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The Pope and the Priest Scandal

Wednesday, 06 April 2005 12:00 AM

Would it be inappropriate or unfair to remind everyone who is watching all of this discussion of Pope John Paul that it was under his papacy that the Church has been embroiled in one of the worst scandals in its history? I am referring to the pedophile priest scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church over the last many years, and that dates back to the 1980s, with its trail of young, mostly male victims.

When the allegations of widespread abuse by priests of young males first arose, the Church circled the wagons and at first blamed the media for telling lies and slandering the Church. Then when more and more came out, we learned that not only had the Church paid untold millions in settlements to victims and their families, but also that the Church required their silence in many cases.

Worse, the Church moved these offending priests around to dioceses far away from where the pedophile acts were committed, the result often being that the errant priest would prey upon more victims.

To make matters worse, the Church has in many cases not cooperated with investigative authorities, some of which angrily accused Church officials of covering up and stonewalling. That would include the District Attorney for Los Angeles, Steve Cooley, who has said as much publicly about the situation in the large archdiocese of Los Angeles.

One of the worst acts committed by the Vatican, in the opinion of many, was the moving of Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law to the Vatican after he was removed from his position for his apparent carelessness in this same horrible scandal.

Is it really too much to ask how such a despicable scandal happened under the watch of Pope John Paul II and the Vatican was, at best, slow to react? When they finally did react, the response, according to many Church observers, has been too little too late, and the pope never issued an apology to the victims that piled up over a couple of decades or more.

So, while the media seem determined to raise Pope John Paul to sainthood during this week of funeral coverage, with of course the Vatican officials happy to provide all the color they need, someone needs to ask questions if only in the interest of fairness to the victims.

Would it be too disrespectful to say that although John Paul is considered a great pope by his followers, the media and heads of state, the pedophile priest scandal was not his finest hour? In fact, it could be considered an indelible stain upon the Church, the impact of which we have yet to fully appreciate.

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