Monday, February 08, 2010

Church will never stop condemning abuse, states Pope Benedict

Vatican City, Feb 8, 2010 / 11:01 am (CNA).- The Holy Father met with members of the Pontifical Council for the Family on Monday to mark the start of their 19th Plenary Assembly. In his address, he stressed the importance of providing for the rights of children, including an intact family with a mother and father.

To begin the Plenary Assembly, which follows the theme of "The Rights of Infancy" this year, Pope Benedict XVI emphasized the role of the Church in the protection of children, saying that "through the centuries, by the example of Christ, (it) has promoted the protection of the dignity and rights of minors and, in many ways, has taken care of them."

"Unfortunately," he lamented, "in different cases, some of its members, acting in contrast with this commitment, have violated these rights: a behavior that the Church doesn't and will never stop deploring and condemning."

One upcoming example of this commitment will be when the Pope meets with the bishops of Ireland next week to address the sexual and physical abuse recently brought to light by the Ryan Report. The Pope had previously his declared "outrage" and "anguish" upon learning the details of the transgressions and has since accepted the resignation of one of the four bishops who was included in the report for having ignored abuse.

Speaking to the members of the Pontifical Council for the Family on Monday, the Holy Father pointed to the lesson to be learned from Jesus, "who considered children a model to imitate to enter the kingdom of God." The Pope also highlighted Christ's "tenderness and teaching" that call us to nurture “profound respect and care" for children.

"The strong words of Jesus against whomever scandalizes one of these little ones oblige everyone not to lower the level of this respect and love," the Holy Father emphasized.

The Pope added that the greatest help you can offer a child is a family "founded on matrimony between a man and a woman" because "they want to be loved by a mother and a father that love one other."

He stressed the need of children to grow up with both parents, "because the maternal and paternal figures are complementary in the education of children and the construction of their personalities and identities."

"It's important then,” he noted, “that everything possible is done to allow them to grow up in a united and stable family," urging married couples to never forget the deep sacramental roots of matrimony and to nurture them with prayer, listening to the Word of God, constant dialogue and forgiveness.

See also:

From Zenit, "Benedict XVI's Address to Family Council: 'Raise Awareness of the Fundamental Value of the Family'"

From Catholic News Service: News Briefs, Feb-8-2010, "Church committed to children, defends the right to a family, pope says"

From Asia News, "Pope: a guidebook for engaged couples preparing for marriage"

From, "Church must keep up guard versus pedophilia: Pope"

From AP via Yahoo! News, "Pope Benedict XVI condemns child abuse by priests"

From Bloomberg, "Pope Says Some Priests ‘Violated’ Rights of Children (Update2)"

And From
YouTube-Vatican's Channel:

Pope: Children have the right to grow up in a united family
February 8, 2010


At 8:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pope says he regrets “the actions of some members of the clergy who have betrayed their solemn promises to God, as well as the trust placed in them by the victims and their families, and by society at large.” It seems that the pope wants to pass the responsibility to some ‘black sheep’ in his church, without raising the question himself as to where all this crime in his church has its roots. Jesus himself did not exclude women; on the contrary, they were among his disciples. Enforced celibacy has no biblical foundation at all. So shouldn’t the pontiff ask himself what he and his church still have in common with the teachings of the greatest prophet of all times, Jesus of Nazareth?

When the pope “intends to address a Pastoral Letter to the faithful of Ireland in which he will clearly indicate the initiatives that are to be taken in response to the situation”, may we hope that he will decide to take steps towards the one whom he and his church claims to speak for, namely, Jesus of Nazareth?

What would Jesus of Nazareth say if He were to come to the Earth again and see what the Church – which claims to speak for Him – has made of His life’s work?

I find honest the view of a small group in Germany called "The Free Christians for the Christ of the Sermon on the Mount in All Cultures Worldwide." They have taken the Catholic Church to task and have filed a lawsuit against the Archbishopric of Freiburg as representing the Catholic Church, enjoining it from continuing to call itself "Christian." Their arguments are sound and quite valid and available for study. The pervasive child abuse of clerics within the church is one reason why they do not want to remain silent any longer on the, as they put it, "brazen labelling fraud," with which "Christ is mocked and His name abused to such an extent." Perhaps your readers would like to check them out:


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