Sabtu, 20/03/2010 21:45 WIB
Paus Benediktus XVI Sesalkan Kasus Pelecehan Anak yang dilakukan Uskup
Aprizal Rahmatullah – detikNews
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vatikan – Kasus pelecehan seksual yang dilakukan uskup di Irlandia membuat pemimpin umat Katolik sedunia Paus Benediktus XVI malu. Paus menganggap kasus tersebut sebagai kejahatan yang serius.
“Anda telah membuat penderitaan yang begitu parah dan saya benar-benar menyesal,” kata Paus seperti dikutip detikcom dari AFP, Sabtu (20/3/2010).
Pernyataan tersebut Paus tulis dalam sebuah surat yang dikirim kepada pemimpin umat Katolik Irlandia. Paus menandatangani sendiri surat tersebut pada hari Jumat (19/3/2010)dan baru dipublikasikan pada Sabtu.
Paus mengatakan imam dan pekerja agama yang melakukan pelecehan terhadap anak harus berani bertanggungjawab sebelum pengadilan resmi mengadilinya. Uskup tersebut harus berani mengatakan dirinya telah melakukan dosa dan perbuatan salah.
“Secara terbuka mengakui kesalahan Anda, menyerahkan diri pada tuntutan keadilan, tapi jangan putus asa dari ampunan tuhan,” seru Paus untuk pelaku.
Pihak Katolik Irlandia terkejut saat pengadilan mendapatkan laporan adanya perlakuan buruk, pelecehan dan kekejaman yang dilakukan oleh uskup. Kasus pelecehan seksual juga datang dari Jerman, Austria, Belanda dan Swiss.
Satu dari empat kelompok korban pelecehan seksual telah meminta Paus untuk menyatakan permohonan maaf kepada korban. Selain itu, pihak gereja katolik Irlandia juga diminta untuk mengakui telah sengaja menutupi kegiatan pedopil yang dilakukan sang uskup.
Pope Benedict Meets Irish Bishops About Abuse Scandal
(11 Dec 09 – RV) Pope Benedict on Friday met with Irish bishops about a report on sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin which has shaken the island. We have the story…
Full Text of Communiqué Released By Holy See Press Office
Today the Holy Father held a meeting with senior Irish Bishops and high-ranking members of the Roman Curia. He listened to their concerns and discussed with them the traumatic events that were presented in the Irish Commission of Investigation’s Report into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.
After careful study of the Report, the Holy Father was deeply disturbed and distressed by its contents. He wishes once more to express his profound regret at the actions of some members of the clergy who have betrayed their solemn promises to God, as well as the trust placed in them by the victims and their families, and by society at large.
The Holy Father shares the outrage, betrayal and shame felt by so many of the faithful in Ireland, and he is united with them in prayer at this difficult time in the life of the Church.
His Holiness asks Catholics in Ireland and throughout the world to join him in praying for the victims, their families and all those affected by these heinous crimes.
He assures all concerned that the Church will continue to follow this grave matter with the closest attention in order to understand better how these shameful events came to pass and how best to develop effective and secure strategies to prevent any recurrence.
The Holy See takes very seriously the central issues raised by the Report, including questions concerning the governance of local Church leaders with ultimate responsibility for the pastoral care of children.
The Holy Father intends to address a Pastoral Letter to the faithful of Ireland in which he will clearly indicate the initiatives that are to be taken in response to the situation.
Finally, His Holiness encourages all those who have dedicated their lives in generous service to children to persevere in their good works in imitation of Christ the Good Shepherd.
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Pope Gets Earful on Church Sex Abuse Cases
Germany’s Top Bishop Briefs Benedict XVI about Probe; Pope Silent on Scandals in Native Germany
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(CBS/ AP) Germany’s top bishop briefed Pope Benedict XVI on the spiraling cases of clerical sex abuse in the pontiff’s native Germany on Friday and said the pope encouraged him to pursue the truth and assist the victims.
Archbishop Robert Zollitsch said the pope was “greatly dismayed” and “deeply moved” as he was being briefed on the scandal during his 45-minute private audience in the Vatican. Zollitsch said he briefed the pope in particular on the measures being taken so far to confront the scandal.
“The Holy Father was very satisfied with our decisions,” Zollitsch told a press conference after the meeting.
The latest sex abuse scandals have renewed debate on priestly celibacy but Pope Benedict said today it is a “holy value,” reports CBS News correspondent Sabina Castelfranco.
At least 170 former students from Catholic schools in Germany have come forward recently with claims of physical and sexual abuse, including at an all-boys choir once led by the pope’s brother.
Zollitsch also said he briefed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on measures implemented in Germany, and that the Vatican is considering a set of universal norms to deal with cases of clerical sex abuse.
“I’m grateful for the encouragement he (Benedict) gave me to continue carrying out our measures in a decisive and courageous way,” he said.
More stories on Sex Abuse in Catholic Church:
Germans to Examine What Pope Knew of Abuse
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Dublin Bishops Quit in Sex Abuse Scandal
Benedict hasn’t commented on the German scandal himself. But he decried the sexual abuse of children as a “heinous crime” after he summoned Irish bishops to Rome last month to discuss the even more widespread scandal in the Irish church.
In addition to the cases in Germany and Ireland, three retired priests at a Catholic school in Austria were relieved of their clerical duties this week after allegations of physical and sexual abuse emerged. Two other priests in Austria have resigned amid similar allegations. And in the Netherlands, Catholic bishops announced an independent inquiry into more than 200 allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests at church schools and apologized to victims.
But of all the European scandals, the German abuse allegations are particularly sensitive because Germany is Benedict’s homeland, where he served as archbishop of Munich from 1977 to 1982, and because the scandals involve the prestigious choir that was led by his brother, Georg Ratzinger, from 1964 until 1994.
Zollitsch said he and Benedict did not discuss the allegations surrounding the pontiff’s brother.
Ratzinger has repeatedly said the sexual abuse allegations date from before his tenure as choir director and that he never heard of them, although he acknowledged slapping pupils as punishment.
According to a poll conducted by the Emnid institute for N24 television, a full 86 percent of Germans contend the Roman Catholic Church has failed to do enough to explain the allegations of abuse in church-run schools and institutions. Only 10 percent of the 1,000 people polled on March 10 felt the church was doing enough.
Also, 68 percent of those polled say the abuse scandal has raised their criticism of the church’s educational abilities, while 28 percent still trust the church to teach their children.
Bishop Stephan Ackermann, who has been appointed by the church to handle abuse allegations in Germany, said that he would also follow up on any charges against bishops.
“Bishops or parishes that are not cooperative will be asked for information,” Ackermann said Thursday on ZDF television.