The ‘smoking gun’ in sex-abuse crisis?

The ‘smoking gun’ in sex-abuse crisis?

Irish broadcasters have provided to the Associated Press a 1997 Vatican letter to Irish bishops that is being described as “the smoking gun” that proves the Church promoted the cover-up of crimes by pedophile priests.

The story can be found here.

As a committed Catholic, I hurt when I see stories like this. But I do believe the only way the Church and its faithful can heal is by being open about the situation and discussing it.

We have to move forward honestly and prayerfully. That’s not to say we don’t get to be angry, but we need to channel that anger into something meaningful.

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  • Llcrna94

    pissed off.hurt.

  • Traditionaltroubleshooter

    The smoking gun reference is made by apostate small c catholic groups looking for any reason to squeeze money and other progressive “change” from the church. Read it carefully, only the steeple-chasing lawyers and those that deny the homosexual problem in the church will see anything but advice on following proper procedures when handling accusations. Now breathe deeply and go back to feel good happy clappy modernist writing. By the way, your description of yourself as a committed catholic is strange because the editors of the National Catholic Reporter are also committed catholics.

  • TD

    Is there any way to view the original letter? The only way the Vatican will ever get the truth it is by…TELLING THE TRUTH. A good way to start would be by publishing the letter. If the media is by unfair, jumping to conclusions, etc….show us the letter! I love the Church. It’s very flawed. But it’s all we’ve got.