It’s time to put away the stones

Nicole Sotelo; 18/3/10;

Nicole Sotelo is the author of Women Healing from Abuse: Meditations for Finding Peace, published by Paulist Press, and coordinates www.WomenHealing.com. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, she currently works at Call To Action.

Bishops have stones in their hands aimed at women religious in the United States under the pretext of the apostolic visitation. But the revelations of sexual abuse across the European continent, with the cover-up potentially implicating the Pope himself, begs Jesus’ well-known maxim: “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7).Last weekend, a German newspaper broke the news that, in the early 1980s, Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger of Munich — now Pope Benedict XVI — was allegedly responsible for harboring a priest after he had committed sexual acts with a minor. The survivor says that he was assured the priest would no longer be placed in ministry with children. Instead, after a few months of therapy, the diocese placed the priest back into ministry where more abuse took place.

See http://ncronline.org/blogs/young-voices/its-time-put-away-stones; If you know of abuse taking place or are a survivor, contact SNAP at 877.762.7432 or [email protected]