According to some websites, the cesspool of corruption and moral bankruptcy that is the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy was again on display, this time in Mexico where an admitted child rapist has been acquitted by Church authorities. The priest, who is reportedly HIV+ admitted raping 30 young girls between the ages of five and ten years of age in a remote area heavily populated by indigenous people. Other sites such as Patheos report that they Church officials say the named priest doesn't exist or never served on Church rosters. The mere fact that such stories are readily believable speaks volumes about the indifference of a Church hierarchy perhaps motivated by a number of causes, including the fact that the victims and the region lack significant political power and/or relief that the priest was raping girls instead of boys. The truth is that the Church has engaged in lies and cover ups before all across the globe, so that now the expectation exists that the Church is once again lying, My personal take away is that Pope Francis' apologies for the sex abuse scandal are merely a case of crocodile teas and that if one wants moral leadership, the last place to look for morality is the Vatican. Here are highlights on the report on the situation from the Daily Mail:
The Catholic Church has acquitted an HIV-infected priest who has admitted to raping close to 30 young girls between the ages of five and 10 years old. According to a bombshell report, which appeared in the Spanish-language news site Urgente24.com, the priest, Jose Garcia Ataulfo, was absolved of any wrongdoing by the Archdiocese of Mexico. Ataulfo has admitted to sexually assaulting indigenous young girls from Oaxaca, a state in southern Mexico known for its large indigenous population. The priest has yet to face any criminal charges, most likely due to the significant influence that the Catholic Church wields in Mexico, particularly in areas populated by indigenous ethnic groups.
According to Urgente24.com, only two of the over two dozen rape victims have come forward to denounce the acquittal.
The website Anonymous Mexico reported that the mother of one of the victims asked to meet with Pope Francis in Rome, but she was rebuffed by the Vatican which wrote a letter stating that it considered the matter closed.
Sexual abuse of minors by priests – and the subsequent cover-ups by bishops and other Church officials - have been widespread in many countries, including the United States.
The [Boston] Globe exposé, which detailed abuse cases that numbered in the thousands over a span of several decades, inspired other victims to come forward, leading to an avalanche of lawsuits and criminal prosecutions.
Not only did the floodgates open in the US, but the Catholic Church was also forced to confront cases in other countries, including Mexico.