Sexual scandals have been rocking various aspects of the Catholic Church for the past few decades.
In the last decade, there have been hundreds of Catholic priests and leaders accused of sex abuse, mostly with children.
For years, church leaders used to keep the crime silent and just transfer the predator priests to new locations where they often continued their horrific crimes.
This past week, Pope Frances held a conference at the Vatican dealing with the many sex abuse scandals.
In the wake of the Pope’s conference, Cardinal Pell, who has served as Pope Frances’ financial adviser has been convicted of child sex abuse in Australia.
The Sun – POPE’S AIDE GUILTY Cardinal, 77, is found guilty of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass – CARDINAL George Pell who was once the third most powerful man in the Vatican has been found guilty of molesting two choirboys after celebrating Mass.
The Vatican treasurer, 77, and top financial adviser to Pope Francis is the most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse.
He bowed his head as a jury delivered unanimous verdicts in Melbourne’s county court on December 11.
But the result was subject to a suppression order and could not be reported until now.
The jury convicted Pell of abusing two 13-year-old boys whom he had caught swigging sacramental wine in Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996 when he was archbishop.
The offences occurred months after Pell was inaugurated as archbishop of Melbourne when he was aged 55.
The jury also found Pell guilty of indecently assaulting one of the boys in a corridor more than a month later…
I recall speaking with a Catholic priest at one time and he told me that there was no good biblical reason to support the mandate of celibacy among priests and nuns.
He said that if the Church had allowed priests and nuns to marry, like many other denominations do, that it would have prevented most of the sexual abuse that has taken place in the Catholic Church.
He also suggested that to help keep priests and nuns celibate that they should be neutered upon taking their vows and that perhaps that would help reduce the urge to defile so many.
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