Hypocrisy: April 2002 Archives

April 26, 2002

Blaming the Pooves

United States: A New York Cardinal has blamed the child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church on gays! Monsignor Eugene Clark told his congregation that The tendency to homosexuality is a disorder, not a sin, but the practice of homosexuality is truly sinful, that the United States was probably the most immoral country in the Western Hemisphere and that problems were caused by US society being very protective of homosexuality.

An interesting rebuttal has been penned by William Saletan of Slate Magazine:

The one thing everybody knows about the Roman Catholic Church is that you're supposed to confess your sins. Everybody, that is, except the church's leaders. First they failed to come clean about sexual abuse by priests. Then they failed to come clean about having covered up the abuse. Every time they assured the public that nothing else would come out, something else came out. Now the bishops, the cardinals, and conservative interest groups have a new story. The problem, they say, is homosexuality. If the church gets rid of gay priests, everything will be fine. But the more questions you ask about this story, the more contradictions you find. The cardinals' problem isn't that they can't keep the priesthood straight. The problem is that once again, they can't keep their story straight.

He then looks in depth at four key points on which their new alibi doesn't add up.

Monsignor Blames Gay Men For ScandalThe Guardian, 22nd April 2002; Cardinal virtues, cardinal sins. The hypocrisy of blaming sexual abuse by priests on gaysMSNBC News, 24th April 2002.

April 17, 2002

Bishop resigns

A German bishop has resigned amid allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman during an exorcism. Auxiliary Bishop Franziskus Eisenbach denies the allegations and has resigned because of the negative pubicity. A representative for the archdiocese of Mainz said:

The woman was a Protestant and wished to convert. At the same time she had private visions that she couldn't cope with. The auxiliary bishop was familiar with the spiritual issues involved. During this long process there was close physical proximity. But contact was not sexual in a narrow sense.

German Bishop Quits Amid Sex Abuse Allegations - Reuters (via Yahoo! News, April 16th 2002.

April 14, 2002

Painting the Forth Bridge

Someone is more obsessed with naughty vicar stories than I am. The Clergy Abuse Tracker is a weblog linking to articles about sexual abuse by clergy.

April 12, 2002

Church won't report abuse

Roman Catholic authorities in Mexico have refused to report cases of alleged child abuse by priests to secular authorities, and will not give any statistics relating to the problem. Some bishops deny that the problem exists at all. This attitude is in complete contrast to that seen in the United States, where the Roman Catholic Church has decided to treat such allegations seriously, to cooperate with investigations and to stop shielding child abusers in its heirarchy. Bishops won't report pedophilia - CNN Europe, April 12th 2002.

April 6, 2002

Important football result! (and some naughty vicars)

Naughty vicar stories abound today:
Pope accepts bishop's resignation over sex-charge priest - Ananova, 6th April 2002.
Cardinal accused of sexual abuse - Ananova, 6th April 2002.
Report: District Attorney asks for grand jury to probe allegations of sex abuse by priests - New Jersey Online, 6th April 2002.
Priest Accused of Child-Sex Abuse Commits Suicide - Fox News, 5th April 2002.

But, to me, this is the day's most important news: Man City seal promotion - BBC Sport, 6th April 2002.

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