I was overtaken by events today – tired. I have a few more final comments to make on the Pembroke Priest thread – will do so tomorrow.
Meanwhile, please take the time to read this:
29 August 2010: Belgian Church Leader Urged Abuse Victim to Keep Silent
This is extremely disturbing. A Cardinal trying to silence a victim of long term abuse – actually warning the victim not to drag the name of his abuser through the mud! The abuser was a Roman Catholic bishop and the victim’s uncle.
Read it. I am sick at heart after reading it.
It’s beyond disgusting. There are no words.
What kind of sick perverted mind would speak like that?
A cardinal no less!
I am amazed that the victim had the foresight and presence of mind to tape the two meetings. It’s all on tape. Good for him. No one can twist his words now.
So, here’s a Belgian case where sex abuse by a bishop was reported by a priest to the Cardinal years ago. The priest was berated. The molesting bishop was allowed to continue shepherding his unwitting flock.
This year, when the victim tried to have the abuse by his Bishop/uncle addressed, the same cardinal actually told him point blank not to drag the bishop’s and name through the mud.
And, look at this. The Cardinal pushing the victim to remain silent:
“The bishop will resign next year, so actually it would be better for you to wait…I don’t think you’d do yourself or him a favor by shouting this from the rooftops.”
” I don’t think you’d do yourself or him a favour by shouting this from the rooftops”?!!!
No matter, the victim’s response, on tape:
“He has dragged my whole life through the mud, from 5 until 18 years old….Why do you feel sorry for him and not for me?”
I hope the man is charged. I don’t know what he can be charged with, but I hope there is something in the Belgian Criminal Code which warrants the laying of charges in this case.
And need I even say that I think Daneels should be laicized? Need I even say that I shudder at the thought that a man like this might vote in a conclave?
Is it just me, or is there something here which stirs thoughts and understanding of the Pembroke Priests for Justice, Truth & Integrity ?
Enough for now