The Roman Catholic Church: apologies do not cut it
Revelations about Roman Catholic clergy molesting children have come to the forefront in recent days. Many instances of abuses have been in the courts over time, but this is the most damaging and the most horrid news we have heard for some time.
The children involved, boys and girls, many of whom are now adults, have come forward to tell their stories that have haunted them over the years.
The pedophiles, priests in the Roman Catholic Church, have molested youngsters for years.
First, let us define pedophilia as explained in Psychology Today. “Pedophilia is a condition in which a person’s sexual arousal and gratification depend on fantasizing about and engaging in sexual behaviour that is atypical and extreme. It is defined as the fantasy or act of sexual activity with children who are generally age 13 or younger. Pedophiles are usually men and can be attracted to either or both sexes.”
Women have also been known to engage in these sexual activities. It has been suggested priests be allowed to marry, but that does not “cure” a pedophile. One may suggest that a pedophile feels comfort in the robes of the church and that no one would suspect his real identity.
Pope Francis has released a three-page letter and laments that the clergy has indeed performed these heinous crimes but fails to mention the law of the land must take charge. Feeling regret is fine but does absolutely nothing to heal the victims. Some form of closure must be forthcoming for them to live their lives in some sort of contentment.
The law, not the Roman Catholic Church, must step in to take the priest pedophiles within the church to task for their criminal activities toward boys and girls. The law is clear regarding these matters and Pope Francis, Cardinals, Bishops and Priests must face the consequences and not pretend they are above the law and should only answer to God.
The church can no longer hide these horrific offences, as it has done in the past. The latest words from the Pope and other church officials sound empty – admitting offences took place and remain a huge problem, while calling for forgiveness.
I fail to recognize that the request will heal the wounds of the victims of sexual abuse. Is anyone listening to the cries of those who were at the mercy of these offenders? Does the Roman Catholic Church – not the only religious denomination to have been accused of such crimes – really believe they, and only they, are in charge of such investigations?
The statute of limitations should not enter into it, as the law has been broken, and sexual offences must be brought forward in our courts and those responsible be brought to justice, tried and punished.
The church seems bent on apologizing, but are they concerned about the welfare of the child, or its future as a viable and trusting institution? The horrors were evident as one victim interviewed, now an adult, clearly remains visibly upset and does not view the church as part of his life, but is spiritually healthy.
How many are there in this world who have endured these offences and were silenced by the offenders in some way? The problem is global, including in our own Atlantic Canada. The church has announced changes to be introduced in an attempt to minimize sexual abuse by the clergy.
The fact remains those priests that have committed the crimes must be arrested and face the courts. Many have died, but so many are still with us.
The law must act immediately and punish the offenders. Some say the priests are gay, but sexual orientation has no bearing on pedophilia.