US Bishop: abuse crisis not about ‘policies’ but priests comitting ‘evil’

US Bishop: abuse crisis not about ‘policies’ but priests comitting ‘evil’

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ARLINGTON, Virginia, August 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Virginia Bishop Michael Burbidge said the Catholic Church’s sex abuse crisis isn’t about lack of diocesan policies, rather, it’s about “evil” being committed by priests and bishops.

“Priests and bishops should not need policies to keep from committing immoral acts or to report heinous crimes to the authorities. We should need only a well-formed conscience, a commitment to Jesus Christ, and fidelity to the promises of our vocation,” he said in a statementTuesday.

Explaining that he was ordained a bishop the same year the US Bishops enacted their Charter for the Protection of Children and Young Peoplein 2002, Burbidge said he’d implemented the Charter’s policies throughout his time as a bishop, and offered assurance to members of his diocese that abuse allegations were reported to authorities and assessed by the Arlington diocesan review board.

But, he said, policies do not give a full accounting of the sexual abuse scandal.

“Policies are essential,” Bishop Burbidge said, “and they must continue to be implemented and followed.”

“This crisis, however, is not only about policies,” he stated, “it is about evil, the moral failings of priests, and at times a lack of courage and integrity on the part of bishops and other Church leaders.”

Burbidge wrote that he shared the suffering of victims of sexual abuse by clergy, as well as “the suffering of all who have lost trust and confidence in leaders of our Church.”

He said he felt anger and shame upon hearing about sexual abuse allegations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and the “horrific accounts” in the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and he apologized to the victims.

Evil must be rooted out, the bishop wrote, and young people must be protected.

The bishops said further that it’s natural for people to question their trust in the Church right now, but implored readers to, “Please always remember that Christ is Head of the Church and that he never fails us.”

Requesting prayers for the priests of the diocese, Burbidge said, “While the Lord in his divinity works through his bishops and priests, at times they in their humanity fail to protect the flock, even in the most disturbing ways.”

Fall-out continues since the Pennsylvania grand jury report’s release last week and revelations in June of allegations against disgraced now ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick for abusing a minor. Members of the Catholic laity are increasingly calling for answers from Church leadership for how the abuse crisis was allowed to happen and continuefor decades.

Since the McCarrick accusations were reported additional allegations against the disgraced cardinal have surfaced, unveiling that the actionsof “Uncle Ted” – as he had dubbed himself to his targets – were a widely known “secret” in the Church and some media.

The exposure of McCarrick’s reported abuse of seminarians and young priests also prompted victims of other abusers to come forward with their experiences, signaling a widespread institutional network of same-sex abuse.

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2 comments on “US Bishop: abuse crisis not about ‘policies’ but priests comitting ‘evil’

  1. “We should need only a well-formed conscience, a commitment to Jesus Christ, and fidelity to the promises of our vocation.”

    My laugh of the day.

    Explaining that he was ordained a bishop the same year the US Bishops enacted their Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002, Burbidge said he’d implemented the Charter’s policies throughout his time as a bishop…

    Lovely. The charter can be found here. Look on page 8:
    “ARTICLE 12. Dioceses/eparchies are to maintain “safe environment” programs …”

    Hmmm. Why doesn’t the charter define these? Well, you go to the USCCCP’s document on Safe Environment here and find on page 4:

    “Lessons in safety training for children will include annual training with ongoing reinforcement at home. Age appropriate lessons in safety training will begin no later than kindergarten and continue through high school.

    (my emphasis) Kindergarten? Hmmm. Reading on, we get to

    The criteria are divided by age groups, with the following points appropriate for all grade levels:
    * Parts of our bodies are considered private and we respect these in self and others.
    * I am a person loved by God and deserving of respect.
    * There is a difference between safe and unsafe touch.
    * It is all right to say “no” to violation of personal space.
    * It is important to report abuse of self or others until one is believed.
    * There are strategies to help protect oneself.

    They recommend (i.e., their lawyers recommend) the VIRTUS program. “VIRTUS’ child program is entitled Touching Safety.

    The bastards. They molest teenage boys and then consequently force KINDERGARTNERS!!! to learn how adults might touch their privates. Please God and St. Maria Goretti, this all flies over their heads. But it’s tantamount to molesting their little minds. This is to be handled by parents ONLY, only as they see fit, and exactly as they wish to communicate it or not, i.e., not by some lawyer’s program implemented in a classroom! The goal? Reduce liability, of course. Bastards. Then they continue it through the grades, mixed with sex-ed, of course, to desensitize the children, readying them for the bishops and priests to harvest their fresh meat.

    Every creep bishop who implemented touching programs for children must be removed immediately.

  2. P.S. It’s because of these apostate bishops and priests, their ranks filled with fems and fags, their modernist doctrines, and their sex-desensitization programs that my wife and I never even considered going to diocesan parishes or sending our children to their schools. We’d send our kids to a government school first.

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