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VATICAN INTRODUCES NEW RULES TO MAKE CHILD ABUSE HARDER
July 16 2010
Vatican City – As God’s representatives on Earth, the Church has been doing a very poor job of late. Embroiled in controversy after controversy, the biggest of which has been the ongoing sexual abuse scandal, the Catholic Church has fallen far from the
enlightened status it was designed to possess. Whatever the truth lying behind the secrecy of the Church, the reality is the questions and controversies unto themselves have eroded the facade of the church and in the process damaged the religion they represent and even the otherworldly presence they claim to embody.
Of course because the Church is a creation of man, it was bound to be flawed. Even in Christian philosophy man was built flawed, an effort to keep us separated from the Holy. Priests and nuns are themselves of that same flawed flesh and so it makes sense that occasional weak moments afflict even those who have dedicated their lives to upholding the best of humanity. While it is unlikely that something as drastic as the abandonment of the Church or the Christian faith might occur, the eroding public confidence has certainly put a dent in the armour of the institution. In response to that, the Church has introduced sweeping new reforms that will make the sexual abuse of children much, much harder.
“If civil law requires you report, you must obey civil law. It's not for canonical legislation to get itself involved with civil law. This gives a signal that we are very, very serious in our commitment to promote safe environments and to offer an adequate response to abuse. If more changes are needed, they will be made,” said chief Vatican prosecutor Monsignor Charles Scicluna. “We believe these rules will make sexual abuse much harder and for those who do engage in this type of activity a much stiffer reaction will be had. This is the most comprehensive review of these cases that the church has ever undertaken.”
Amongst the new rules are an extended statute of limitations and a more streamlined process for the defrocking of convicted priests.
“The Church has, frankly, dealt very poorly with this issue from the beginning. Even
ignoring all the cover-ups and lies that have gone on in the past, the denial that anything was going wrong and that anything needed to be done was what was doing the most damage. By confessing their sins they could have moved on, but they decided to not do that and argue that they had done no wrong, that has been their biggest failing in all of this,” said Scrape TV Religion analyst Bertram Gas. “It appears though that they have finally taken the criticism to heart and are setting about rectifying the situation, not only making the punishment for these crimes much more severe, but also starting to better the Church’s view in the world. They have let everyone know that they will be hard on sex abuse.”
The new set of rules also affects how sexual abuse cases involving mentally handicapped people will be dealt.
“Ultimately you want sex abuse to be hard. You want it to be a tough and brutal process that ends with a feeling of satisfaction on one end and a feeling of shame and guilt on the other. The Church has finally started to see this thing as everyone else sees it and that is a good thing, not just for these cases, but for life in general,” continued Gas. “They realize that they have been too soft in these sex abuse cases and by going this route they are ensuring that a whole generation will grow up with a completely different view on the church and its representatives.”
The Pope himself is reportedly the one who directed the new hard measures to be implemented.
William Ashford, Business Correspondent