, not molestation and abuse. Good one Ruby!

  11. martie

    On March 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm


    This is going to haunt the Catholic church all over the world as more more people in more and countries come forth. By moving these priest they put even more children at risk. If they were not going to turn them in the least they could have done was protect the children by refusing to allow them access.

  12. Hettie

    On March 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm


    May be people who want to be priests should be checked out first before they join the priesthood. The same with any group who are to guide and care for children, Then if they need help they can get it and follow another line of work.

  13. Uma Shankari

    On March 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm


    Where there is power, in general, people abuse them. Very sad state of affairs. The article speaks of courage: yes, we need to stand up, even if alone.

  14. Inna Tysoe

    On March 18, 2010 at 3:35 am


    I agree with Uma–where there is power, there will be abuse. And my heart (and admiration both) go out to Andrew Madden and Christine Buckley. It takes real guts to be the first anything.

    Regards,

    Inna

  15. Christine Ramsay

    On March 18, 2010 at 4:10 am


    I had to come back for another read.

  16. Muhammad Sohaib Roomi

    On March 18, 2010 at 6:07 am


    nice one keep it up

  17. papaleng

    On March 18, 2010 at 12:53 pm


    So sad to hear that these incidents happen, but it is a manifestation that the devil is doing all his best to trick and deceive unknowing victims.

  18. CA Johnson

    On March 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm


    That is so sad to know that these priests take advantage of people like that. It is too bad that one isn’t severly punished and maybe that would put a stop to this type of abuse. This really does prove that no one is above such horrible behavior.

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