International Criminal Court has been asked by Catholic sex abuse victims to charge the Pope and top bishops with crimes against humanity.
The pope and other church leaders “tolerate and enable the systematic and widespread concealing of rape and child sex crimes throughout the world,” the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and the Center for Constitutional Rights said in a joint statement.
And in other Catholic Church sex news:
A respected former Catholic bishop in Ireland is calling for an end to clerical celibacy in the wake of the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the church worldwide, and says he finds it “heartbreaking” that some prospective priests turn away from the calling because of the celibacy rule.
While I think that some may be unwilling to join because of the sex ban, I suspect that the reasons why there’s fewer and fewer people wishing to join the Church has more to do with the Catholic Church having no moral ground to stand on anymore – partly because of the systemic sexual abuse of children and the lack of actions taken to prevent and correct the situation –
But also because religion is seen more and more, if not a source for social problems, it’s certainly an exacerbation of the problems.
After all, the no condom stance only ensures the continued spread of AIDs and lack of ability to control reproduction – which is directly related to poverty, infant mortality rates, productivity and creation of wealth.
We need to stop looking to the past for solutions to the problems of today – the solutions for a region which were based in ignorance, fear and customs are not solutions for a global community. Solutions have to be based on a solid understanding of not only science, but history with a vision for a better future – and we won’t find that by looking backwards and clinging to bronze age ideas for solutions to the digital information age.