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Posted at 3:17 PM ET, 04/21/2010

Cardinal replaced over abuse comments

By Washington Post editors


A controversial cardinal, who was supposed to deliver an elaborate Latin mass this weekend at one of the most prominent Catholic churches in Washington and the country, is being replaced after advocated for clergy sex abuse victims expressed outrage over his role this week.

In statement posted on a website for the event, organizers said they and Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos have agreed that another official should lead the the mass because of recent reports that Castrillón Hoyos of Colombia once praised a French bishop for not telling police about a priest who had sexually assaulted children.

A group supporting victims of abuse who had lobbied against Castrillon leading the mass -- still scheduled for this Saturday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception -- praised the move. The group, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, had sent letters Tuesday to Pope Benedict XVI and Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, calling on them to condemn Castrillón’s remarks and replace him in the Mass.

-- William Wan


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By Washington Post editors  | April 21, 2010; 3:17 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Catholic Church, Darío Castrillón Hoyos, Pope Benedict XVI, Sexual abuse, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests  
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I'm not sure who is worse --- the pedophiles or those who covered up and protected all of them. They all should stand trial for justice. They each will have to face the Lord when it's their time -- but I believe that Justice needs serving here and now. Coverups are accomplices --- trial them ALL.

Posted by: wolfmanjack14 | April 21, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

As an initial caveat, I concede that I am ignorant concerning the circumstances involving the French bishop. I have not seen anything describing how the bishop came to have knowledge of the abuse. If the bishop became aware of the abuse allegations through confession, the cardinal was right in supporting the bishop's failure to divulge the information. That is a basic tenet of the Church. An article which, either intentionally or out of concern for space limitations, fails to provide the bigger picture facts does a disservice to readers by not adequaetly informing them. While I may well have a right to righteous indignation for church leaders intentionally hiding negative information they learned through reports or cries for help of victims, I can't fault a priest that honors his duty to protect the sanctity of the confessional. Next time, more facts please, unless the intent was to embarass church leadership. If that was the intent, then shame on the authors.

Posted by: blankr | April 21, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Let me see How many clergy of the other vast Religious organizations Have abused
Childred, If we are to clean house let clean all the houses. Why focus on just the Catholic Church.....

Posted by: akeegan2 | April 21, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Let me see How many clergy of the other vast Religious organizations Have abused
Childred, If we are to clean house let clean all the houses. Why focus on just the Catholic Church.....

Posted by: akeegan2 | April 21, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.

Adapting Rev. Wright's remarks re: America:
The Church's chickens have come home to roost.

A hierarchy that tolerates pedophilia

Gives the prospect of protests at solemn events a big boost.

But now appears to have recognized its mistake
And has canceled the appearance of a "pedo-sympathizer"
At a highly symbolic church happening in Washington--
A hierarchy that's sadder and (one can only hope) wiser.

Posted by: Gonzage1 | April 21, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Having Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos celebrate the liturgy at the Shrine would have been a sin against the Holy Spirit.

HOLDING CLERGY AND CHURCH LEADERS ACCOUNTABLE BEFORE THE LAW

Professor Marci Hamilton and Sister Maureen Paul Turlish on NPR's Radio Times on WHYY Philadelphia 04/12/2010
http://whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/2010/04/12/holding-clergy-and-church-leaders-legally-accountable-for-child-abuse/

Sister maureen Paul Turlish
Victims' Advocate
VP, DACOA, www.dacoa.org
maureenpaulturlish@yahoo.com

Posted by: SMPTURLISH | April 21, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I want these people to answer to the same laws that the rest of have to live by. That isn't asking too much is it? The law requires a separation of church and state, not a 'get out of jail free' card for baby rapers just because they have a 'calling'.

The people protecting the baby rapers need to answer for their crimes as well.
We HAVE to be able to depend on our government to do the right thing or it's a meaningless, worthless government that we have.

Posted by: realneil | April 21, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the old crimson dinosaur backed out. I would have loved to see him face a phalanx of victims and protesters at the Shrine. His predeliction for the Tridentine Rite is quaint and irrelevant, his remarks and actions in regard to pedophile priests cries to heaven for vengeance. I hope he is hounded in Rome and in his travels by the righteous anger of the faithful.

Posted by: Lorenzo-NY | April 22, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Too bad the old crimson dinosaur backed out. I would have loved to see him face a phalanx of victims and protesters at the Shrine. His predeliction for the Tridentine Rite is quaint and irrelevant, his remarks and actions in regard to pedophile priests cries to heaven for vengeance. I hope he is hounded in Rome and in his travels by the righteous anger of the faithful.

Posted by: Lorenzo-NY | April 22, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

As a Catholic with solid religious education I'm sadened by the sudden interest of the church lately to go back to the Middle Ages, the Tridentine Mass is a thing of the past, like the "indulgencias" that are being sold again. The child abuse cases I think are just the tip of the iceberg.

Posted by: eduferrero | April 22, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

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