"But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around your neck (Marcus 9, 42)
Just as the new pope, Francis I, was being elected in Rome, the diocese of Los Angeles, whose former head is Cardinal Mahony, decided to settle 4 cases of sexual abuse by clergy by paying 10 million dollars to the victims of the priest.
Catholic media claim that these are isolated cases. In fact, the cases where abusing priests are found out, sentenced and forced to compensate their victims, are the isolated cases. In most cases the abusers are saved by the code of secrecy, by the statute of limitations or the prescription and the right to compensation, by the removal of the trauma, the shame, by the guilt caused by the abuser, by the awareness of not being believed, by the difficulty to obtain justice.
Only when one of the victims has the courage to break the silence, other victims discover that they are not alone and decide to tell the truth. But there are those who, for centuries now, have never wanted the truth. In Vatican rooms, for centuries, a systematic work of silting and cover-up of the crimes of pedophile priests has been carried out. The only interest pursued is to stifle the scandal and subtract the priest from to justice of men.
The attitude towards the victims is clear: they are isolated, discredited, pictured as not credible. The victims are given no assistance. At most, there are excuses, but only when cases are made public.
The directives of Pope Wojtyla and Ratzinger: cases of sexual abuse fall under the pontifical secret and are punished with excommunication if not respected; It is forbidden to denounce criminal priests to the police; criminal priests are transferred to places where people are not informed of their crimes; secret archives are kept under lock and key; tendency to remain silent to the civil authorities; victims and people who help them are sued for defamation; no compensation unless it is imposed by the judiciary; very few cases of resignation.
Thousands of priests have been accused of sexual abuse of minors, but only a couple of dozen of them have been laicized. Not one bishop or cardinal who covered up their crimes has ever been relieved of his duties for that reason.
We ask the new Pope to finally open the archives of the dioceses and the Vatican; to make denunciation of a crime to the police obligatory, and let only the judiciary judge the consistency of the claims, to impose the compensation by the dioceses and the religious orders in those dioceses.
We do not need empty words of apology, because those words do not heal the wounds nor do they bring justice to the victims and their loved ones.
We ask that all those who were found responsible for abuse and those responsible for the cover-up be laicized.
Without truth and justice the massacre of tens of thousands children will continue.
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