It just doesn't seem right. OK, this writer is not a Catholic and maybe doesn't totally understand the word of 'penance'.
It seems to me that when Catholics go to Confession they are given a 'penance' by the priest listening to their confession. If the pennance is completed then they are 'forgiven their sins'. Oh great! I want to be a Catholic.......
Surely the Pope does NOT believe this situation with the Catholic priests sexually abusing boys is that easy to deal with. 'Say three Hail Mary's and five 'Our Fathers" and you will be 'clean' again in the eyes of the Lord.'
For Christ's sake. That's not right. Any idiot can see there is something wrong with 'that'. Send the priests to jail and let them 'enjoy' making close friends behind bars.
What about all the boys - some now MEN - who suffered at the hands of those priests over the years? Yes! What about them?
Forget about the 'poor priests' for crying out loud. Who the hell gives a damn about them? Lock 'em up and throw away the key.
The Catholic church should NOT be putting their money into trying to figure out what drove these peodophiles to commit such indecent acts on young boys. We already know the answer. They are wierd!
The Catholic church should be spending its money on 'counselling' these boys and men, or settling very LARGE monetary 'out of court settlements'.
Money won't heal the wounds of the victims. That's pretty obvious. But it will surely dip into the coffers of the Vatican, the richest city in the World.
Children starve around the world. Just think how many mouths could be fed if the people in the Vatican TRULY cared.
The cost of a Bishop's hat could surely feed a small village for a year. Think what turning the rest of the Vatican City into CASH could accomplish.
When will people of 'religion' own up and stop hiding behind their 'so called God'. Anyone in their right mind would dismiss the notion of 'God' and just get on with life.
Archie Bunker once said something along the lines of: "Faith is something people believe in which no-one in their 'right mind' would believe'. (Paraphrasing).
Get with it! All the wars that are being fought today - I don't need to tell you - are all in the name of RELIGION.
Do the priests and the Pope go and fight, and other Holy Leaders. Hell no! They sit comfortably in their 'safe little worlds' praying. PRAYING! GIVE ME A BLOODY BREAK!
SORRY! I'M PRETTY TICKED OF WITH IT ALL
BRING OUR SOLDIERS HOME! ALL OF THEM!