It is the most unfortunate pun that the Vatican has been well and truly screwed with their pants on. Seems the UN commission has no regard for legal practicalities or anything else constructive the Church could be doing to root out paedophiles from its ranks. No they’ve got an axe to grind and the big evil Church has proof some of its priests are dodgy but would rather cover it up. Great. I’m going to have to be arguing this over Facebook with non Catholics again aren’t I…
I can well and truly believe that there is incompetence at the highest levels of the Church (its everywhere else too) but a massive conspiracy? If I suspect someone to be a paedophile, but have no proof, there is very little I can do. If I named them I’d be sued and rightly so. We have a system whereby people are supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Why is it that the police haven’t investigated?
Are they suggesting we fire up the inquisition, put people on hot coals and have ourselves a nice big witch hunt? Yes that is exactly what they are suggesting. Along with priests breaking the seal of confession (which is the only thing excommunication could possibly refer to). I’m happy to break it to this idiotic UN commission but even if a priest did break the seal of confession it would be INADMISSIBLE in a court of law.
Paedophilia is heinous crime, they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, but the Catholic Church cannot take over the role of the police, that’s what started the whole mess in the first place. This report is going to make the Vatican batten down the hatches.