Catholic Church’s New Sins Omits Bishops who Hide Sexually Abusive Priests

In an effort to revive the practice of regular confession among Catholics, a bishop of the Apostolic Penitentiary, Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, has updated a list of sins to include those affecting the modern world. The Apostolic Penitentiary is a church court which oversees the sacrament of Penance or confession in the Catholic Church. The list includes drug pushers and users as well as the obscenely rich, manipulative genetic engineers and polluters. While Girotti spoke briefly of pedophilia he was quick to point out that the mass media has “blown up the issue to discredit the Church.” When I read his quote I was taken aback. Here’s a bishop of the Catholic Church blaming the sex abuse crisis on the media. I thought that that tactic had been discarded after it didn’t work for Cardinal Law in Boston. Even Cardinal Mahony hasn’t stooped to blaming the media for the sex abuse crisis. These types of reckless, irresponsible, and hypocritical comments lead me to believe that the church still doesn’t understand or appreciate its role in the crisis. Bishop Girotti should add another group to his “deadly sins” list that includes bishops, archbishops, and cardinals who willfully disregarded the welfare of minors by hiding, transferring, and covering up for sexually abusive priests. How can you have any credibility as a moral authority when your own house isn’t in order? If Bishop Girotti, who is speaking for the church as a whole, can’t appreciate the fact that the hierarchy of bishops and cardinals played a huge role in the sex abuse crisis, then he has no business lecturing the rest of us about “new sins”.
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