The media is officially calling this The Hour of the Children. The Catholic Church in Germany set up a sexual abuse hotline. Incoming calls numbering 4,459 caused a meltdown of the system on its first day of operation. Here's what I do not understand: if a priest decides not to keep his celibacy vows, why victimize children? Why not find adults and have affairs? What kind of spirit is inside a man who would do this to a child (and I ask this of any denomination)?
"Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." ~ Matthew 19:14
An abuse hotline set up by the Catholic Church in Germany melted down on its first day of operation as more than 4,000 alleged victims of paedophile and violent priests called in to seek counselling and advice.
The numbers were far more than the handful of therapists assigned to deal with them could cope with
In the end only 162 out of 4,459 callers were given advice before the system was shut down.
Andreas Zimmer, head of the project in the Bishopric of Trier, admitted that he wasn't prepared for "that kind of an onslaught'.
Earlier this week it was alleged that an ally of the Pope, Bishop Mixa, beat children - a charge he has subsequently denied.
Former girls and boys testified that he beat them with fists and a carpet beater which screaming; 'The devil is in you and I will drive him out!'No surprise that parishioners are leaving the church in "droves" in Germany. One-quarter of Catholics in Germany say they have lost faith in church leadership:
The Rev. Lawrence Murphy spent years molesting children at a school for the deaf in Wisconsin, but when the case came to the attention of the Vatican many years later, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then led by Cardinal Ratzinger before he became pope, declined to take action.