Catholic bishops -- religious liberty, religion's shame

  • Article by: SUSAN HOGAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 6, 2012 - 10:24 PM

On the 10-year anniversary of a shameful chapter in U.S. Catholic history, bishops are once again portraying themselves as victims.

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chazzboJun. 6, 12 9:00 PM

I agree with your excoriation of the Catholic bureaucracy and its self-serving obfuscation of these abuses, But I also volunteer alongside a former clergy member in his 70s serving the homeless. He is on a sex offender registry and will be there for the rest of his life. He is doing good work now and is respected by the people he serves. I'm just saying there's another dimension in this terrible saga: the possibility of redemption. It's too bad this belief became a shield for evil.

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goferfanzJun. 6, 1210:54 PM

"""for seeking to protect women's access to contraception, no matter their income or employer.""".....And really, can readers have outrage with the endless media bias--> like this "insightful" editorial writer who uses a child abuse topic to make a cheap political point about her beloved President? Susan-->OCP's have been 9 bucks a month for years, mono or tri phasic brands. That's without insurance, employed or not. Birth control is/has been cheap, cheap, cheap..... It's reasons like this (a President running endless 1.5 T deficits who seems clueless about the simplest of facts, ie OCP costs) that Scott Walker reelections happen. Main Street is sick of elitist politicians and their elitist media cheerleaders.

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davewtcJun. 6, 1211:05 PM

@okbrucey Jun. 6, 12 8:57 PM "Statistically, the Catholic Church is now the safest place in the nation for children. " >> What, possibly, are you talking about. Do you even know what "statistically" means. Back up your statement!

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kd5757Jun. 7, 1212:35 AM

"This is largely the efforts of bishops who replaced the highly questionable, and often homosexual, bishops of the past."......heterosexuals and homosexuals are attracted to adults, okbrucey. Pedophiles are attracted to children. Big difference.

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liamusa1942Jun. 7, 12 6:16 AM

There were good reasons why Catholic France, First Daughter of the Church, treated the Catholic hierarchy so ignominiously during the French Revolution. Catholic bishops worldwide have never felt that the French had much to teach them.

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wfzguyJun. 7, 12 7:19 AM

Obviously, the way the church and bishops handle the pedophiles was disastrous. Why the police weren’t informed immediately is baffling. Yes, they changed their policies, there is prompt action when abuse is reported, but I believe more can be done. However, your correlation between the battle of removing religious rights and what happen ten years ago is confusing. I understand that this is an editorial, but your comments seem to be a general message frequently appearing from this newspaper – a dislike with Catholics, a dislike with Republicans, and a flawless view of the President.

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goferfanzJun. 7, 12 7:40 AM

"""Pedophiles are attracted to children. Big difference."""........Yet, in the Catholic cases over 80% of the cases involved ephebophilia, not pedophilia. Almost all of these cases were same sex, aka homosexual. The Boy Scouts meet this week to review their scout leader policy, but who thinks with the thousands of victims/billions of dollars lost in the Catholic debacle--> they will reverse their policy? Again, there are legimate reasons some demographics face "discrimination," never better demonstrated in the Catholic Church experience with gay priests. The Catholic media bias is also evident, as even the Church's worst decades for abuse still had less abuse than found, say, in the public school system, etc. Yet, the latter is rarely reported and often benefits from civil court tort limits. This is our America, and our American media.

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whallingJun. 7, 12 8:46 AM

The Catholic position is to protect life from conception to death. One part of this position is aggressively opposing abortion. Think about how many childrens' lives have begun because they were not aborted due to actions of the church. Fight on to begin more lives.

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cwgmplsJun. 7, 12 9:39 AM

@whalling No, the Catholic position is to impose their religious doctrine on all Americans, and bully politicians who refuse to do so, under the guise of religious liberty. If Americans want to make and enforce a law that life begins at conception, allow the legislatures and courts to do so through a democratic process. Don't impose your doctrine on unwilling, non-Catholic Americans through political bullying and then disguise your political meddling as religious liberty.

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kfhayesJun. 7, 12 9:42 AM

goferfan -- you are a funny guy!

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