Catechism of the Catholic Church – GRAVER STILL IS THE RAPE OF CHILDREN

Catechism of the Catholic Church     Imprimi Potest +Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Part Three #2356

Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person.  It does injury to justice and charity.  Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right.  It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life.  It is always an intrinsically evil act.  GRAVER STILL IS THE RAPE OF CHILDREN committed by parents, (incest), or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them.


Part Three #2389

Connected to incest is any sexual abuse perpetrated by adults on children or adolescents entrusted to their care.  The offence is compounded by the scandalous harm done to the physical and moral integrity of the young, who will remain scarred by it all their lives; and the violation of responsibility for their upbringing.

(Emphasis mine)

What and/or where is the confusion in this as far as the Church’s responsibility for victims of clergy sexual abuse?  It is confounding.  The Church Universal has put this out only for it to be ignored by many, many bishops.

And if I am correct in my understanding of these two paragraphs in the Catechism of the Catholic Church then we should be actively aiding all sexual abuse victims and taken a step further all abuse victims.  That would be billions of dollars well spent.

About follow1in3

I am a Roman Catholic priest ordained for the Diocese of Wilmington, DE who is also a victim of clergy sexual abuse. I am often angered by the insensitiviy and hostility of other clergy, the hierarchy and the so-called people-of-God. If clergy, bishops included, really and truly understood abuse, (any kind of abuse), I would not feel the need to blog on occasion. It is very frustraing.
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