Thursday, February 28, 2008

She was two. Now she's four.

Johnny brought my attention to this article. "Priest can't be prosecuted for failing to report abuse" in the Herald Sun, an Australian newspaper.

A young father sexually mollested his two year old daughter. Being the good christian man that he was, he confessed his sin to his priest.

"Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. I touched my little girl in her private place. I made her put her hand on my naughty place. She's only two Father, what should I do?"

"My son...Jesus died on the cross to forgive you for all your sins. No sin is so great that it cannot be washed away by the blood of the Lamb. Please...I can see how troubled you are by this, my son. Bring your family and move in with me for a short time. And I will help you and yours towards righteousness."

After the Priest entertained the little girl, her father and her mother in his home for a short time, he declared them ready to return to their own home.

I wonder if Father O'Feely got in a diddle or two while the child was enduring his hospitality?

Now two years later, the father has turned himself in at the police station.

"Can I help you?"

"Yes. My daughter, she's four now, cute as a button she is. Anyway, I... well you see officer... I touched her twinky. I like touching her twinky. It makes me feel glittery. Is that wrong of me? I talked to my priest about it and we spent a few weeks at a retreat at his house and then he sent me home. But I'm starting to not feel so right with god about this anymore. What should I do?"

That priest did nothing about the abuse. He told no one. He offered no real intervention. He stood aside and allowed it to continue. By sanctioning the father's behavior, he is guilty and should be prosecuted fully.

By not requiring a priest to report sexual abuse the church proclaims to one and all that the sanctity of the confessional is more important than a child's life.

Big surprise coming from a religion that absolves the sinner of all personal responsibility for their sins.

"Go my son and sin no more. But if you do sin, you know where to find me. And bring your daughter around with you next time."


Poodles said...

He should get all of his appendages cut off and shoved down his throat.

Ok, now I feel better.

This is what happens when we let religions have so much power and "sanctity" in our society. The priest should be locked up, with a very large prisoner, who was molested by a priest.

Reg Golb said...

"But clergymen are not subject to mandatory reporting laws and the priest will not be charged."

Who wrote and passed the law?
It should be changed and the atheist movement in Australia should get the ball rolling.

I personally find it disgusting that the people of Australia or any country would allow this. Is it the same here is the US?

"By not requiring a priest to report sexual abuse the church proclaims to one and all that the sanctity of the confessional is more important than a child's life." You mean the Catholic church.

Fiery said...

See for yourself how many priests are conflicted about having to report known sexual offenders.

U.S. clergy mandatory report sexual abuse

Fiery said...

You mean the Catholic church.

If the cowl fits.

Protium said...

jail and chemical sterilisation for these fucks... me thinks!

Fiery said...

Amen brother!

Thump Thump Eyes said...

Oh come on everyone, we all know the church is a law unto itself!

Not only in Australia, but all over the world!

In some states in the US mandatory reporting has been introduced and accepted, except when you read what the Catholic church actually says about this, you realise that its just a load of bunkum! Judiciary.htm

"It bears restating that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington has been publicly supporting mandatory reporting for clergy for over a year now. In fact, we have been voluntarily practicing mandatory reporting since May of last year. But, we have also strongly stated that the sanctity of the confessional must be respected and protected by any legislation. As priests, we are absolutely forbidden from disclosing what we hear in confession in any manner and for any reason. The reasoning behind the mandate has been explained in Church teachings as follows:
“Conscious that he has come to know the secret of another’s conscience only because he is God’s minister, the confessor is bound by the obligation of preserving the seal of confession absolutely unbroken” Introduction to the Rite of Penance. Congregation of the Divine Worship December 2, 1773

It goes on to say that the confessional is not only there to help the sinner, but the victim as well is offered the opportunity to go to confession.

WHAT THE HELL IS WITH ALL THIS, ITS SICK, the following is how they see it!

"And please remember, the same seal of confession that protects the sinner also serves to heal the innocent. A terrible side effect of child sexual abuse, for instance, is the assumption of guilt by the innocent victim. The grieving, injured child, seeking solace and forgiveness from his misplaced guilt and shame, seeks out the same confessional privacy for help. Therefore, the promised secrecy of the confessional may also help a victim take the first step to healing when he learns of his innocence and is offered further help. So the sanctity of the confessional not only protects sinners but offers help and healing to innocents through early intervention."


Richard said...

Yeah, you got to love that God stuff. They've got you --coming and going. If you're bad, well, that's okay, you don't have to do anything about it in this world!

If you're a victim: we'll be nice to you once you're dead! As for while you're alive; "God works in mysterious ways".

There's a license for every crime imaginable!

And if there's nothing after you're dead, then what? You're only life is fucked!

Put the F'ing priests in jail, then put the Pope in with them. Maybe he will end up as someone's Bitch!

Then, when all is said and done, send in the Exorcist. He can torture them until they drown, or die in some similar way. God knows, those priests have ruined enough (millions upon millions) lives --my use of 'God' is purely euphemistic.

Thump Thump Eyes said...

Yeah well Dog knows, jail would be good for them they're already in their dresses, go bitches!!

Just today in the news another bunch of bastards reported to have slithered their way into the church and been singing in the choir with children and leading bible classes...,23599,23301087-2,00.html

"BRISBANE'S Holy Trinity Anglican Church has been dubbed the "Unholy Trinity" after it has been revealed a pedophile, an alleged pedophile and a practising priest with his own seedy past are leading its Sunday services.

Following revelations in The Courier-Mail this week that convicted pedophile priest Robert Sharwood, who was released from jail only three months ago, has been allowed to sing in the choir with children, it has now been discovered that Canon Barry Greaves, who will stand trial on child sex charges in August, participates in bible readings...

"Their role in the Fortitude Valley church has been approved by the Parish Council, headed by rector Trevor Bulled, who was convicted of indecent behaviour in a public toilet almost 20 years ago."

They never give up do they, and no one really stops them, they've obviously been forgiven for past offences by confessing and its all hunky dory, its time it was all brought to an end, normal people of the world unite and stop these bastards!