It has recently come to light that the Vatican is telling newly appointed bishops that it is not “their duty” to report suspected clerical child abuse to authorities. A document which explains how clergy members are to handle such allegations states that is it solely up to the victims and their families to decide whether or not to report the abuse to police. Is it just me or is it a little redundant to have to print such a document? You’d save more time just by handing out blank sheets of paper at this point.
The Vatican claims that rather than reporting violence, it is the bishops’ duty to address the accusations internally. Translation: Drank too much from the blood of Christ. Must nap and then continue to eat this room-temp McMuffin.
A statement was issued from the associate editor of Cruxnow.com (a well- known Catholic News Site):
“According to the state of civil laws of each country where reporting is obligatory, it is not necessarily the duty of the bishop to report suspects to authorities, the police or state prosecutors in the moment when they are made aware of crimes or sinful deeds.”
Come on guys, perhaps you forgot but you all don’t necessarily have the best track record in this particular area. I don’t know, it could be likely that the Bishops are in fact too old that they actually can’t see anything (round of walking sticks on me!). I mean, in every photograph their eyes are half shut and their large hats are covering a majority of their face.
Maybe they’re trying to play an engaging round of peek-a-boo?
Well…peek-a-boo… we see you.