Austrian abuse phoneline recieves 566 unique callers

Via the Guardian:

Earlier this week it was revealed that an Austrian abuse phoneline had received 566 separate abuse claims since its launch in January. Local reports said a quarter related to sexual abuse, another quarter involved physical abuse and the remaining number required further investigation.

Last weekend, amid growing public disquiet over the ability of the church to investigate its own priests, Schönborn announced an independent commission to examine historic cases. There are fears that the scandal in Austria could lead to a record number of defections that would exceed the 2009 figure, when 53,000 people left the church.

Across the border in Switzerland bishops confessed to underestimating the scale of the abuse and apologised for their failings. A statement from the Swiss bishops’ conference said: “We humbly admit that we underestimated the extent of the situation. Those in charge of the diocese and religious orders made mistakes.”

It also called on those who had suffered abuse to come forward with their claims and, if necessary, press charges.

Aside from a lengthy pastoral letter to victims in the Irish Republic, the pope has made little direct reference to clerical sexual abuse recently in public. On Palm Sunday, following several attempts to link him to a cover-up in Germany, he said he would not be “intimidated by the chatter of dominant opinions”, a swipe at those calling for his resignation.

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One Response

  1. The tragedy of criminal acts, covered over by the Vatican, is long overdue for uncovering. The recent display is only one of several kinds of criminality they adhere to. But there are many hidden and open acts of criminality hiding behind a façade of goodness that pervert the natural desires of our children, inculcated via many forms of religious indoctrination.

    There will be some who say that the church leaders have nothing to do with their own real faith, but dismissing it easily only ignores the damage to the psychic composition of many young men and women, the world over. Ultimate authority is either implied or outright stated in the Catholic as well as Protestant clergy. It is stated in all faiths around the world. It is undercover of this authority that the players have played on for a good long run, using positions of power to hurt and kill children, men and women, some just for believing other than what was the exact coin of the realm for a belief psychosis.

    Taking authoritative responsibility carelessly, using it to gain access to children’s vulnerability, destroying a young person’s life is more than a secular crime, it is a crime against the Holy Spirit. The people that have taken trust so carelessly into their teaching, using it to sexually abuse a child or woman, should be brought to bear along with the sum total of the Catholic church’s crimes, over millennia. When the slate is finally washed clean, if it ever can be, perhaps then we might recognize a simple pure faith, quit building imaginary and concrete monuments to lies and inaugurate love, real LOVE, not the ersatz fantasy that passes for the real thing, now.

    Does the church, do churches, religions in general, do good? Yes of course. But it is this same goodness that is used to cause great harm, under cover, as it were. Remember, these people are trusted to do good. Perhaps many will step forward and confess that they are complicit in the human condition that results in criminal behavior, take appropriate punishment, (god knows what that should be!?). This may help save the good souls and work that follows the Holy Spirit. As future leaders, perhaps they can show a way with which to build a church, a mosque, a synagogue, temple, etc., under the open sky. Under the open sky, without manmade vaulted ceilings, the clear light of day may straighten out the overblown imaginations of people who are naturally fallible, as we all are. But we cannot forget that even under the open sky religious psychosis has committed atrocities, the aforesaid crimes against “sinners”; as if those who accused were not themselves terrible little devils. No one should be given license or title to cover their criminal acts or, once found out, have those crimes further covered. As if their religion, whatever faith they hold dear, might fall apart if it were revealed to be materially false, leaving them without a little job. Well then, let it all fall apart.

    It can appear at times as if dogmatic religions are set up to do such criminal acts, purposefully. Those with healthier relations towards their fellow humans might not think so or say that this goes too far. But it makes one wonder why, when children come home to say they have been abused, they have been told to shut up, be quiet, as some have come forward to say after many years. More adult complicity, even though somehow, well meaning?! Again, is it the fear of a belief falling apart? Children are brainwashed, brought up to segregate, hate and even kill in the name of narrow religious views. It is time for people to actually GET healthy and quit pretending it by hiding behind a strict, dogmatic belief psychosis.

    In one recent example challenging the status quo of secret tyranny, singer Sinead O’Connor ruined her career, calling the Catholic church the actual evil. Over hundreds of years others lost their lives for that challenge. Her opinion was born of years of Irish struggle. She spoke the other day as if the Catholic faith might still be brand new, once the truth was exposed. What a blessing…hope springs eternal. However, we are all children of the Universe, born to wonder and wander with open and clear eyes, gaining wisdom on the path of life, life that can well teach where one may find LOVE…if we have not been preemptively sickened by the adult imposition of beliefs.

    Those of good conscience and healthy acknowledgement of human frailty, of human need that requires healthy, normal, sexual expression, human inquisitiveness and, not least, the human disposition to connect with something larger than themselves that builds humility and real LOVE towards all of life…maybe they will share the leadership asked for by the Holy Spirit, but denied, for timeless aions.

    Hope springs eternal, especially in little children. Maybe some of us can live up to that promise, yet.

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