Voiceless Victim

A survivor of clergy child sexual abuse speaks out for those who can't speak for themselves

Action. A-C-T-I-O-N.

Ratzo’s at it again. This time as part of his annual address to the Roman Curia.

Pretending to take the bull by the horns on the issue of clerical sexual exploitation of children, the systematic cover up of these serious crimes, and the universal re-abuse of victims.

Well, there was bull involved in some form.

Victims are disgusted that once again Benny The Rat is conveying the misleading impression that he gives a damn about us or our suffering.

When nothing could be further from the truth.

If he valued innocent children he would not allow vicious criminals to prey unchecked upon thousands of the most vulnerable while he takes decades to ponder the possible negative effect on the Church of preventing such crimes.

If he believed in truth he would not insist upon: secret files that remain hidden from police and prosecutors; witnesses unable to reveal what they know for fear of losing the Church’s financial support; priests, bishops and cardinals encouraged to lie to those outside the Church and believe themselves justified; an army of high priced lawyers to intimidate anyone who dares tell the truth; and victims forced into strict silence if they are to have any hope of assistance.

And if he intended to help victims to heal he would have done so by now.

He has not.

The Catholic Church’s response to the brave minority of victims who come forward could have been designed to inflict as much additional harm as possible. And to prevent victims healing from their abuse, and from ever finding their strength or their voice. The more cynical amongst us believe it was designed with those ends in mind. Deliberately.

Certainly the Church’s callous and deceitful response to victims’ suffering is stunningly effective at keeping us weak, damaged, ineffective, scared and fragile. And at keeping the silent majority of victims just that. Silent.

This latest PR stunt at our expense was once again full of evasions of personal and corporate responsibility while seeming to admit the problem. It offered no assistance to victims, fobbing us off instead with the usual offensive calls to depend on prayer, forgiveness and sacraments.

All strategies which serve primarily to hoodwink the gullible and increase the Pope’s already obscene wealth and power.

B16 pretended to be open to a new direction when he said, “We must ask ourselves what we can do to repair as much as possible the injustice that has occurred. We must ask ourselves what was wrong in our proclamation, in our whole way of living the Christian life, to allow such a thing to happen.”

It is obvious to those who have been on the receiving end of the Church’s twisted version of  compassion the Pope intended that ordinary Catholics should feel guilty about their own role in allowing the destruction of so many innocent lives, and not question an arrogant and entitled hierarchy that finds it impossible, or perhaps beneath them, to abide by its own dictates.

But let’s pretend the Paedophile Protector – in – Chief is actually prepared to help victims and wants some guidance.

Victims are not interested in his series of cynical pretend apologies that never address us directly. Are never delivered to us personally. Never properly acknowledge us or our suffering. And never deliver the one thing we all truly want and need.

Action. A-C-T-I-O-N

Change. Improvement. Doing things differently to prevent a repetition of the same outcome.

Now, either His Wealthiness is a slow learner or he simply does not want things to change.

But let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and explain it again, as simply as possible.

Victims need the Church and Benedict to:

  • Hear our stories
  • Acknowledge our experience
  • Accept responsibility
  • Tell the truth
  • Help us heal
  • Prevent re-offending
  • Deliver secret files to the police
  • Assist criminal investigations
  • Encourage criminals to admit responsibility
  • Protect innocent children from harm
  • Examine, understand and learn from the mistakes of the past
  • Change the structures that encouraged such criminal activity to flourish unchecked

That’s not so hard to comprehend, is it?

My 10 year old son gets it. So does his younger brother.

Why can the moral vacuum that is the Catholic Church hierarchy not take even one tiny step towards delivering on this rather obvious list?

Why indeed!

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