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"like, whatever:" today's standards, as Serious People see them

by Jerome a Paris Sat Mar 20th, 2010 at 09:19:32 AM EST

Pope Offers Apology, Not Penalty, for Sex Abuse Scandal

Nowhere in the letter did Benedict address the responsibility of the Vatican itself. Many victims’ groups have criticized the Vatican for not recognizing the depth and scope of the abuse crisis sooner. Nor did he use the term punishment, or spell out any consequences for clergy or bishops who had not upheld canon or civil law. Indeed, he laid blame firmly with Irish Catholic leaders.

The Repo Men’s New Lehman Shrug

There are two ways to react to the biblically proportioned report that Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy examiner released last Friday, which over its 2,209 pages (not counting appendices) has echoes of Grisham, Orwell and Ayn Rand. The first is to lose faith in man. (...) The second reaction is to shrug.

Two former senior Lehman executives did just that this week, telling The Observer that the examiner’s autopsy, especially its news that about $50 billion was quietly scooted off the firm’s balance sheet for each of the first two quarters of 2008, was simply not a big deal.

The former managing director in London said that Repo 105 was an open secret there, if it was a secret at all. “Yeah, yeah, yeah. In Europe, people just generically talk about it. It’s funny, for nonprofessionals, you can try to make it a smoking gun,” the source said, “I’m like, whatever.”

Sure, the pope offers a nicely worded apology, not a contemptuous shrug like the Lehman MD, but, fundamentally, he's saying "I'm like, whatever" to the pedophilia victims, and obviously expects to get away with it (well, maybe he'll have to give out some of the money collected from the parents of the abused kids to the kids at some point...)

In both cases, major crimes are committed and very little is done to prevent these from happening again, let alone to bring the perpetrators to justice. And the Serious People who might notice that people in the street are distraught, disgusted, depressed and numb won't really care: they are getting away with it, aren't they?

Just like with the Iraq War, torture, "reform," offshoring, banking self-regulation and lower taxes.

They raped us, they got away with it, they know it, and they know we know it.

It will happen again.

Wind power

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Mar 20th, 2010 at 10:04:09 AM EST
Well, for someone who told us only two days ago that we would be seeing a bit less of you for a while, you've been on a roll lately!  :-)

One would almost believe that the Serious PeopleTM around the world have conspired to keep you kickin'.

Sadly, we know there's not even the barest need for that...

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Mar 20th, 2010 at 11:39:58 AM EST
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It's the weekend.

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 21st, 2010 at 06:26:42 AM EST
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Unfortunately the old jokes about democracy are increasingly true.

"whoever you vote for, the government always gets in"

"if voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal"

But never before has the distance between government and governed been wider. They are trending mercantile right and we are trending green left.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Mar 20th, 2010 at 04:31:25 PM EST
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  • Nobody cares what you think!

  • Nobody will keep his election promises!

  • Nobody is standing up for your job!

Everything will be better if Nobody is elected.

- Anarchist joke

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Mar 20th, 2010 at 07:18:06 PM EST
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[Serious people's Like, whatever™ technology]

The brainless should not be in banking -- Willem Buiter
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 21st, 2010 at 06:33:59 AM EST
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Pastoral Letter of pope Benedict XVI

1. Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Church in Ireland, it is with great concern that I write to you as Pastor of the universal Church. Like yourselves, I have been deeply disturbed by the information which has come to light regarding the abuse of children and vulnerable young people by members of the Church in Ireland, particularly by priests and religious. I can only share in the dismay and the sense of betrayal that so many of you have experienced on learning of these sinful and criminal acts and the way Church authorities in Ireland dealt with them.

6. To the victims of abuse and their families. You have suffered grievously and I am truly sorry. I know that nothing can undo the wrong you have endured. Your trust has been betrayed and your dignity has been violated. Many of you found that, when you were courageous enough to speak of what happened to you, no one would listen. Those of you who were abused in residential institutions must have felt that there was no escape from your sufferings. It is understandable that you find it hard to forgive or be reconciled with the Church. In her name, I openly express the shame and remorse that we all feel.

7. To priests and religious who have abused children. You betrayed the trust that was placed in you by innocent young people and their parents, and you must answer for it before Almighty God and before properly constituted tribunals. You have forfeited the esteem of the people of Ireland and brought shame and dishonour upon your confreres. Those of you who are priests violated the sanctity of the sacrament of Holy Orders in which Christ makes himself present in us and in our actions. Together with the immense harm done to victims, great damage has been done to the Church and to the public perception of the priesthood and religious life.

... At the same time, God's justice summons us to give an account of our actions and to conceal nothing. Openly acknowledge your guilt, submit yourselves to the demands of justice, but do not despair of God's mercy.

11. To my brother bishops. It cannot be denied that some of you and your predecessors failed, at times grievously, to apply the long-established norms of canon law to the crime of child abuse. Serious mistakes were made in responding to allegations. I recognize how difficult it was to grasp the extent and complexity of the problem, to obtain reliable information and to make the right decisions in the light of conflicting expert advice. Nevertheless, it must be admitted that grave errors of judgement were made and failures of leadership occurred. All this has seriously undermined your credibility and effectiveness. I appreciate the efforts you have made to remedy past mistakes and to guarantee that they do not happen again. Besides fully implementing the norms of canon law in addressing cases of child abuse, continue to cooperate with the civil authorities in their area of competence.

Irish Times - Mixed reaction to pope's letter

Four Irish Catholic bishops resign over church cover-up of child abuse

(The Guardian) Dec. 25, 2009 - Dublin Bishops Eamonn Walsh and Ray Field offered an apology to child-abuse victims as they announced their resignation during Christmas mass.

Earlier two other bishops, Donal Murray of Limerick and Jim Moriarty of Kildare, resigned following the publication on 26 November of a three-year investigation into why so many abusive Dublin priests escaped justice for so long.

"But I will not let myself be reduced to silence."

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 20th, 2010 at 04:20:45 PM EST

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