“Advocacy group calls on Cardinal George to resign”

“Do as I say, not as I do.”

From the Trib: “Advocacy group calls on Cardinal George to resign”

Resign? He should be in prison.

4 Comments so far

  1. Dave! (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 4:23 pm

    Sort of…

    I see the conflict of Catholic leaders in this mess. If you *are* a Christian–a true Christian–you kind of have to forgive even the child molesters, like it or not. If you don’t, you might still be religious, you might believe in a vengful, wrathful god, but you are judging your fellow man and Christ ain’t down with that. Unless I’m really not up with the teachings of Christ (which I’ll admit could be a real possibility) it’s not the _Christian_ thing to do.

    That said, personally, I think he’s a right asshat for putting kids in harms way.

  2. nikkos (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 4:33 pm

    Don’t fall for that old smokescreen Dave! The Church has a legal obligation to report crimes and criminal behavior to the police. Period.

    I worked at a church-sponsored youth camp back in the day, and I can remember having to sit through hour after hour of lectures and sessions educating us on exactly what our legal responsibilities and duties were. If a camper told you that Mommy and Daddy beat her/him, it was my duty under the law to report that to the authorities. If a camper told you that Mommy or Daddy or their sick priest or pastor was touching them in a wrong way, it was my duty to report that to the authorities.

    The fact that Catholics- supposedly people of Christ- have allowed these despicable human beings to persist in their positions of power and have allowed this abuse to continue tells you all you need to know about the modern day Catholic church in America.

    When will the real Catholics stand up and DEMAND change from their church? Never?

  3. Dave! (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 10:26 pm

    I’m not falling for anything… I understand the legal obligation (and *I* think there is a moral obligation, too). But I can _see_ how a leader of the church could be legitimately conflicted about it.

    “Real” Catholic would imply “real” Christian… which doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t/can’t demand accountability–but it also means forgiving the sinner. Doesn’t it?

  4. nikkos (unregistered) on March 1st, 2006 @ 8:37 am

    I’m all for forgiveness. However, before forgiveness comes the acceptance of responsibility and the payment of one’s debt to society. Rather than accept responsibility and the consequences which flow from that, the church has- over a period of DECADES- conspired to remain silent, to shuttle “problem” priests from diocese to diocese; in essence, to look the other way.

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