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Cardinals to discuss Church reactions to sexual abuse and the Ordinariate

By on Monday, 8 November 2010

Cardinals to discuss Church reactions to sexual abuse and the Ordinariate

A day of reflection and prayer ahead of the consistory of cardinals will focus on the abuse crisis, Ordinariates and religious freedom in the world.

Cardinals from around the world have been invited to take part in a day of reflection and prayer before the consistory on November 20.

The talks on the state of religious liberty in the world will be introduced by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Secretary of State, while Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera of the Congregation of Divine Worship will introduce discussion on the role of liturgy in the life of the Church.

In the evening, after vespers, the cardinals will discuss 10 years of Dominus Iesus led by Archbishop Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which will be followed by discussions on “The Church’s response to cases of sexual abuse” and the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, led by Cardinal William Levada, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Vatican announced the day of reflection on the day that five Church of England bishops officially announced their resignations and their intentions to join an Ordinariate when it is established in Britain.

  • Gordon

    This is a good opportunity for the cardinals to look at the serious shortcomings of celibate life and how in so many cases it twists men up and brings for perverts of the worse kind. This is a good time for them to recognize that doing nothing and keeping the status quo is really a sin of omission. Let us hope and pray that the cardinals are honest with themselves and something positive comes out f their discussions…Gord

  • Loyal to the Magisterium

    Gordon my blog explains why celibacy is not to blame for the clerical abuse, perhaps you might want to take a look at it: http://www.loyaltothemagisterium.wordpress.com

  • Klatu141


    The syntax of your first sentence leaves much to be desired, as well as comprehended, by readers. Please, please follow the rules of grammar so respondents do not have to wade through what we may or may not think you really intend for a meaning. Now, on to actual content … what a disservice you do to all the good and celibate priests who understand the gift of celibacy. And how do you explain the many saintly priests through the ages??? They, too, were “perverted” and put into “twisted” situations?? Do not ignore history and only judge the church and her priests from a modern perspective. Take the long view and respect what the Church has and will continue to teach about her priesthood.

  • Gordon

    Some “Catholics” on here sure can be insulting. How is that for syntax Klatu?

    Gentleman, let me qualify. Celibacy does not cause sex abuse and yes sex abuse does come from all walks of life. Yet, much has been written about a unique pathology in the culture of the celibate priesthood.

    Certainly there have been many saintly priests throughout the history of the church. There still are many good celibate priests. While saying this, at the same time I must also say that some men leading a lifestyle of a celibate priest find it a contradiction and have irrepressible sexual urges, that are brought forth in these perverted ways.

    Of course some priests deal with the problem with a secret lover of the opposite sex, even someones wife in many cases. Some deal with it by abusing alcohol. Or abusing people. And many just leave the priesthood because of this forced celibacy. However it is the continuing celibate abuse of children that never seems to stop, that is of such concern to us all. Or at least it should be. I say again this would be a good opportunity for the Cardinals to look at all of these serious problems within the celibate priesthood and change this discipline now!

    A bishop once said to his fellow bishops, on these very matters, ' let us avoid another Galileo affair.'

    When the facts are there. When the abuse goes on and on and nothing is done about it a real and significant way, it is a serious sin on the part of the Church.

  • The Flying Dutchman

    This headline is potentially unfortunate. If one were uncharitable, one might ask whether you were seriously equating sexual abuse with the Ordinariate?

  • Ron

    About time to. I wonder if they'll be any discussion about the role of the priest and his position of power within the community and the attraction this has to paedophiles. If the Cradinals are serious about tackling the abuse they have to understand the profile of the paedophile and why the priesthood attracts them, it goes to the very core of the institutions of the Catholic Church.

  • paul

    Rather than being reactionary, lets try to be honest about the problems the church faces. I really find the idea that pedophiles are attracted to working in the Church as remarkably stupid on their part. With training taking upwards of 8 years in seminary schools, determined pedophiles can find much easier ways to abuse children than to become a priest.

    Therefore if pedophiles are not attracted to the priesthood, the only other answer is that as part of the nature of the job – tremendous power over a congregation, and the children in the parish + extreme solitude + Celibacy
    The nature of the job means that pedophiles are likely to be produced in some cases because of the situation they are put in. (After all nobody is born a pedophile) I am of course not saying that this excuses their actions, but the Church's insistence on celibacy (which originated over 1000 years after the foundation of the Church), must be the reason. If not why is it then that other Christian denominations that do not enforce celibacy have not had anything like the same problems?

  • paul

    I did take a brief look at your blog and one point stood out.
    'Other Christian denominations whose ministers marry/take wives also committed the same crimes.'
    Fair enough, and so has a certain percentage of the population, but this is brushing over the fact that it has hit the Catholic Church inordinately hard – we have had many more cases – and to us celibacy seems like the most obvious reason as it is the only significant factor that could make a difference

  • RJ

    Hi Paul. I think many people would contend that the Church does not have a disproportionately large number of cases, but that it has had a disproportionately large share of attention. This does not negate the fact that child abuse is evil and that the Church should be exemplary.


    This praying is ex opere operato..i.e. it results Benedict's wish..no blame on mendacious,deceitful church officials..just a crisis of faith,laity's faith of course!

  • Philomena Carolan

    It makes no sense to me that in spite of priests abusing children ( in many cases) that Anglicans are coming into the catholic church why?

  • Philomena Carolan

    I totally agree with you in many ways Paul, I really do.

    The reason I say many ways is, there are many good priests who live up to their celibacy, our priest is one of them, he is quite nieve actually it is probably him bieng from Sri Lanka and has parents from Jamaica, some times he doesn't understand what people are saying to him and when he realisers, he rightly tells them off as it is childish but, never the less, I can't help but agree with you.

  • Philomena Carolan

    Gordon, I agree with you one hundrend per cent, and as you say, it is ashame for many, many good and celibate priests that this is happening, a lot of priests are in love with their parishioners and vice versa, many are sufferring through this termoil of the castholic church.

    Something needs to be done, and done NOW! I so agree with you.

  • Philomena Carolan


    I have to disagree with you, then why were a lot of previous popes like St. Peter married and sexually active since pontification? that must mean something, things need changing in the catholic church soon, the sooner the better, everyone can see it is in great termoil, it really is.