CNN, the new pope has now made it illegal to sexually or physically abuse children in the Vatican.
Am I missing something here?
Forgive me for being a little facetious, but does that mean that child abuse was legal there before? Does this new law mean that the pedophile priests (and others) now have to leave the Vatican in order to continue their sick perversions against children? Is he saying that child abuse in its various forms is legal everywhere except on Vatican grounds? Obviously that's not what the pope meant (I hope), but it is interesting that that's the first thing that came to my mind when I read it. You know what they say about "first impressions."
Yes, supposedly he has ordered that this pedophile problem in the church be dealt with, but why single out the Vatican for these reforms? Why make such a distinction at all? Why not pass the same laws for the rest of the Roman Catholic world? In all fairness, maybe he has. But I'm sorry, this all sounds like more of the same old rhetoric that we've heard time and again from his predecessors.
Until we see some real convictions of these perpetrator-priests in the secular courts, and not just the usual cover-ups by the church that we've all come to know and dislike, I will continue to be just another "Doubting Thomas."
That's the way I see it. Peace.