March 12, 2010
Posted: 1349 GMT

Despite holding meetings with Irish and German church officials involved in recent sex abuse scandals, some feel Pope Benedict XVI is not doing enough. We wanted to know your thoughts:

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CALVIN LAWAN   March 12th, 2010 2:32 pm ET

No, I dont think the Pope is doing enough to address the sex scandal in the Catholic Church. I am of the opinion that Priest should be allowed to marry as the first steps in addressing this issue and also,those found wanting should be made to face the full wrath of the law to serve as deterrent to would-be-offenders.

skuller   March 12th, 2010 2:32 pm ET

I don't understand the Church anymore. Shouldn't it promote traditional values? :/

Keira   March 12th, 2010 4:29 pm ET

Of course they're not doing enough! It's like trying to patch up a sinking ship w/ bubble gum! They're still too busy condemning divorce, birth control & other issues to really tackle the sex abuse issue!

Marc   March 12th, 2010 5:32 pm ET

I think that every religion protects there sinners, if it is sexual abuse or murder in God's name,They will always find an excuse to justify their mistakes.
They are all just hypocrites!!!!

Cara   March 12th, 2010 5:43 pm ET

I´m no fan of the th Catholic church or the pope ( been raised catholic, though), but I think the overall response to these sex scandals has been fairly good. At least they´re condemning giving attention to it know, instead of just sweeping it under the carpent like they´ve been doing for centuries. There´s only so much the pope himself can do. We can´t expect miracles from that.

MO   March 12th, 2010 6:11 pm ET


Your organization is filled with liberal mental disorder journalists. The Catholic Church helps mankind in so many positive ways yet you love to push the sex scandal issue. Could you please, just ONCE, run a story about the good deeds performed by the Church. Do you hate Christianity? Do you hate conservative thought? Do you realize I'm watching your program only because I'm in Europe and I can't get the FOX News Chanel?

It's no wonder that only a handful of people watch your worthless program in the USA.

God Bless America!

khalid Abubakar   March 12th, 2010 6:14 pm ET

I think the pope is trying the Best he can. But I think they should also look at the background of the church members before promoting them to the position of priest. The will reduce the scandal in the catholic church.

Kelvin   March 12th, 2010 6:16 pm ET

Hala, that question does not really make sense because none of us can tell if he his doing enough or not. None of us know how informed he is regarding this issue and what he is doing behind the scenes to address the issue.

So there is no need for people to judge the Pope based on speculation.

ned63   March 12th, 2010 7:06 pm ET

As tragic as this abuse is, it is a local matter to deal with on a case by
case basis. The Pope's role should be one of a public statement voicing the Churches' dissapointment with this prior conduct and clearly outlining an intent for zero tolerance in the future.

nimitz benedicto   March 12th, 2010 7:12 pm ET

No. and I don't think they ever will.

Yes, he's doing a lot to cover up their a******.

Ugonna   March 12th, 2010 7:54 pm ET

before 1969, ex-communication is the punishment for such scandal but today, it is traditional Catholics who still keep to the believes and practices of the Catholic church of Post Vatican II that are ex- communicated.

The Catholic Church is today filled with liberal mental Priests and lay members and my opinion is that this scandal will never end until the catholic church returns to its disciplinary practices on priest

Thot   March 12th, 2010 8:59 pm ET

I'm Catholic raised, but I don't condemn the Medias for keep warning about this issue.
Catholic Church had a remarkable way to escape to world condemnation of some of the atrocities that were made through out Christianity history in the name of God.
And Catholic Church seems to always live a century behind their time. They don't fallow the fast changes of the world, maybe that's why so many people have tried to look in other religions to an answer and support that the Catholic Church doesn't know how to give
But there are always exceptions. Catholics did and do good things as well... They are great people among Catholics that did/do amazing things as well in support of human kind.

Thot   March 12th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

In all religions in the world, the wrong use of religion, and faith to justify the use of power to do abuse, justify actions or ideas that can hurt or submit others to do awful things should be alerted and punished as well.

Jakup   March 13th, 2010 12:36 pm ET

Hello all !
I think The Pope is trying the best he can, what ever he´s doing, he knows, that more heads gotta role...this has sickened him I´m sure!

And to some, relax you don´t know what your talkng about...just don´t watch! They´r doing a decent job at CNN, all though it´s the journalists point of wiev, and state of mind that rules, they ´r allowed to have an opinion!
But that opinion is far from being against christianity!!!

