Friday, April 29, 2011

70 Belgian Sex Abuse Victims Sue The Vatican and the Catholic Church in Belgium

From Associated Press Via The News Tribune Website
A group of 70 people claiming to be sexual abuse victims of clergy will take Vatican and Belgian church officials to court, claiming they offered them insufficient protection from pedophile priests.
Lawyer Walter Van Steenbrugge said Friday he will lodge the complaint in about two weeks. He said religious officials, including the pope, had failed to take proper action to prevent such abuse.
The Belgian church got involved in a major abuse scandal last year when Bruges Bishop Roger Vangheluwe was forced to resign after he admitted he abused for 13 years his young nephew. Later, hundreds of victims came forward with tales of abuse by clergy going back decades.

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The church needs prayers, the victims need prayers, and the guilty need prayers. 
I will also say that the most innocent of priests also need prayers.  Although there are many victims of the travesty.  The pepetrators of this most disgusting and abominable sin and crime make up a minute percentage of the priesthood of the Catholic Church. According to Wikipedia the number is 4%. (in the US: A percentage world wide, I cannot find, but I would argue that worldwide would be roughly the same) A number that is too high, for there should be NONE, in Christ's Church. 
But it does mean that 96% of the priests in the US ( and the rest of the world) are innocent of any crime or sin against these our most precious members of the Catholic Church.  Please pray for them too.

In the Novena of Divine Mercy, on the Second Day (Holy Saturday)we are to bring to Christ's mercy

"the Souls of of Priests and Religious,

and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave me strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind."

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service,* that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard -- upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.
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Although the second day of the Novena of Chaplets is over.  The priests of the Church need constant prayers. Entrust your parish priest to Our Lady.

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Scripture to keep in mind

Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth: [17] Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, [18] A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, [19]A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren. [20] My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20


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