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By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 19, 2003

An abuse victim settles a lawsuit:

The Burlington diocese issued a statement yesterday, saying, "We are pleased with the terms and we are glad to have taken this painful case to resolution."

"We wish the plaintiff well and sincerely hope it brings spiritual and emotional closure to him," said Gloria J. Gibson, communications director for the Burlington diocese.

Spiritual closure?

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Oct. 20, 2003 3:52 PM ET USA

    I think the first case of "spiritual closure" on record was Judas' return of the 30 pieces of silver to the sandedrin and we all know how that turned out.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 19, 2003 8:52 PM ET USA

    Can't we all just get along and feel the closure? There's just so much business as usual to be accomplished and this just keeps getting in the way.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Oct. 19, 2003 8:07 PM ET USA

    The management-speak witchdoctors are alive and well in Burlington diocese. Spiritual closure is a euphemism, meaning: "now that we've given him a wack of doe, he can console himself"; The Gates of Hell widened a little more today with that announcement.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Oct. 19, 2003 12:43 PM ET USA

    My mistake, JP

  • Posted by: - Oct. 19, 2003 11:39 AM ET USA

    If the full extent of the sex crimes, the endless lying and plotting, not to mention the savage viciousness, of altogether too many priests in that diocese were to become widely known, the shock waves might well send the earth right off its axis. There is a large puddle located there, by the name of Sodom Pond, but that is only a tiny hint of the revolting past history of clergy sins crying out to high heaven for vindication.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 19, 2003 11:26 AM ET USA

    John, I don't believe Diogenes comment was directed at the victim, but at the diocesan flunky. He is asking what possibly she could mean by the term "spiritual closure." It is a nonsense term.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Oct. 19, 2003 10:25 AM ET USA

    So we (the Catholic Church) once again assume the victim role and to that end you seperate body and soul so to speak Diogenes? Or perhaps one of us (Catholics) can consumate a miracle and erase the unseen damage that this man has done, thus eliminating the need for any monetary settlement? We (the Church) are in a very bad place to start ascribing "unclean" motives to any sexual target as defined by the courts. It would be better if we just took our punishment and kept our mouths closed.

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