In the latest twist in the child sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic church, the Observer reports that a the Observer “69-page Latin document bearing the seal of Pope John XXIII was sent to every bishop in the world. The instructions outline a policy of ‘strictest’ secrecy in dealing with allegations of sexual abuse and threatens those who speak out with excommunication.
They also call for the victim to take an oath of secrecy at the time of making a complaint to Church officials. “
This story seems to run and run. There looks like being yet more evidence that will lead to more prosecutions alleging that far from being an example of Christ caring for his flock, the Catholic Church systematically covered up child sexual abuse committed by priests. If this document is what is claimed (and the church haven’t denied it is genuine) then it doesn’t get much worse than this I am afraid.
This is not what church should be about.
It is time to see something different emerge from the ashes.