Old clerical abuse habits die hard in the Philippines – UCA News

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Filipino youths and children take part in a dance exercise in suburban Manila in this Feb. 6, 2016 photo, to draw attention to sexual abuse of women and children as part of the 'One Billion Rising' campaign against such abuse

Filipino youths and children take part in a dance exercise in suburban Manila in this Feb. 6, 2016 photo, to draw attention to sexual abuse of women and children as part of the ‘One Billion Rising’ campaign against such abuse.  (Photo: AFP)

Published: January 17, 2023 03:16 AM GMT

One serious case shows how some Church authorities still look to cover up sex attacks on minors

The many incidents of child sexual abuse by predator priests have shamed thousands of good bishops and benevolent clerics who have been justly angered by the rampant salacious acts of their fellow pedophile priests and in some cases by high-profile bishops and high-ranking cardinals. 

They feel helpless when their bishop protects the abuser priest and calls him “his son.” 

They long for justice for the victims and wish to exonerate their own vocation and the blemished priesthood from the tyranny of abuser priests. 

The Church has succinctly stated that every act of sexual abuse against a child is not only a heinous crime in civil law but a violation of Church law. 

Pope Francis says child abuse by a cleric is “a profound wound that cries out for healing.”

There are many occasions when bishops have been scolded by Pope Francis for covering up priest-abuse complaints instead of reaching out to help the victims, and find them therapy, healing and justice. 

They often try to buy off the child victim and the family with money and promises of a resourceful life. 

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Old clerical abuse habits die hard in the Philippines – UCA News

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