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February 7, 2015



In an email Saturday, the group’s national director, David Clohessy, said that he wasn’t exactly sitting by the phone.

“We’ve been around 25 years and can count on maybe two hands the number of Catholic officials who have asked to hear from us, so we’re not holding our breath waiting for a call from the Vatican,” Clohessy wrote.

“For years and years, Catholic officials have almost universally shunned survivors or met only with a tiny handful of carefully chosen survivors in choreographed public relations events,” he said. “So the chance that we’ll be have any real chance to talk with or influence the church hierarchy seems slim.”

In a related development on Saturday, Saunders and Collins also said the commission has a working group on corporal punishment and they chided Francis for his remarks earlier in the week that seemed to say it was okay for parents to spank their children.

“One time, I heard a father say, ‘At times I have to hit my children a bit, but never in the face so as not to humiliate them,’” the pope said last Wednesday. “That’s great,” Francis continued. “He had a sense of dignity. He should punish, do the right thing, and then move on.”

The comments prompted an intense debate, and Saunders said that while the remarks “just proved his humanity and his normalcy,” he wanted to have a chance to tell Francis how wrong he was.

“I think we need to talk to the pope about this issue because there are millions of children around the world who are physically beaten on a daily basis,” Saunders said. “It might start out as a light tap but the whole idea of hitting a child is abut inflicting pain … Physical violence has no place in a modern day upbringing.”


Peace and Love

  1. opheliart permalink

    “their holiness” thinks spanking is SCRIPTURAL? What would Jesus do? No, folks, they missed the message on “spare the rod spoil the child” … they do NOT understand SPIRITUAL LANGUAGE!!! This has to do with Spiritual instruction and not whacking your child!

    Breathe—-breathe———————–just breathe ….. sometimes I want to rattle those cages—just rattle those cages and say: yo, anyone in there? And the priests and pastors with their wagging fingers about who is wrong and who is right? Thinking they KNOW the story—what people are really going through? Good grief—get down on your knees and thank God you are ALIVE—or, are you? Are you just walking Ken Barbies?


  2. opheliart permalink

    God: Vatican!

    Vatican: Who are you?

    God: You don’t know ME?

    Vatican: No–should I?

    God: You used my name enough … why don’t you know me?

    Vatican: {silence}

    God: Now you are starting to get the picture …


    It’s time for the RCC to turn in its Hall Pass …


  3. opheliart permalink


    Judy Jones February 7, 2015 at 3:08 pm
    It’s extremely disturbing that the sex abuse and cover up within the church hierarchy throughout the world is still going on to this day. Cardinals and bishops are still not removing accused predator clergy, and they are not reporting to law enforcement. Their so called “zero tolerance” policy is not being followed by the bishops who created it. They don’t have to, because there is no punishment to force the bishops to change their ways of protecting their power and the institution rather than protecting innocent children.
    Pope Francis doesn’t need a commission to advise him to fire and demote these church officials because he has shown us by his quick action to fire bishops for the elaborate spending habits. Yet he has not fired one bishop who conceals, enables, and covers up child sex crimes.
    Until there is severe punishment for those church officials nothing changes and children are very much at risk of being sexually abused today.
    Judy Jones, SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

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