Gary Forsythe for Protest State Funding of UK 2010 Visit by Pope
"At least 14 of the 22 priests who have served a year or more behind bars are still members of the clergy and 10 of these appear in the most recent edition of the Catholic Directory, the official yearbook of the church. Only eight of the 22 men have been dismissed from their positions.
One of those featured in tonight's programme, Fr John Coughlan, was jailed in 2005. Although he no longer leads services, he is still a priest and lives in church-owned property. He refused to appear on camera but said he was "in limbo" and that he was in touch with other priests who were in a similar situation.
His home is in the diocese of Westminster, which is run by Vincent Nichols, who is the most senior Catholic in the country and who played a pivotal part in developing child protection policies for the church. He has frequently said the Catholic church in England and Wales leads the way in child protection."
"The first child sex scandal in the Catholic church took place in AD153, long before there was a "gay culture" or Jewish journalists for bishops to blame it on. By the 1960s, the problem had become so dire that a cleric responsible for the care of "erring" priests wrote to the Vatican suggesting that it acquire a Caribbean island to put them on."
The Case of the Pope releases on September 29. I know what I'll be reading come the end of the month...
Frankly, I'm thinking the reason for the state visit is state protection. When John Paul II visited the UK in 1982 the visit was pastoral and presumably the Vatican picked up the bulk of the cost. But Pope Benedict has a lot of people who really wish he and his Church and his pedophile priests would just go away.
So centuries of misdeeds on the part of the Church he represents result in their need for taxpayer funded protection?
You bet. And how wrong is that?