Zed further said that this authoritative paper should truthfully address the reported worldwide sexual abuse crisis the Church was facing; and then list the solutions, action program and implementation schedule. A monitoring body should also be established for future.
Zed stressed that besides White Paper, all the victims worldwide should be adequately compensated for the hurt and pain. Pledging reform was wonderful but it should be followed by decisive actions.
Zed argued that instead of church officials pointing fingers at the “hostile media”, consumerism, and secularism; His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI should publicly acknowledge the reported past mistakes of the Church on this issue, apologize, and clarify his personal role in the crisis.
Zed noted that stonewalling could not go on forever to handle such a big Church credibility crisis. It was now time to abandon the reported institutional self-protection and embrace accountability and transparency. Vatican should come out of its bureaucratic web and reset its priorities and undertake complete reform.
Eyes of the world were at Vatican now to see how it handled this scandal as Roman Catholics at about 1.2 billion were the largest single religious group. If asked, Hindus were willing to help Catholics to plan preventive strategy for the future on this issue, Zed added.
According to reports, in submission to a state parliamentary enquiry, the Roman Catholic Church has confirmed that 620 children have been sexually abused by its priests in Victoria and 45 cases are still being investigated; while the campaigners argue that the total number could be as high as 10,000.
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