Voiceless Victim

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

Pope, Cardinals, and Bishops just as guilty as their precious child rapists

In my personal experience as a victim of catholic church enabled child sexual abuse, as a child protection activist, and as a member of a victim support self help group, I have always known that I was not abused solely by the cunning predator who went to such lengths to regularly torture me and at least 49 other little girls. I, in common with every other catholic victim/survivor, was abused, abandoned, blamed, bullied and victimised by the entire catholic hierarchy from the pope on down.

Every day, the catholic hierarchy and their unthinking apologists go out of their way to try to add to the mountain of harm already heaped on my shoulders.

My experience demolishes their protective facade of sanctity and moral superiority, and since they are unable to face the truth bravely and compassionately, they instead deflect their church imposed self hatred onto the defenceless, the already damaged, the innocent victims – those most deserving of compassion. Their twisted belief being that if they can drag us down to their level with their lies, they will seem less loathsome by comparison, and will thus feel better about themselves.

They cannot make my experience, which makes them so very uncomfortable, not exist, so instead they settle for attempts to make me not exist, to make me appear to be other than who I truly am, or to drive me to suicide.

A friend sent me an article by Tom Doyle, written more than a year ago, which expertly expresses this.

The Vatican spokesman keeps telling us the pope is deeply concerned about the clergy abuse “crisis,” There is little doubt that he is, but not because of the massive harm done to countless victims and their families and to the disappointed faithful who are tired of waiting for the “church” to do something meaningful.

He and the cardinals are deeply concerned, but they’re concerned for the wrong reasons. They see their credibility, their power and their relevance eroding at an ever increasing rate. They see a rapidly growing number of Catholics who refuse to be treated as children by the bishops and who pose a very serious threat to the crumbling myth that the pope and the bishops know what’s best for all. They see the growing chasm between the moral code the hierarchy is trying to persuade everyone, even non-Catholics, to accept and the reality of what is really happening out there in the world they are so afraid of.

The pope, the Vatican and the rest of the world’s hierarchy will not bring about the needed change because they are unable and not simply unwilling to do so. Their personal interests are far too deeply ingrained to allow them to make the sacrifices needed to step down from their thrones and be for the suffering and marginalized rather than for themselves.

The pope and the cardinals have betrayed the real church. They have perpetrated the sexual and spiritual violence just as much as the priests who physically violated the victims. They need to be willing to say “I hurt you” and not hide behind Vatican mumbo jumbo and double-speak.

They need to acknowledge that the formalities and legalities they have relied on to protect their own interests have been secondary and equally vicious acts of violence against the victims.

They need to admit that restitution is essential and deserved by the men and women abused by the immediate perpetrators but also by the church.

They need to acknowledge that they have intentionally tried to shift the responsibility for this worldwide debacle to other persons, to societal forces and even to the victims themselves and they need to admit without qualification that they, the hierarchs of the church, are solely responsible for the horrific damage to the victims and to the Body of Christ.

See the full article by Tom Doyle in NCR.

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5 responses to “Pope, Cardinals, and Bishops just as guilty as their precious child rapists

  1. snapjudy April 3, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Thank you voicelessvictim for sharing your painful story, this is not an easy thing to do. And you know that you are not alone,and there are thousands upon thousands of kids who have been harmed by the clergy and the hierarchy.

    Hopefully anyone, who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by a priest, nun, religion brother, volunteer, bishop, employee, or teacher, will have the courage to speak up and report it to police, not the church officials.

    Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511
    snapjudy@gmail.com
    (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.
    SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

  2. glorybe1929 April 3, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Voiceless Victim…..You’re still thinking that somehow this evil place with all the” devil’s in sheeps clothing” , are going to change… going to appologize and going to admit the hidieous sexual things they did to the innocent victims. …Well the Devil doesn’t change, he just works harder to confuse, divide and conquer you! You have bought,(hook line and sinker) the stories your(the rcc) enemy has told you. You must not! The rcc will never change, as it does not have Jesus Christ involved in their (supposed) church . You will know them by their fruits. No Fruits when it comes to Spiritually Murdering children, the handicapped and marginalized. The KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU. IT WILL NEVER CHANGE UNLESS YOU REJECT JESUS, WHICH IM SURE YOU NEVER WILL. HE IS WITH YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER!.

