An influential canon lawyer at the Vatican has written an article to be published today in a Vatican-approved Jesuit journal saying that Roman Catholic bishops should not turn over allegations or records of sexual abuse by priests to the civil authorities.
In the article, Father Ghirlanda also wrote that a priest who is reassigned to a new parish after being treated because of a history of sexual abuse should not have his “good reputation” ruined by having his background revealed to the new parish.
Archbishop Herranz, who is the president of the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts, said that the American church’s large financial settlements with sexual abuse victims were “unwarranted.” He criticized American news media outlets as seeking to “sully the image of the church and the Catholic priesthood.” Echoing other Vatican officials who have linked sexual abuse with homosexuality, Archbishop Herranz referred to pedophilia as a “concrete form of homosexuality.”
Ah, nothing like a fresh hot cup of religious self-rightous arrogance with a light and frothy bit of whipped hypocrisy on top first thing in the morning. How any Catholic can stand to look themselves in the mirror after such morally suspect declarations from their leaders in Rome is beyond me.