It felt like the end of the world as we know it for Catholics.

Abuse and corruption in the Catholic church - Comment on 2010 April 29

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2010 April 29
Late last month the Vatican accepted the resignation of the bishop of Cloyne, John Magee, previously private secretary to three consecutive popes, over his mishandling (read "cover-up") of clerical abuse, physical and sexual, in his Irish diocese. Read more:

Today, on 29th April 2010 I found the following news snippets about the abuse and corruption in the Catholic church:

It felt like the end of the world as we know it for Catholics, even for those with merely a tenuous residual connection to the church: over the last spectacular fortnight there have been developments no-one could ever have predicted.

At last, after decades of silence, stonewalling, lies and cover-ups, a start seems to have been made to telling the truth and acting on it.

A Norwegian bishop admitted last week that he resigned in 2009 because he had sexually abused an altar boy at the beginning of the 1990s.

When Georg Mueller, the German-born bishop of Trondheim in Norway, stepped down in June 2009, he said merely that he was unsuited to the work.

During last week the archbishop of Bruges in Belgium, Roger Vangheluwe, 73, resigned.

... that during the time Vangheluwe was a priest and continuing after he had been made a bishop, he had abused a boy.

The German bishop of Augsburg, Walter Mixa, ... resigned last week admitting he had beaten children ...

Late last month the Vatican accepted the resignation of the bishop of Cloyne, John Magee, previously private secretary to three consecutive popes, over his mishandling (read "cover-up") of clerical abuse, physical and sexual, in his Irish diocese.

On April 22, the Vatican accepted the resignation of a second Irish bishop, James Moriart, who admitted that he had gone along with the then-current practice of not reporting allegations of clerical sexual abuse to the police.

 

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