The Male Hierarchy of the Catholic Church: Problems Beyond Priestly Child Abuse by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

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by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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April 9, 2010

All the rage (literally, for some of the victims and some of their parents) is the discussion/controversy in a number of countries over Catholic priests’ sexually abusing children and teenagers over a period that may go back as far as 50 years.  (It may well go back even further than that, but there may be no survivors, folks who would be quite old now, willing and/or able to come forward).  The controversy has two parts: the abuse itself and then the cover-up for the offenders.  Some Catholic dioceses in the United States have paid out very large sums in settlements.  In one instance, a U.S. Cardinal involved in the cover-up has apparently “moved” (fled?) to a position at the Papal Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome and apparently will never return to the United States.  In recent weeks the controversy has become particularly full-blown because of accusations, some apparently well-documented, that the current Pope Benedict XVI himself participated in one or more cover-ups when he was Cardinal Ratzinger in Germany and then head of the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican.

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“Collateral Murder” Video allegedly shows US forces killing two reporters and six others By Daniel Tencer


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