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Preacher compares attacks on pope to anti-Semitism
Fri Apr 2, 2010 7:58pm
By Philip Pullella
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Attacks on Pope Benedict and the Catholic Church over a sexual abuse scandal are comparable to the most shameful anti-Semitism, the pontiff’s personal preacher told a Vatican Good Friday service.
Father Raniero Cantalamessa, a Franciscan whose title is “Preacher of the Pontifical Household,” drew the parallel during a “Passion of the Lord” service in St Peter’s Basilica on the day Christians commemorate Jesus’ death by crucifixion.
His comments drew sharp criticism from some Jews and victims of sexual abuse by priests. …
“Shame on Father Cantalamessa,” said Elan Steinberg, vice-president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants.
“The Vatican is entitled to defend itself but the comparison with anti-Semitic persecution is offensive and unsustainable. We are sorely disappointed,” he told Reuters.
This week’s celebrations leading up to Easter Sunday have been clouded by accusations that the Church in several countries mishandled and covered up episodes of sexual abuse of children by priests, some dating back decades.
Shaken by the crisis, the Vatican has accused the media of an “ignoble” attempt to smear the pope at all costs. Some news reports have accused him of negligence in handling sexual abuse cases in previous roles as a cardinal in his native Germany and in Rome.
Victims of sexual abuse also criticized Cantalamessa. “It’s heart-breaking to see yet another smart, high-ranking Vatican official making such callous remarks that insult both abuse victims and Jewish people,” said a spokesman for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).
As revelations of sexual abuse and alleged cover-ups have surfaced almost daily in Europe over the past weeks, the Vatican has said the guilt of individuals who committed crimes, however heinous, cannot be shifted to the pope or the entire Church.
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Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:
Former Mayor Leers escaped abuse
Published: April 3, 2010 07:18
Rotterdam – Prominent Christian Democrat Party member Gerd Leers escaped sexual abuse by a priest during his childhood . The former mayor of Maastricht says this in an interview published Saturday in the daily Algemeen Dagblad.
”There were little monks with sexual needs. I’ve seen, but never experienced”, says Leers.
He says that he has kicked a brother between his legs when he himself was harassed at his school. With a heavy keyring ”I was then beaten on the palms of my hands.”
He says that his faith did not suffer because of this experience, though he does make a remark about the Catholic church. ”How dare you criticize people so strongly about morals, while you tolerate such things?”, the former mayor says.
From the New York Times in the USA:
Exiled Pedophile Priest May Have Continued Abuse
By SUSAN SAULNY and LAURIE GOODSTEIN
Published: April 2, 2010
BOULDER JUNCTION, Wis. — The modest clapboard cottage projects a sense of simple rural peace, nestled amid tall pines on quiet Trout Lake. The house, in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, had been in the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy’s family for years, his getaway in the summer months and his sanctuary where he was sent to retire in 1974, at age 48, after victims of sexual abuse demanded he be removed from work at a school for the deaf near Milwaukee.
But Father Murphy’s time around Boulder Junction was not so secluded, according to recent interviews with people who live in the area and Roman Catholic Church documents.
Those interviews and documents suggested that Father Murphy, who is accused of molesting as many as 200 boys at the school near Milwaukee, also used his family’s lakefront cottage as a lure in his sexual advances, bringing youths from the school into his home beginning at least in the early 1960s.
What has recently come to light in fresh documents and interviews is that he was in the company of boys not only from the Milwaukee area but in the Northwoods region. Two in the area have accused Father Murphy of abuse, one at the isolated family cottage and the other, as late as 1978, at a youth detention center near Boulder Junction. …
Donald Marshall, 45, of West Allis, Wis., said last week in an interview that Father Murphy had molested him at the Lincoln Hills School for Boys, a detention center near Boulder Junction.
Irish Catholic Church has lost “all credibility” after abuse scandal, head of Anglican Church says: here.