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How to fix the Catholic Church 2010-Apr-07 at 14:51 PST

Posted by Scott Arbeit in Blog.
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Church: Norway bishop quit in ’09 over abuse, Associated Press, 7-April-2010

A Catholic bishop in Norway who resigned last year did so after admitting he had molested a child about 20 years earlier, when he was a priest, church officials said Wednesday.

The announcement came after a Norwegian newspaper pressed for an explanation for why Georg Mueller, a 58-year-old German, had stepped down unexpectedly as bishop in the western city of Trondheim in June 2009. At the time, Vatican and Norwegian church officials gave only vague reasons for Mueller’s departure.

Dear Catholic Church –

You don’t just have a P.R. problem. The issue is not that people are “attacking” the Pope. The problem is that you have covered up, for at least fifty years, that some of your priests are molesting children.

If you want this to go away… the answer is really, really simple. Turn over all of your records on child molestation to secular authorities, and make it clear to everyone in the world, especially your own hierarchy, that if you discover any new cases, they’ll immediately be turned over to the respective secular governments for prosecution. That’s all you have to do. It’s not that hard. Then your “problem” will go away because you will no longer be associating The Church with the scumbags who molest children.

It is really important to me that you clean this up and get healthy, because hundreds of millions of people around the world are counting on you for a healthy version of mythical religion, and we all need you functioning as well as you can.

Yours,
Scott

P.S.  If you get a second, check out some of what St. Teresa of Avila was up to… she was on to something important.

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