Need i say, history shows that so called the "progressive movement", or Modernism, has always led to bad any Church that progresses, changes its theology to fit with the times. That goes to say, it alters truth to fit its people's whims. That is not the way a church should be. The catholic church has fortunately remained in the "Dark Age" of light. Any sin may be forgiven no matter how terrible. I do not condone this priest, nor does the Church support his actions, but accepts his repentance. Now this holy representative of God should maybe be taken off of pastoral duty, but to be honest, if the catholic church gave in to public opinion on this, then they would prove the protesters right, they would not be a church, just a political institution. Amen, and God Bless.
The Church appears to be stuck in the Dark Ages if it can truly believe it is acceptable for a so-called man of God to rape young girls and knowingly cause them further harm by knowing he might infect them with HIV. They may argue that God will be his judge but this implies that other priests can also behave like this without punishment.
Unfortunately, the Catholic church has not progressed sufficiently since the sex abuse scandal first broke. There are still too many priest being protected by the church, instead of being prosecuted for sex crimes. The church must move forward by alerting law enforcement around the world whenever a priest is caught sexually abusing someone.
The Catholic Church acquitted him which means he was not convicted despite the fact that he confessed. This is a step backward and is not a step forward for the Catholic Church. They said they would take steps to stop this kind of behavior, but this is not a good sign that they have.
The Church has definitely not progressed sufficiently. If they can pardon such disgusting and atrocious acts as this priest has committed especially involving children and the spread of a disease that might as well be a death sentence in this part of the world, they will forgive anything. This kind of person is the lowest of the low and will never change. If the Church cannot recognize that, they are far removed from the morals they claim to uphold.