Sunday, January 19, 2014

What? The Vatican Lies!?

"The Vatican acknowledged on Friday that close to 400 priests left the priesthood in 2011 and 2012 because of accusations that they had sexually abused children."

Slight problem with this statement in that it is an intentional deception.

It was further explained in "Update: Vatican clarifies number of defrocked priests" that in fact, "Bishop Charles Scicluna, formerly the Vatican's top prosecutor of sexually abusive clergy, said 384 priests left the priesthood – either voluntarily or not - in 2011 and 2012, the last two years of Pope Benedict XVI's papacy."

Did you catch that part about "voluntarily"? If you resign it is not the same thing as being "defrocked." They also conflate all those that were defrocked with those specifically removed for sex-abuse crimes. The number actually includes priests that were removed for supporting women's rights and homosexual's rights. A practice detrimental to basic civil/human rights that the current Pope has continued to enforce.

It should be noted that the number of priests defrocked for sexual abuses during the specified time-frame is actually 125. I am certainly glad that they have been removed but is no where near the 400 claimed. In other words, the Vatican lied to make itself look better without having to actually do much to address the serious issue of pedophile priests.

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