Originally posted by Furball
The Catholic Church needs to wake up and smell the incense [/B]
Mattsmom81 - Here is the original quote. I agree that the Catholic Church needs to wake up, and put an end to this type of abuse. But please do not group all Catholics together as if we all agree with what the church does.
I was raised Catholic, but have not practiced in more than 15 years, because I do not agree with many of the churchs positions.
I can't speak for the majority of Catholics, but as for me and my family, it is appalling that the idea that a priest or other member of the church gets one "freebie" before any action is taken. I am disgusted that these types of crimes have been covered up in the past by the church, and I don't think anyone should be able to get away with even one incident. If anything, penalties for priests and other people, who are in a position that children feel they can trust, and who are supposed to provide guidance, should have stiffer penalties. I feel like the church, by making this decision, and by covering up past offenses, is condoning it, and is contributing to the victimization of children.
It also makes me think that the Catholic church will become like a safe haven for pedophiles. If one wishes to commit this crime, where better to go than a place where there are plenty of trusting victims, and no penalty for getting caught.
I believe that pedophiles can not be cured, and if given the opportunity, will continue to commit these crimes against children. There should be no tolerance of these crimes within the church, and those who commit the acts should be punished according to the laws everyone else has to live by. Including the past offenders.