Originally posted by FMF
7% of Australian Catholic priests allegedly abused children, inquiry told
"The commission, Australia's highest form of inquiry, is also investigating abuse at non-religious organisations. It has previously heard harrowing testimony from scores of people who suffered abuse at the hands of clergy."
Do thi ...[text shortened]... eve that all of these priests can yet be "saved" and avoid "damnation" if they repent sincerely?
I am going to break my vow of silence and engage you in this subject for its a topic that I have been researching lately. I too have read the Royal commissions reports and this once again brings the so called 'seal of confession', mandatory reporting and penitent privilege to the fore. But I warn you FMF, please do not make this personal nor attempt to misconstrue, misrepresent or vilify me in any way. I am not a Catholic and I have no vested interest in defending the Catholic church nor child abuse.
To answer your question there is only one sin that is unforgivable, all others can be forgiven if repentance is genuine and the penitent demonstrates by actions that he or she has changed their behaviour and are truly sorry for the harm they have caused. 'Saved' and 'avoid damnation' are different things but I suspect that repentance is a prerequisite for both.
My interest in the Royal Commissions findings into the Catholic church was ignited when I read an article in which a priest used the seal of confession to cover over his abuse in the most sordid way. Knowing that another priest knew of his iniquity he went and confessed his deeds knowing that the confessor who heard his testimony could not under the seal of confession relate it to anyone else, a truly heinous act.
One of Father Victor Gabriel Rubeo's victims had earlier confided in Mr O'Donnell and warned his abuser.
Rubeo turned up at 8am the next day, sat down and then dropped on his knees and went into confessional mode, Mr O'Donnell told the child abuse royal commission on Tuesday.
"I gave absolution, and as he walked out the door he laughed at me. In other words, he had made sure that I couldn't speak to anyone," said Mr O'Donnell, who left the priesthood in 1999.
"I felt totally entrapped by that situation; that he had found out that I'd been told, he came to me, put himself in a confessional situation that therefore took me out.
"My only joy was that he was convicted without me being involved."
This is possibly the worst abuse of the confessional that I have ever heard of.