Cover-up of abuse shares in the crimes

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT -

As a dis­af­fected Catholic since the un­earthing of sex­ual abuse within the church, I was ap­palled at the re­ported state­ment by newly in­stalled bishop of Antigonish, Brian Dunn, that the hid­ing of sex­ual abuse in the church is over.

This rep­re­sents a fright­en­ing omen for the fu­ture of this in­sti­tu­tion. It can never be over if those who hid the abuse re­main in power.

They are as crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble for the vic­tim­iza­tion of in­di­vid­u­als as the per­pe­tra­tors be­cause they aided and abet­ted in th­ese crimes against chil­dren by cov­er­ing them up.

Only if and when the hi­er­ar­chy of the church ac­knowl­edges its re­spon­si­bil­ity and makes those cul­pa­ble for the con­tin­u­a­tion of abuse over the years ac­count­able for their ac­tions can the church ever hope to move on.

Ev­ery pas­tor, mon­signor, bishop and car­di­nal, and even the pope, should be in­ves­ti­gated for his part in al­low­ing th­ese atro­cious crimes to oc­cur.

Nazi war crim­i­nals were con­victed be­cause the world would not ac­cept “I was fol­low­ing or­ders” or “I did not know it was hap­pen­ing.” At a min­i­mum, the same stan­dard should be ap­plied to those in­volved here. Pauline Mesher Cat­alone

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