First, we have this:
IT’S a lawsuit that’s the first of its kind in Manitoba.
The province has filed a civil suit aimed at seizing the Winnipeg home where a soccer coach allegedly abused a preteen girl who played on his team.
The coach made headlines earlier this year when he was charged with abusing the player between December 2008 and May 2010, beginning when she was 11 years old.
The girl had confided in her coach about family problems and the abuse allegedly escalated to the point where they shared explicit photos with each other and had sex in the man’s Winnipeg home, according to court documents.
The man hasn’t been tried on the criminal charges and remains in jail.
However, provincial officials are now going after his home because they say it was an “instrument” in a serious crime.
“What we’re saying generally to the public is that if you’re using property to assist in a criminal activity, don’t expect to keep that property,” said Gord Schumacher, provincial director of the criminal property forfeiture unit.
And we also have this:
Irish victims of sexual abuse are “disgusted” by a newly revealed letter in which a Vatican official expresses “serious reservations” about requiring bishops to report suspected abuse by priests to police, they said Wednesday.
Abuse survivors will question the cardinal leading a special papal delegation to Ireland about the letter, they said.
“We are disgusted by details revealed in the letter. Many of our members just can’t take this in and have been deeply affected by the revelations,” Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse spokeswoman Margaret McGuckin told CNN.
The 1997 letter from the Vatican’s envoy to Ireland warns bishops to follow church law in investigating cases of suspected child sex abuse by priests.
The envoy expresses “serious reservations” about requiring that such cases be reported to the police.
The Catholic Church has “had an issue” with child abuse nearly as long as their history has been recorded. No need to waste anyone’s time rehashing the facts, its all easily available to find. Too easy to find. Too much evidence. Too many lies by power. No, the question is not do they condone the sexual abuse of children. That answer is yes. The question is, what should be done about it? The church is clearly more interested in deflecting the issue than dealing with it, so we can no longer take anything they claim into account. This is neither an isolated, nor recent issue. If a day care center down the road faced these allegations, they would be investigated, and if proven, the center would cease to exist, and no one would question it at all. So why does the world allow a criminal organization with massive assets, focused to a certain extent on the protection of those who would harm children- why has nothing been done? Is it because of unfocused legalities and jurisdictions? Is it because of Vatican influence? Whatever the reasons, the solution to them all is quite simple. Simple to state, but improbable to imagine.
The Catholic Church must cease to exist.
The church has estimated assets at roughly 52 billion dollars. That figure sounds impossibly low to me, but its large enough. Child abuse costs the United States over 100 billion a year, and that sounds rather high, and its probably inflated as are most social cause statistics, but its still amazingly expensive to contemplate. There is absolutely no reason the victims, their families, or the rest of society should bear the burden of the staggering costs of Church-condoned sexual abuse. It is horror enough the mental and emotional trauma it causes, of which there is no way to say the cost. So the assets of the Catholic Church should be seized, just like the house of the kiddie diddling soccer coach. Sell them for whatever you can get, and spend every last dime on the children. Shut down every church and school, and treat them as the criminals they are- and you don’t allow criminals around your children.
Not if you’re worthy parents, anyway. Some of you continue to put your children into this environment, and I say as a parent, I consider that a dereliction of your duty. And if the only way to get those people away from your children is to dissolve them to the four winds, then I guess your children are worth it. I have Catholic friends that I’m sure this will offend. I am not attacking your faith. That is your own business. I am attacking the criminal organization that has used it to stalk and harm your children. There is no way to explain any difference between the two items I’ve cited. A man placed in a trust position with your children abused that trust and those children, and lost his liberty and his home because of it.
The Catholic Church was placed in exactly the same position with your children, and behaved in exactly the same way- times thousands. Can someone explain to me why they are allowed to continue to do so?
The Catholic Church must cease to exist. Whatever good they have done can be done by other people, with other names. Their good will never outweigh their bad.