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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Carlos Urrutigoity was accused of sexual abuse in a highly publicized lawsuit in Pennsylvania in 2002. He and another priest were suspended amid allegations they had sexually molested students at St. Gregory's Academy.


  1. It would be good administration to leave the removal of priests up to local bishops and an investigating council in their diocese composed of clergy and lay people. One of the most horrendous problems of this abysmal sex scandal is the delay in time that allows bishops acting alone to hide evidence, pay hush money to victims and parents, obstructing justice and sinning horribly while they move corrupt clergy silently about from parish to parish.

    The worst problem of all, and the reason it continues to be dragged out so criminally is that the lay people have no determining say in these sex abuse scandals just as they have no say in other church matters. The church is too big for any effort to manage these details from a central headquarters like the Vatican. And such management should never be the determination of one person, clergy or lay.

    Clergy are not competent to manage the business and physical affairs of a diocese or parish. There would be no problem in the clergy providing the people in the pews with the legal advice of canon law. They would be perfectly competent to understand and function accordingly. The people in the pews must participate fully in all church management in order to prevent the sins and crimes that have been so horrendous, scandalous, and destructive.

    Church history proves this true over and over and over. The people in the pews must get off their seats and off their knees and revolt against this clerical domination that hides all this non-stop corruption. The church belongs to everyone. It is not the property of the clergy. The clergy must be stopped from acting like autocrats. Until clergy start proving by their behavior in all matters that they recognize we are all in this together, that “The People of God” includes the people in the pews, that the church does not belong only to them, the people in the pews must revolt. They must stop assisting the clergy in making a farce of religion and this church

    • Are you insane? When a person is suspected of raping children, you turn them into the police immediately, and cooperate fully with their investigations. It has absolutely nothing to do with canon law or the laity, or any other artifact of the catholic church. Render unto caesar that which is caesar’s. In this case, what is caesar’s is all evidence related to the crime of child rape.

  2. See, I notice some errors appeared in my comment. That is exactly why it is important for RNS to correct their blog so that writers can edit their comments, correct errors, when the spell-help and other functions send off those errors.

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