Thursday, December 30, 2010

December 30 — The Question is Simple

Where is the Love: For the Money or the Children?

The United Kingdom’s Guardian newspaper reports:

The Vatican today announced new rules to make its financial dealings more transparent and bring it into line with international legislation designed to prevent money-laundering.

The move came after an Italian court in September froze €23m (£19.6m) of the Vatican’s money over claims that its bankers were trying to move the cash across international borders without identifying its source, destination or purpose. Full details of the new measures are to be released today. But a statement made clear they would include the creation of a new compliance authority and the introduction of legislation to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

— This news story begs the question: For those who were raped and sodomized by priests and whose abuse was concealed by the bishops the Church selects, appoints, and keeps in power, bishops who moved priests from town to town, state to state, country to country shielding them and allowing them to continue to abuse, where is the swift and deliberate action of reparation or resolution of the crisis?

Ah, but when the thawing of money is involved, we hear no voices that reform in the Church take time, the machinery grinds slowly, the deliberations are snail paced, there are so many factors to be considered, and there should be no expectation that will change in our respective lifetimes.

As the Scripture tells us, where your treasure is, so you heart will also be.

— Kristine Ward, Chair, NSAC

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