W. Mass. priest calls for pope to resign

W. Mass. priest calls for pope to resign

There are 27 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Apr 12, 2010, titled W. Mass. priest calls for pope to resign. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

A Roman Catholic priest from western Massachusetts who's been a longtime critic of the church's handling of the clergy abuse crisis has called on Pope Benedict XVI to step down.

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SMP TURLISH

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Apr 12, 2010
Sadly there are also examples of state authorities making deals with bishops that avoided any kind of prosecution, even though some had to admit guilt to get the deal. In a shameless act of pure hubris, the bishops specifically chose not to hold themselves to the same standards of accountability they drew up for ordinary priests.

When are people of good will going to say, enough!

When are state legislators going to change the laws so that justice can be pursued for the thousands upon thousands of victims of childhood sexual abuse who have been unable to access let alone obtain justice?

In most states and probably in most countries, existing criminal as well as civil laws give more protection to sexual predators and their enablers then they do to victims of childhood sexual abuse by anyone. The problems with statutes of limitation which have expired are probably much the same in Germany and other European countries as they have been is in so many jurisdictions in the United States.

This is deplorable and should not be the case.

The removal of all statutes of limitation in regard to the sexual abuse of children is the single, most effective way to hold predators and enabling institutions accountable before the law. More than that, window legislation allows a set time frame for previously time barred cases of sexual abuse by anyone.

It is possible to change the laws in order to give some semblance of justice to those ravaged at so tender an age. What is needed to effect that change is the will to hold all sexual predators of children accountable along with any enabling individuals or institutions.

The state of Delaware is one of a very few number of states in the United States which has removed all criminal and civil statutes of limitation in regard to the sexual abuse of children by anyone. It also legislated a two year civil window for previously time barred cases, again, by anyone. That window closed in July of 2009. Delaware also has a civil registry for those judged responsible under civil statutes.

In a civil suit, unlike a criminal suit, the burden of proof that any sexual abuse took place is on the plaintiff. The burden is not on the accused individual or institution to prove innocence, at least not in the United States.

Every victim of childhood sexual abuse should have a right to the pursuit of justice at the very least!
RealSheryl

East Stroudsburg, PA

#22 Apr 12, 2010
SMP TURLISH wrote:
Sadly there are also examples of state authorities making deals with bishops that avoided any kind of prosecution, even though some had to admit guilt to get the deal. In a shameless act of pure hubris, the bishops specifically chose not to hold themselves to the same standards of accountability they drew up for ordinary priests.
When are people of good will going to say, enough!
When are state legislators going to change the laws so that justice can be pursued for the thousands upon thousands of victims of childhood sexual abuse who have been unable to access let alone obtain justice?
In most states and probably in most countries, existing criminal as well as civil laws give more protection to sexual predators and their enablers then they do to victims of childhood sexual abuse by anyone. The problems with statutes of limitation which have expired are probably much the same in Germany and other European countries as they have been is in so many jurisdictions in the United States.
This is deplorable and should not be the case.
The removal of all statutes of limitation in regard to the sexual abuse of children is the single, most effective way to hold predators and enabling institutions accountable before the law. More than that, window legislation allows a set time frame for previously time barred cases of sexual abuse by anyone.
It is possible to change the laws in order to give some semblance of justice to those ravaged at so tender an age. What is needed to effect that change is the will to hold all sexual predators of children accountable along with any enabling individuals or institutions.
The state of Delaware is one of a very few number of states in the United States which has removed all criminal and civil statutes of limitation in regard to the sexual abuse of children by anyone. It also legislated a two year civil window for previously time barred cases, again, by anyone. That window closed in July of 2009. Delaware also has a civil registry for those judged responsible under civil statutes.
In a civil suit, unlike a criminal suit, the burden of proof that any sexual abuse took place is on the plaintiff. The burden is not on the accused individual or institution to prove innocence, at least not in the United States.
Every victim of childhood sexual abuse should have a right to the pursuit of justice at the very least!
I worked for the gov't for a LONG time...talk about cover-ups!!
Mother Teresa Devotee

Middletown, NY

#23 Apr 13, 2010
A 4th unknown prophecy not revealed by the church was issued by fatima. Women will be put in control of the church.
Aiding and Abetting

United States

#24 Apr 13, 2010
I believe he sould resign. Covering up is the same as doing it himself. I find him disgusting!
hocus pocus

Clockville, NY

#25 Apr 16, 2010
Guy Hawkes asked: Why not simply allow priests to marry?

When a bishop was asked this same question, he said it would be ridiculous to allow priests to marry 10 year old boys.!
brush hill bob

Lebanon, PA

#26 Apr 16, 2010
isn't it possible to worship God as good christians without belonging to a corrupt organized church? how many people throughout history have been killed in the name of God ?
rider

Marquette, MI

#27 Jun 11, 2010
Boy's Town Abuse!
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