    • voicelessvictim April 3, 2012 at 8:33 am

      I only know one thing for certain Gloria, and that is that they must not be allowed to continue raping children. I sincerely doubt their capability to do the right thing, ever. In that case, the choice must be taken out of their hands.

  3. glorybe1929 April 3, 2012 at 3:35 am

    I APPRECIATE FR. . TOM DOYLE BUT HE IS STILL A REGISTERED rOMAN cATHOLIC pRIEST…. WHETHER THEY LIKE HIM OR NOT, HE IS A THORN IN THEIR SIDES . WHAT HAS HE DONE, (?) EXCEPT TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT THEY REFUSE TO ACKNOWLDGE, IS THE WORST SIN IN TH AREA OF JESUS’S TEACHINGS ….” ABOUT THE LITTLE CHILDREN”. iF EVEN A HAIR ON THEIR HEAD IS HARMED, THEY SHOULD HAVE A MILLSTONE HUNG AROUND THEIR NECKS AND BE THROWN INTO THE SEA.”

    Fr. Tom Doyle is at a CROSS ROADS now, in the area of continuing to take a PAY CHECK from the evil supposed church he used to love. He has testifyed to most all of the sacrements that we used to hold dear, AS nothing more than” a PLAY of “MAGIC” for the laity to think priests can do special consecrations when, they can’t….!!! No one can transfer a life giving reality OF FAITH to another. We are the ONLY ONES , with OUR faith, who can make Jesus become “real” to US! CONFESSION TO GOD IS WHAT WE DO, NOT TO A MAN.In the old days,
    they needed to know what was going on in the church and confession told them the happenings.
    If God so intends to use JESUS to help or heal, that is God’s perogitive. NOT A PRIESTS GIVEN TO HIM BY WORDS SPOKEN BY ANOTHER( at ordination)…. CHRIST SAID WINE would (be as) HIS BLOOD AND HIS FLESH WOULD (be as bread,) as he wished us to REMEMBER HIM SYMBOLICALLY! NO MAN CAN PERFORM THIS ritual AND SAY he has done what Christ asked us to REMEMBER HIM BY in our communion with HIM. This IS MY BODY AND MY BLOOD WHICH HAS BEEN GIVEN UP FOR YOUR SALVATION. DO THIS IN REMEMBERANCE OF ME”! It never was, nor ever can be done, from one person to the other person except … only in the mind of the believer!

    THEY HAVE FABRICATED THIS ALUSION TO KEEP US MYSTIFYED BY THEM AND TO HOLD THEM AS CHRIST HERE ON EARTH.. HOW COULD THEY DO THE THINGS THEY DO, AS JUST MEN AND STILL BE THOUGHT OF AS CHRISTOS…. AN IMPOSSIBILITY! WE HAVE ALL BEEN GRENERATIONALLY BRAINWASHED WITH THIS TRADITION over Biblical reality . wHAT A CROCK WE’VE BEEN FED. .

    “chist”

    THE CARE WHICH IS TAKEN BY THE PRIEST OF THE HOST AND THE WINE AND THOSE WHO HANDLE IT IN THE COMMUNION SERVICE IS A FARCE. WHERE IN THE BIBLE DOES GOD GIVE THIS INSTRUCTION TO THE BELIEVER?????

    • voicelessvictim April 3, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Whatever Tom may or may not be be doing re his involvement with an evil organisation, nothing can ever change the truth of his summary of this situation. Very few are brave enough or wise enough to state the case as accurately as he does, despite the liability of having been indoctrinated by and still being a priest in the employ of the catholic church.

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