Sorry but this is sooo disturbing!!
The Vatican’s top anti-abuse prosecutor has warned that the Catholic Church in Asia is falling behind in the fight against pedophilia due to cultural differences over what constitutes child abuse.
“The problem is very accentuated in Asia,” Archbishop Charles Scicluna told reporters ahead of a major international conference this week in the Vatican’s Gregorian University on the crisis of pedophilia in the Church.
Scicluna, who addressed an unprecedented closed-door meeting on the issue with Asian Church leaders in Bangkok in November last year, added: “There is an awareness that there is abuse and something needs to be done.”
The Vatican has asked national bishops’ conferences from around the world to submit by May their guidelines on how to deal with abusive priests and cooperate with local law enforcement in an effort to root out abuse.
“In some cultures, it’s hard for victims to come forward. We are debating how to change a culture that favors silence over denunciation,” he said.
Thousands of clergy abuse scandals in Europe and the United States have rocked the Catholic Church in recent years, revealing a culture of cover-up dating back decades that Church leaders say they now want to eradicate.
Far fewer cases of child abuse have come to light in other parts of the world such as Asia, Africa and Latin America, where public scandals involving financial corruption or affairs by priests with women have been more common.
The meeting of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) in November, entitled “The Impact of Paedophilia: Crisis in the Church in Asia”, warned that abuse “has already become a considerably serious problem in Asia”.
“Let us not be complacent that pedophilia is a problem of the West or the other continents of the world. It is equally prevalent in many countries in Asia,” organizers said, calling for “drastic and immediate measures.”
WTF? You are supposed to be men and women of God, yet you molest children? No wonder religions are going out of style! Hypocrites!