Clarification regarding pedophylia and other unjustices
done by some Catholic Church officials
We think that there is need for clarification, information and reminding on several facts about which we can hear or read very little or nothing.
1.) As soon as any Catholic, a layperson, priest, bishop, cardinal or Pope would do any wrongdoing, unjustice, dishonesty or act against true love, kindness, he or she would do that against Catholic Faith, Catholic Church and Jesus Himself.
2.) Such acts are in some way atheistic acts, because they are done against God’s direct wish, against Him.
3.) It is impossible to do something in name of Catholic Faith or Church what is unjust, dishonest, destructive or against true love and kindness. Somebody can claim that he or she is doing something unjust and evil in name of Cath.Church, but such statement is false.
Catholic Church is unique
By informing about these three points we lead people to the fact that Head of Cath.Church is Jesus Christ Himself.
Holy Father is His Vicar. When he speaks as Vicar of Christ, listening to him we hear Jesus. Jesus guaranties us that.
Leaders of any other Church or religion speak in their own name and they can say wrong things and sometimes do say wrong things.
4.) Catholic Church invites all priests, bishops, cardinal and the Pope that at beginning of everyday Holy Mass publicly admit and repent for any act against honesty, justice, kindness, love and constructivity, publicly promise to not repeat any of them and ask all present to pray for them to keep that promise. If some of them do not say it sincerely, it is their wrong decision and responsibility, not responsibility of Church.
5.) Cath.Church has not to be ashamed of anything. Ashamed should be all who do unjust asts, who cover them, who do not do everything possible to prevent them, and who do not do everything possible to protect victims of wrongdoings.
6.) Same as some people today accuse Cath.Church for atrocities done by Catholics during Crusade and other wars, unjustice done in time of Inquisition, or for pedophilic acts by priests, in 50, 100 or 200 years they would be able to accuse Catholic Church for demographic decline of our time, because many Catholics used contraception and abortion. Church allways asks all Catholics to be just, kind loving and constructive.
Our experience confirm importance of making these points
In many conversations and debates about wrongdoings of Catholics during Crusade wars, Inquisitions etc, we made silent critics of Catholic Church, by use of these points. In several international conferences where was violence and religions discussed we used these points, and audience had nothing to say. Same was at World Conference on Violence and Religion in New York Waldorf Astoria Hotel several years ago and in Juish Center in Zagreb when speaker talked about antisemitism in Catholic Church.
In time of widespread media coverage of pedophilic acts by some priests, we sent text with listed points to all journalist and media people in Croatia. After our mail, media mentioning of so called pedoiphile scandal went down on less then 10 % of previous time.
When journalist have seen that we have unrefutable, simple, easy to understand and verifiable arguments, they are relactant to continue. They do not want to come out as dumb.
Other reason is that people who are on our side get clear and simple arguments which they can use in discussions in redactions.
Darka and Marijo Zivkovic, Family Center, Kaptol 10, PP 579, Zagreb, Croatia
Darka and Marijo Zivkovic are codirectors of Family Center. They work for long time nationally and internationally. Were two times for five years periods members of Pontifical Council for Family in Vatican. They have six children and at moment 18 visible grandchildren.