We´re all in need of some holy water splash, but when the herd is comming to drink, there will be alot of fighting at the through!
Same goes for catholic priests!

A. Smith, Oregon   March 16th, 2010 6:22 am ET

Pope Ratz's brother Georg Ratzinger is smack in the middle of multiple child rape cases during the time he headed the German parishes choir.

Pope Ratz placed a Cardinal from Portland, OR. into his former job overseas in the Vatican, who was previously accused of a cover up in ongoing child rape cases here in Oregon.

Pope Ratz appears to be present in the cover up and movement of serial pedophiles within the Vatican and outlining parishes.

Pope Ratz appears to have instructed Cardinals to move clergy accused of being pedophiles to other non-suspecting parishes where they repeated their preditation on new children.

Pope Ratz appears to have instructed Parishes to declare bankruptcy rather than pay the Court ordered monetary settlements to children found to have been raped and sexually abused by Catholic clergy.

Pope Ratz appears to have sent delegates to former Secretary of State Condie Rice requesting that she speak to then former President Bush to block existing Court orders seeking to include the Vatican in its monetary settlement claims.

(After meeting with Condie Rice, President Bush appears to have instructed the US Justice Dept. to block US Courts from seeking monetary damages from the Vatican!).

Ezenwelu I. Collins   March 17th, 2010 8:13 pm ET

Hey Mo I Stand in defence of the whole CNN Staff's. Never condemn or criticise the Journalists' reports.

Kelvin   March 17th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

I support MO! For almost a week now, CNN has been focusing on this issue. I don't know what they are trying so hard to achieve.
The German chancellor even said today in the German Parliament that this is not a Catholic only issue but an issue affecting the entire German society. Those thinking that these sporadic incidents are going to make some people "less" Catholic are deceiving themselves. There is just so much more to the Catholic Church.

O'Donnel   March 19th, 2010 9:30 am ET

It's a shame that people like Kelvin exist, denying all wrongdoing and blaming the source no matter what.

Kelvin   March 19th, 2010 3:01 pm ET

@O'Donnel: Hahahaha. Thanks for the compliment. With all due respect, I am not denying all wrongdoings within the Catholic Church (if that's what you mean). The CC is not perfect but it will continue to strive for perfection. It's just unfortunate that often times, people undermine the much bigger role the CC plays in our society today (Education, Health Care, Poverty, Peace etc) and focus more on the shortcomings of the CC. There is just so much more to this great institution, the Catholic Church.

William Edwards   March 25th, 2010 8:31 pm ET

Is this one of the all time travesties for the church to undermine the seriousness of these crimes, check out it show in real time (graphs) people who supports the church there are some sick puppies out there

Miguel   March 26th, 2010 7:28 pm ET

I think the Pope is doing the best he can. There are bad seeds in the world in any and all organizations.

philo   March 26th, 2010 11:47 pm ET

What has always shocked me is that even if a Catholic priest or father as they are called makes a woman pregnant, all the church does is to discourage him from meeting this woman again ... if he cannot stop then he is thrown out of the church eventually but remains a priest in case of emergencies. Normally, the woman gets no recognition or even sympathy for she is condemned for having tempted priests who are Christs on earth, according to the teaching of the same church.

Perhaps in the recent scandals, The Catholic is paying for the way it has treated women excluding them from the priesthood and also from having married priests. The church could also be paying for how its priests have treated the ordinary person with regard to sexuality. Everything that has not got to do with allowing and facilitating conception is treated as sin. The ordinary person has carried guilt for too long, for nothing. Perhpas now the priests can understand how often they crucify people who are not even sinning like them!

