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A Catholic priest who sexually abused “maybe 20” boys was instructed to say prayers to repent for his crimes. Should the priest's supervisor's be criminally tried?

A Catholic priest who sexually abused “maybe 20” boys was instructed to say prayers to repent for his crimes. Should the priest's supervisor's be criminally tried?
  • If someone commits a crime, and you act to help them hide that crime, doesn’t that make you an accomplice?

    Throughout the world, Catholic bishops have engaged in a systematic, organized effort going back decades to cover up for priests who molest children, pressuring the victims to sign confidentiality agreements and quietly assigning the predators to new parishes where they could go on molesting. Tens of thousands of children have been raped and tortured as a result of this conspiracy of silence.
    Catholics ignore the fact that so many priests are child molesters and that church policy not only enabled abuse of children but consistently protected and even rewarded pedophile priests.

  • They both need to be in prison

    They both need to be in prison. There has to be stricter penalties put into place that just telling people to say a few prayers after they sexually abuse children. Just because God forgives repentant people doesn't mean earthly justice should not be done. There needs to be charges made for these men.

  • The actions of one person does not have to represent that of anothers.

    It's clear this "Catholic Priest" has many problems. What's not clear is how the priests' supervisors is tied to the priest. The supervisor should not be held responsible for the wrong, disgusting actions of his employee, although he could be trained to better manage is employees. The only person here who needs prosecution and mental help is the priest.

  • It's not his job

    The supervisor should probably lose his job, but he didn't commit the crime. He isn't the police, he is a man of the church, so of course he's going to go about the situation with prayer... that's what they do. And the police are going to go about it by putting the priest in jail because that's what they do.

  • Maybe. The may have been accesories.

    The priest's greatest crime was not the crime against the boys, but the crime against God. Therefore, the supervisors did instruct him correctly if they told him to pray to God and repent. God does forgive truly repentant people. However, they also had an obligation to those boys to do something about the priest's continuous acts of sexual abuse. They should have separated him from the church until he sought help, and they should have turned him into the authorities for the severely criminal act that he did, especially since he didn't stop. The supervisors should perhaps be charged as accessories for allowing it to continue to happen to so many boys.


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