Pope Suggests that People Not Judge Priests in Scandal

Ironically, when addressing the crowds in St. Peter’s Square from his studio window yesterday, Benedict cited the Gospel passage about Jesus inviting those without sin to cast the first stone toward an adulterer.

Even though the global sex-abuse scandal is about men priests, the Pope use the pronoun ‘she’, choosing to cite the Gospe passage about Jesus inviting those without sin to cast the first stone toward an adulterer.

“While acknowledging her sin, he does not condemn her, but urges her to sin no more,” Benedict told English-speaking pilgrims at his weekly audience in the square. via Toronto Star

In Switzerland, where a new scandal is brewing, abbot Martin Werlen of the Benedictine abbey at Einsiedeln expressed his concerns:

“I fear that the church leadership in Rome fails to take the situation seriously enough,” he was quoted as telling weekly newspaper SonntagsBlick. via Toronto Star

EarthTimes reports that Werlen has recommended a sex abuse registry for Catholics, similar to the US legal registry.  We wrote abut kids and sexting yesterday, where the distribution of a naughty photo can make an American child a sex offender for life. Werlen suggests a similar registry for priests.