Blah, Blah, Blah.
Now, how about some humility and reform instead of
institutionalized arrogance and obstinacy? GS
ZENIT, The world seen from Rome
Irish Prelates Note Regret for Reported Child Abuse
Christian Brothers Congregation Issues Statement of Apology
DUBLIN, Ireland, MAY 21, 2009 (Zenit.org).- After the release of a
report denouncing child abuse in Catholic institutions, the primate of
Ireland expressed the hope that its publication will help heal wounds
and right past wrongs.
Cardinal Sean Brady affirmed this in a statement issued Wednesday, the
same day that Irish Supreme Court Justice Sean Ryan presented the
2,600-page report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse.
The cardinal's statement, publicized on the Irish bishops' conference
Web site, noted that the report "throws light on a dark period of the
Cardinal Brady, archbishop of Armagh, affirmed that the "publication of
this comprehensive report and analysis is a welcome and important step
in establishing the truth, giving justice to victims and ensuring such
abuse does not happen again."
He acknowledged that "great wrong and hurt were caused to some of the
most vulnerable children in our society," and that the report documents
a "shameful catalogue of cruelty: neglect, physical, sexual and
The prelate stated: "I am profoundly sorry and deeply ashamed that
children suffered in such awful ways in these institutions. Children
deserved better and especially from those caring for them in the name
of Jesus Christ."
The cardinal expressed the hope that the publication will help to "heal
the hurts of victims and to address the wrongs of the past."
"The Catholic Church remains determined to do all that is necessary to
make the Church a safe, life-giving and joyful place for children," he
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin released a statement urging "all
church organizations involved in this report" to "seriously examine 
how their ideals became debased by systematic abuse."
He underlined the report's recommendations for safeguarding children in
the future, saying, "We must find ways of ensuring that the cries and
anxieties of children are heard and listened to."
"If we truly regret what happened in the past we must commit ourselves
to a very different future," the archbishop affirmed.
Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam responded in another press release
from the bishops' conference, stating, "I apologize unreservedly, on
behalf of the Church, for our failure to protect children."
He affirmed: "It is good that this report offers the opportunity to
many to have their story heard and believed. In this way I hope and
pray that healing may come about."
The prelate urged constant vigilance for the safety of children, and
emphasized his archdiocese's commitment to this goal.
The Irish agency CiNews reported today that the Christian Brothers
congregation issued a statement of apology in response to the report,
which directed the majority of the abuse allegations against them.
The congregation apologized "openly and unreservedly to all those who
have been hurt either directly or indirectly as a result of the
deplorable actions of some brothers, or by the inaction or
inappropriate action of the congregation as a whole."
The statement continued: "We are deeply sorry for the hurt caused. We
are ashamed and saddened that many who complained of abuse were not
"We acknowledge and regret that our responses to physical and sexual
abuse failed to consider the long-term psychological effects on
The following is 'Fair
and Balanced'; and it is the God's Honest Truth. Now, where
are all the other Bishops?" GS
ZENIT, The world seen from Rome
Denver Prelate Calls Obama Invitation Inexcusable
Says Catholics Have Duty to Defend Life
DENVER, Colorado, MAY 21, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The archbishop of Denver
had some "hard words" for Notre Dame's president, Father John Jenkins,
after last Sunday's commencement.
Archbishop Charles Chaput criticized the university president Monday in
a statement posted on the diocesan Web site, denouncing his decision to
invite U.S. President Barack Obama to give the address to the school's
"There was no excuse -- none, except intellectual vanity -- for the
university to persist in its course," the prelate said. "And Father
Jenkins compounded a bad original decision with evasive and
disingenuous explanations to subsequently justify it."
More than 70 U.S. bishops voiced disagreement with the university's
decision to invite President Barack Obama as the commencement speaker
and bestow on him an honorary law degree. They noted that it went
against the 2004 guidelines set by the U.S. bishops' conference for
Catholic institutions of higher education, which states that schools
should not bestow honors on individuals who "act in defiance" of the
Church's fundamental teachings.
"Let's remember that the debate over President Obama's appearance at
Notre Dame was never about whether he is a good or bad man," Archbishop
Chaput recalled. "The president is clearly a sincere and able man. By
his own words, religion has had a major influence in his life.
"We owe him the respect Scripture calls us to show all public
officials. We have a duty to pray for his wisdom and for the success of
his service to the common good -- insofar as it is guided by right
The prelate also noted as equally important the duty to defend Catholic
teaching on "foundational issues" such as abortion and embryonic
"And we also have the duty to avoid prostituting our Catholic identity
by appeals to phony dialogue that mask an abdication of our moral
witness," Archbishop Chaput said. "Notre Dame did not merely invite the
president to speak at its commencement. It also conferred an
unnecessary and unearned honorary law degree on a man committed to
upholding one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in our nation's
history: Roe v. Wade."
The archbishop accused Father Jenkins of ignoring the concerns of the
local bishop, more than 70 other bishops from around the country,
including the president of the U.S. episcopal conference, as well as
"thousands of Notre Dame alumni and hundreds of thousands of other
"The most vital thing faithful Catholics can do now is to insist -- by
their words, actions and financial support -- that institutions
claiming to be 'Catholic' actually live the faith with courage and
consistency," the archbishop concluded. "If that happens, Notre Dame's
failure may yet do some unintended good."