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Blow it our your pointy hat, your Holiness.(CNN) -- A raid at the headquarters of the Catholic Church in Belgium by police investigating child abuse was "deplorable," Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday.
The pope expressed his "closeness and solidarity in this moment of sadness, in which, with certain surprising and deplorable methods, the searches were carried out" in a letter to the head of the Belgian Bishops Conference, Andre Joseph Leonard.
Pope deplores abuse raid on Belgium church HQ - CNN.com
What the rest of the world finds deplorable is the ongoing criminal conspiracy within the Catholic church to shelter pedophile clergymen from justice. Enough is enough. The Church is no longer a law unto itself, and since the Church refuses to either step up and deal with the problem or step aside and let the authorities handle it, it's time for the local authorities to get serious.
Get used to it, Pope Benedict. This is likely just the start.
"It's no exaggeration to say that the undecideds could go one way or another." - George W. Bush
Good on Belgium.
I'd like to see the Church's tax exempt status revoked in this country.
They can have it back when they start playing by the rules of the 20th century (to say nothing of the 21st).
I ♣ Ideologues!
It is really getting to the point that listening to the Pope on the subject of child abuse is just a total waste of time. He is going a long way to show his clear interest is (with plenty of historical support on this) protection for all his various clergymen who like to play with little boys and girls. I agree, it is time for law enforcement to get tough on the Church and its clear intention to protect pedophiles.
- Frustrated Independent
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin
"Every time something really bad happens, people cry out for safety, and the government answers by taking rights away from good people.” - Penn Jillette amazingly enough, and I agree.
Just tear it down. Or turn the whole thing into a museum. There's been enough supervillainry coming from that part over the centuries.
The intellectual journey that had began with Copernicus displacing humans from the centre of the Universe and continued with Darwin’s insistence that humans are merely modified monkeys has finally focused in on the very essence of life. And there was nothing special about it. The double helix is an elegant structure, but its message is downright prosaic: life is simply a matter of chemistry.
- James Watson
I don't see what they have to gain by protecting these perverts.
"They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
What I find amazing is it's taken so long for these raids and related actions to happen.
Shipping off the family pervert to the church is nothing new in western society.
The church has been covering up who is among them for a very long time.
Not to disrupt the lynch mob, but the raid included drilling into coffins with bodies of deceased cardinals in them. I don't know why they did that, but I think most can understand how something like that would offend the sensibilities of Catholic clergy, not to mention your average American.
OK, carry on ...