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Ranb 7th July 2019 11:18 AM

Please Forgive the Predator Priests.
 
German Catholics Storm Out of Sermon Urging Forgiveness for Predator Priests
https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/ulric...235319252.html
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A Roman Catholic priest in Germany is facing backlash over a sermon urging parishioners to forgive pedophile priests.

The retired, 79-year-old priest was apparently attempting to preach about the importance of forgiveness in Christianity, using examples from the Bible to insist that pedophile priests deserve to be forgiven, too.

It seems that he doesn't understand that his attitude towards abuse is part of the problem.
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Zurkuhlen complained about bishops referring to predator priests as “criminals,” even if the men were otherwise good at their jobs.

He added that the congregation’s reaction was a “real shock.”

At least one church leader seems to understand.
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The Rev. Stefan Rau, the congregation’s lead pastor, told Kirche-und-Leben that he regrets Zurkuhlen’s comments. The bishop of Münster, Felix Genn, has reportedly asked Zurkuhlen to stop preaching.

Rau said he believes forgiveness isn’t the duty of abuse victims.
Ranb

theprestige 7th July 2019 12:20 PM

Religious tolerance and all that, but I have a hard time forgiving those who preach a faith based on traveling to alien worlds and hunting their sentient life forms as sport.

a_unique_person 7th July 2019 03:13 PM

What the priest says is true, if you take Jesus words in the bible literally. In practice I think a lot of Catholics have had enough. The stories from the Australian royal commission into institutional child abuse were sickening. The Catholic church was by far the worst offender.

luchog 10th July 2019 03:27 PM

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Originally Posted by a_unique_person (Post 12747929)
What the priest says is true, if you take Jesus words in the bible literally. In practice I think a lot of Catholics have had enough. The stories from the Australian royal commission into institutional child abuse were sickening. The Catholic church was by far the worst offender.


The scripture definitely requires forgiving one's enemies and so on, but there's a particular context to those passages, and this falls well outside of that context.

I was abused as a child, and I do think that it is important to forgive my abusers; if someone who enabled that abuse stood in front of me demanding that I forgive them, well, turning around and walking away would be the second thing I would do. At best, this priest is guilty of one of the most tone-deaf and oblivious sermons in history. I'm hoping it's just the result of galloping senility; because damn.


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