"The Pope's expected apology to victims of sexual abuse by priests has been sabotaged by a senior Australian bishop, who criticized people for "dwelling crankily on old wounds".
The bishop organizing World Youth Day, Anthony Fisher, made the remarks in response to questions about two Melbourne women who were repeatedly raped by priest Kevin O'Donnell when they were pupils at Sacred Heart Primary School in Oakleigh from 1988 to 1993."
It all sounds suspiciously like the Pope's visit to America. Oh, I'm sure the bishop will do damage control now, and say he didn't mean it, not like that at least. Not in the context in which he said it. A reporter asked the bishop what he thought of the show the previous week regarding the Kevin O'Donnell story. But the bishop replied he hadn't seen the show.........
"Happily, I think most of Australia was enjoying, delighting in, the beauty and goodness of these young people … rather than dwelling crankily, as a few people are doing, on old wounds"Who exactly are these cranky people to which he is referring?
Two sisters who were repeatedly raped by the abusive priest Father Kevin O'Donnell in Melbourne while they were in primary school.....over the course of 5 years.
This is Emma. She turned to drugs to "make her forget and dull the pain", she eventually committed suicide in January of this year after ten years of therapy. Her sister Katherine turned to alcohol and now needs 24-hour care after being hit by a car.
"We are still grieving over our daughters, and many other victims are struggling every day. To think this issue is over when the abuse stops is ridiculous. There are people self-harming, committing suicide, drinking, using drugs, because of sexual assaults committed by Catholic priests.The Fosters are planning to make a statement upon the Pope's arrival in Australia. Mr. Foster says:
There are no old wounds for victims. It is always current."
"I expect the Pope and Cardinal Pell to respond to that statement.And so who is Cardinal Pell? Well, he is the scumbag who was handling the sex abuse claims on behalf of the Catholic Church. He told one victim "Well it's your word against his!" And yet now.......today, he says it was an innocent error on his part after his letters and phone calls were revealed on TV. He's even gone so far as to cover-up abuse that HE WAS AWARE OF and has now threatened another sexual abuse survivor in order to keep him quiet.
I should not have to try to see them.
They should be coming to us to beg our forgiveness."
The Catholic Church is not capable of cleaning up it's act, as long as they are doing it from within. It's sort of like asking Sosen to clean up it's own act. Perhaps the Bishop, the Cardinal and the Pope could join Sosen and lend them their support. After all, they both think survivors of sexual assault are "professional victims" and after all..........Linda Pehrson, the CEO of Sosen would proudly educate the Church, why she'd be happy to. She could just say her usual,
"There is life after sexual abuse DEAL WITH IT"