For over seven hundred years
there has been a doctrine within the Catholic Church called mental reservation.
The idea of mental reservation harkens back to a time when there were
two separate court systems - ecclesiastical courts run by the church and civil
courts run be the state.
Over seven hundred years ago the idea of
mental reservation was forged to protect the Catholic Church in civil court.
The doctrine of mental reservation claims that it is
morally justifiable to lie in order
to protect the reputation of the institutionalized Catholic Church.
The doctrine has been used quite extensively in modern times to protect the
Catholic Church from civil allegations that the institution of the Catholic
Church allowed recognized pedophiles to continue to
work with children.
a priest or nun is questioned about acts
of clergy that would be considered heinous, such as pedophila, the
priest or nuns are counseled by the
institutionalized Catholic Church that
lying is morally justifible, not a
sin, under the doctrine of mental reservation.
"I'm certain there are
many Catholics who have never heard of the doctrine of mental reservation.
Let's call it what it truly is. It is standing in a public forum, swearing to
one's God to tell the truth and then lying." - Victoria Martin
"Over the years, it has been
clear to the Roman Catholic hierarchy that anything that undermines the
confidence of the
faithful in the church risks driving people away, thereby
dooming them to hell.
Therefore, the best thing to do about the
misdeeds of priests is to cover them up.
As the reasoning goes, the harm done to boys through molestation is far
less than that through eternal
damnation." - Rory Johnston
"Lying to protect the church's
reputation in sex abuse cases is a moral issue.
Victims of sexual abuse by
priests suffer lifelong trauma. Mental reservation to protect the church
is immoral." - Marie Pietrasant
2007 Los Angeles Archdiocese agrees to pay $660 million to
settle claims of sexual abuse
committed by priests on children.
horrified and angered to
tears at the
hypocrisy and enormity of the
sexual abuse that took place in the
Archdiocese of Los Angeles over the last 70 years: 570
victims abused by 221 priests." - Jerry
"Priests don't emerge from a vacuum; those growing up from the
1950s on have been exposed to a mass
media culture with its pervasive "sex sells" mentality.
I visited a
Catholic monastery in Big Sur a few years ago and was impressed with its film
library - it looked like a small Blockbuster.
movies was among the
monks' favorite pastimes, one monk said.
"How can people steeped in
childhood turn off basic human needs and
desires for their entire adult lives?" -
"Evidence doesn't line up with the ideology that it's always
harmful for kids to have sexual relationships with adults and a boy's sexual
experience with a priest could be
When I was
a minor, I had sex with an adult.
I'd say on balance that it was a
perfectly good experience." - Judith Levine*, Harmful to Minors: The Perils
of Protecting Children From Sex, Minnesota Star Tribune, March 26,
The Roman Catholic Church paid out more than $1 billion in claims
to victims of sex abuse by clergy in the
And then there was Dagoberto Valle Arriaga who killed his
son in the hope that church authorities would not discover that he sired a
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