marcus flores   March 30th, 2010 11:12 am ET

Yes, Pope Benedict IS doing enough.
The Catholic Church has survived worse and will continue to survive in FULL GLORY till the end of time. The behaviour of some fallen-away priests does not detract from Her overall Holiness, and the FACT that Christ (GOD HIMSELF) instituted His Church.. Nor does it affect the Absolute Truth of ALL Her Teachings on matters of Faith and Morals. In this area, the Catholic church has never erred, and can never err. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (of happy memory) once wrote: “Never, never argue with a catholic who has fallen away from the church, for he has fallen away not for a reason but for a thing.” . So reason will cut no ice with them. Only humility and prayer will do the trick. True Catholics are NOT shaken by the scandal. “If my little finger is dirty, does it mean that my whole hand is polluted?”. These fallen-aways are a handful when compared with the many thousands of Catholic Priests faithful to their mission and to their vows. The sensation-hungry media, playing on the people’s lust for gossip, never writes about, or airs shows, and programmes on these millions of devout catholics and non-catholics alike. This is understandable (though not condonable), for the work and dedication of the good would never make hot, gossip-fuelling, error-confirming reading in this hedonistic, relativistic and Godless age. When anyone mentions the few aberrant priests, why not mention, in the same breath, the number of the multitude who have given up their lives to serve God and their fellow-humans. The voice of the Catholic Church is a reproach to the erroneously-formed consciences, and immoral lifestyles of any age; therefore Her voice often touches a raw nerve, making it unwelcome, despite its validity,and its appropriateness.
The often thinly-veiled attempts by the media to denigrate the Catholic Church have NOT discredited it one iota in my view. I live by the Church's Teachings, believe all She teaches, and would die for Her teachings. I love Christ and His God-instituted Church more (much more) than ever before, and the mistakes of some members do not put me off the Church. My faith and my beliefs are much stronger than that. I am catholic for a reason and not for a thing!!! My faith, too, is based on reason.
Finally, it is obvious that the media, in the main, enjoy trying to find fault with the Catholic Church. So I am not surprised by their effusive, albeit negative, and OVERALL-imbalanced reaction. Better for them to probe their own private lives, and the lives of their journalists…..! Then, let the pure-of-heart amongst them sling the mud………..!
A good, well-researched show on the timeless, ever-green wisdom and the Sanctity of the Church might redress this cock-eyed, journalistic lopsidedness.

samuel okpe   April 13th, 2010 6:44 pm ET

while we condemn acts of pedophilia and other sins, the motive of the reports must be weighed carefully. the first drive was for the scandal to be linked with the Pope, it was to no avail. the second was to find him complicit, it failed. the entire motive was not only to voice out for the abused but the deeper intention was to discredit Our Holy Father. Let him who has not sinned cast the first stone. O Man we must realise we are mortals and we will die and be judged only by the content of our hearts. let us fear God who in our flesh proclaimed to us that the gates of Hell shall not prevail against the Church.

samuel okpe   April 13th, 2010 6:56 pm ET

Weigh the gravity of these accusations against the Pope. He did not commit the crime but is being accused by the same people who support the culture of death. the church is an eternal institution regardless of all these; those who come against her fall and will continue to fall. Lets take a look at history; this case will not be different. when have we begun to punish a father for the crimes commited by his children? to all the accusers, is it just to punish a father for the crimes committed by the children especially adults? Every true father will try his best to correct his children within his house and not drive them out to the public. the holy father in the various reports took serious disciplinary steps. he is a true Father who will not send his children out of the home but will take steps to correct their errors.

Jeff Brown   April 13th, 2010 6:56 pm ET

The interview with Richard Dawkins about the Pope was well done. The questions were well formed. I think that Dawkins had mostly bluster to offer, which the questions brought out.

samuel okpe   April 13th, 2010 7:04 pm ET

Forgiveness looks beyond the evil, toleration looks less. Please Hearts of men let us love one another; correcting those who err in love and charity. recall that we shall be judged by the measure of love we share. if we judge others harshly, we also will be judged harshly, if we are compassionate, we shall be shown compassion. LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

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Kelvin   April 13th, 2010 7:38 pm ET

It is very unfortunate what modern Journalism is becoming. The media has been trying sooooo hard to nail the Pope on this issue. They tried everything possible to get the Pope comment on this issue during Holy Week but they failed. It's really unfortunate that after everything the Catholic Church has done (by putting new measures in place to prevent such incidents from happening again), some media outlets are still trying to implicate the Pope. The Catholic Church remains the only institution that has shown leadership on this issue. It has not only acknowledged mistakes made but has gone as far as asking victims to come forth and reported the cases to the authorities. Since 2002, the Catholic Church has put measures in place to prevent such incidents from happening again, yet the media is still not satisfied. This witch hunt will not lead anywhere. The media unfortunately overlooks the grave child molestation and other abuses happening especially in public schools and other institutions. The Catholic Church will forever remain the highest moral institution in the world and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. CNN take note!

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