In Sunday times, kochi, Mar 4, 2017
(Note: This is what appeared in one single secular English daily, Sunday Times of the Times of India. Similarly sex related weakness and failures of so called “holy men” of all religions are made into a public celebration, precisely to force open the stupid, blind eyes of God-men to realize there is no such thing as “God-men” but only frail human weaklings everywhere.
But our Catholic publications never publish such “Scandals”. What happens? People rush from Catholic to secular papers to get informed and entertained. Also forbidden fruit is the most attractive fruit. If they are published in Church publications, their members can at least be properly instructed and enlightened. You don’t need a Solomon to understand this. But church publications continue to be “Caged parrots” singing the masters voice or acting like the cat which drinks the milk closing its eyes thinking no one sees it. Never learn from their repeated mistakes.
It was mainly the sordid Sex and financial scandals that morally compelled Pope Benedict, being a very honest spiritual person, to resign and hand over steering wheel of Bark of Peter to Francis. Church men in India should learn to be honest and courageous to live out their convictions and universally accepted democratic norms. Otherwise they become objects of ridicule in society.
One can only feel very sorry for Cardinal Alancherry who is neither able to control or discipline the unwieldy team under him nor able to quit the job. When he can neither swallow nor spit, what is the third option left for him? This is the question those who know and pity him personally and want to be helpful to him ask these days. May that Solomon come up soon to his rescue.
But a public apology on his part to the parents of the minor girl, the victim, could be least he could and should do, imitating Frncis, his predecessor, John Paul II, the man of “Mea Culpa”, Vajpai who hang his head in shame at the burning of Australian missionary, and Lal Bahadoor Sastri who quit for a railway accident he was very remotely only expected to control and avoid. james kottoor, editor)
Kochi: In a sign that ecclesiastical authorities are finally ready to admit the magnitude of the problem, Cardinal George Mar Alencherry, head of the Syro Malabar church, said on Saturday that the church unequivocally condemns clergy members involved in sexual abuse and child molestation cases and will under no circumstance protect the accused.
Referring to the Kottiyoor incident, where a 16-yr-old girl gave birth to a child last month following a relationship with the local parish priest, Cardinal Alencherry said, "The incident cannot be tolerated. It is highly condemnable. The church will not protect such offenders".
Latest Comment: Fr Robin Vadakkancheril alias Mathew Vadakkancheril (48), the parish vicar at St Sebastian Church in Neendunoki near Kottiyoor, is currently in judicial remand on the charge of raping a minor girl.
Pointing out that the accused should be punished under the law of the land, Cardinal Alencherry said, "The church and the entire community of believers should be cautious in avoiding such incidents in the future". The cardinal was speaking after a prayer meeting for Father Tom Uzhunalil, who was abducted in Yemen by suspected Islamic State militants exactly a year ago.
What worsened matters is that the school controlled by the church where the survivor studied, and the hospital where she gave birth, again a church institution, tried to hush it up.
How many children were sexually abused in the Catholic Church?
We will never know, but even in recent times the numbers are well into the thousands.
For example, 4444 alleged victims of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church in Australia between 1980 and 2015 testified of their harrowing experiences to the Australian Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Australia is not a large country and is not predominantly Catholic, so if we ever know the global figure during the same period, it would indeed be frightening.
The victims identified 1,880 alleged perpetrators within the Catholic Church, including priests, religious brothers and sisters, and employees. Astonishingly, over 40 per cent of Brothers of St John of God were named, as well as more than 20 per cent of Marist Brothers, Salesians of the Don Bosco and Christian Brothers.
Most of the abuse appeared to have occurred during the 1970s and a prominent report released early in 2004 stated that as many as 10,667 children were sexually abused by more than 4,300 priests.
What abuses led to the criticism of the Roman Catholic Church?
2 Before the reformation the abuses of the Catholic Church were:
Now the Church's controversy is about sexual abuses, the lack of women as priests and homosexuality in the clergy.
Vatican II is perhaps the most widely criticized issue by conservative Catholics, whereas mandatory celibacy and strict teachings on homosexuality and abortion are criticized by liberal Catholics, others are crusades, inquisition, selling of indulgences, sex abuse by piests.
Catholic church is a self-preserving institution of clandestine men's club that has shunned justice to womenfolk in general and allowed paeodphiles to get away with wrecking lives for decades, under such circumstances it requires of the catholic church an exceptionally dry sense of humour to lay claim to the moral high ground on sexual matters.