Pope Francis calls for Pedophile Priests to turn themselves into justice:
“To those who abuse minors I would say this: convert and hand yourself over to human justice, and prepare for divine justice,”
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Church calls for legislation to remove laws that protect pedophiles from justice to be dropped.
Today in New York, Pennsylvania, and many other states, pedophile priests who responsibly confess their sins to human justice could also be protected by it.
They would not be charged with many crimes where, like Bill Cosby and Jerry Sandusky, they are protected by statutes of limitations that allow the crimes to expire. Protecting pedophiles, including priests, and child molestors and putting our children at risk.
The Roman Catholic Church is spending millions of dollars lobbying against these laws that will hold them, and other public and private institutions, responsible for the crimes they aid and abet.
You know, hold them responsible just like the rest of us.
It’s time to hold pedophiles responsible. Even if they’re priests.
It’s time to hold pedophiles responsible. Especially if they’re priests.
Pope Francis used one of his major annual Christmas speeches to offer some of his strongest words yet on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic church, telling guilty priests that the church won’t protect them and they should turn themselves in.
“To those who abuse minors I would say this: convert and hand yourself over to human justice, and prepare for divine justice,” Francis said in a speech at the Vatican on Friday.
He promised major steps to prevent abuse would emerge from a February summit of bishops — a renewed commitment for a pope who has been criticized as weak in his response to abuse.
Speaking to the Roman Curia — the central governing leadership of the Vatican — Francis described at length the sinfulness of priests who prey on children. “Often behind their boundless amiability, impeccable activity and angelic faces, they shamelessly conceal a vicious wolf ready to devour innocent souls,” he said, in remarks that drew often on the example of the sinful biblical King David. “Let it be clear that before these abominations the Church will spare no effort to do all that is necessary to bring to justice whosoever has committed such crimes. The church will never seek to hush up or not take seriously any case.”
He admitted that the church has in the past “treated many cases without the seriousness and promptness that was due. That must never happen again. This is the choice and the decision of the whole church.”
Francis was speaking Friday morning to global leaders of a church that has seen abuse scandals break out on nearly every continent in recent years, from Australia to Chile to Ireland to the United States.
In the U.S., two developments drew new attention to clergy abuse this summer — a major Pennsylvania grand jury report, which documented allegations of crimes by more than 300 priests and inspired similar criminal and civil investigations in over a dozen states; and the removal of ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a longtime leader in the church who was accused this summer of sexual misconduct toward minors and adults.