What do you say now?

carl william spitzer iv cwsiv_2nd at JUNO.COM
Tue May 21 20:42:01 MDT 2002

I beleive the RICO statute as egregious as it is may have found its one
true justification for existance destroying the decades old policys of
coverup and evasion by the catholic church.  It could bankrupt the
catholic church in America but thats the price of this sin.


On Sat, 18 May 2002 13:13:16 -0700 Jim <jnantz2 at INFICAD.COM> writes:
>I found this in today's Arizona Republic.  To those of you who have
>supporting the Catholic Church I have one question.  What do you say
>now?  Do you still support the organization that wants to cover up
>and not turn over perverts to the police?
>Vatican enters sex abuse fray
>New York Times
>May 18, 2002
>An influential canon lawyer at the Vatican has written an article to
>published today in a Vatican-approved Jesuit journal saying that
>should not turn over allegations or records of sexual abuse by priests
>civil authorities.
>The article in the magazine La Civilta Cattolica by the Rev.
>Ghirlanda, dean of the canon law faculty at Gregorian University in
>indicates that influential Vatican officials may disapprove of the
>of U.S. bishops to the recent scandal. Under pressure from prosecutors
>victims' advocates, dozens of bishops have recently turned over
>reports of
>accusations and records to civil authorities.
>Bishops have also been sued in for failing to remove abusive priests.
>Ghirlanda wrote, according to a translation by the Catholic News
>"From a canonical point of view, the bishop or religious superior is
>neither morally nor legally responsible for a criminal act committed
>by one
>of his clerics."
>Roman Catholic sources in the United States say that the comments by
>Ghirlanda and other Vatican officials may serve as a warning to U.S.
>bishops, who are to meet in Dallas next month, not to propose anything
>far-reaching if they try to formulate a binding national policy on
>abuse. Any policy the U.S. bishops produce is subject to approval by

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