London-calling...

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Sun, 04-11-2010 - 9:42pm

NPR's "On the Media" covered the Vatican's response to the sex abuse scandal today. Did you catch it by any chance? I didn't hear the whole thing. The part I heard was about how the Vatican just doesn't operate from a public relations-driven standpoint. Used to thinking in terms of centuries rather than minutes, it tends to respond clumsily to these type of things. The commentator also said that the current anti-pope sentiment is rather ironic, given that Pope Benedict is the only pope to meet with victims, the only pope to apologize, and before he became pope was one of the biggest champions of bringing this into the open and removing problem priests.


The story might be here: http://www.onthemedia.org/. I haven't had the chance to listen to hear if that's the story I caught.


I just thought you might be interested.


Polly

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Registered: 03-28-2003
In reply to: prdir
Mon, 04-12-2010 - 10:44pm

As a public relations professional, I have to object to you calling a cover-up a PR move. PR is about bringing things to light -- in the most favorable way possible, certainly, but also honestly. And there are plenty of people on Twitter without any p.r. sense whatsoever.


I understand that the bishops don't work for the Vatican. Funny how

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In reply to: prdir
Tue, 04-13-2010 - 10:29am

Perhaps your diocese is handling things differently. Are your officials failing to prosecute? That would anger me. Have you written to your attorney general about it?


Yes, crime gets "dealt with" within the limits of the law. Those who aren't outside the statute of limitations have been "dealt with" -- both in criminal and civil court. Those who escaped prosecution via

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Registered: 08-11-2007
In reply to: prdir
Tue, 04-13-2010 - 6:06pm

I do find it horrible that in the past higher us have tried to sweep this sort of abuse under the rug and move these preist from parish to parish as if they never did anything wrong.If someone did that in the past they should have to answer for why they did it,even if it was 25/30 or however many years ago,because someone who has had stuff like that done to them will probably never get over it and to them the past is not just the past.I will sya that I think our siosese has handle cases pretty well and they have done so for the past 20 years or.So Recently the preist who was assigned to our parish was accused of such a crime,and this crime happened in the late 70's,as soon as the accuation came to light he was dismissed from our church and put on adminstrative leave.They did find the complaint to be crediable,so he is not allowed anywhere near children.He was actually accused of molesting a 14 year old girl(same age as my dd).But the Bishop sent letters out telling us exactly what was going on and assuring us that this man was nowhere near our kids.Orginally he was assigned to a convent,but he had to leave there because children has access to the convent.


 

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Registered: 02-03-2009
In reply to: prdir
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 6:39am
....I'm frustrated with this issue for 2 reasons...first, I'm old school Catholic...my grandparents and parents would never have taken the attitude of "if you can't trust a priest alone camping/swimming/sleeping with your child, who can you trust?"...too many times parents turned their heads and then did not want to pursue the issue for fear of embarrassment or not wanting to traumatize their children further...secondly, the church did cover and keep quiet...period...for whatever reason...those involved in that cover-up/quieting should be held responsible...Benedict included...
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In reply to: prdir
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 7:17am
I agree with you.we should never go back to a time where people are embarassed to speak up,so evereyone invoved in any type of cover up should be held accoutable,no matter how long ago it was.When stuff like this is not sweep under the table people realize how evil it is and it makes it easier to get under control. would have hated to have been a victim 20 years ago and have someone just move the preist on to a different parish.Kind of makes you understand why many did not speak up.

 

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Registered: 04-02-2009
In reply to: prdir
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 8:45am
I don't think all the blame can be put on the Church. If someone has a crime committed against them, they need to do more than talk to the accused's boss (ie; the priest's bishop).... when there is a crime, you go to the police.....it's not up to the Church to prosecute criminals, that's not their job...it's the job of police and courts...
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Renee


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In reply to: prdir
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 4:29pm

Actually, it kind of is their job.

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In reply to: prdir
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 5:47pm
Wow.... thanks for that information. I had no idea... learn something new every day

Renee


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Mom to: Madeleine, James, Abigail, Theresa & John


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Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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In reply to: prdir
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 6:44pm
That should have read civilly.....And you are right that parents/victims should take it to civil court as well.