Delo Calls for Ten Commandments to be Pinned on Church Doors

Ljubljana, 12 February - Last week's arrest of a priest in northeastern Slovenia on child sex charges has daily Delo in an uproar. The paper says it is about time that the Ten Commandments are pinned on the doors of churches around Slovenia.

Although nobody has been found guilty, the mounting investigations of child sex scandals in the Church means that neither the Church nor the state will be able to keep silent for much longer, Delo says in its commentary.

The Slovenian society is not blind, deaf or stupid, and it still manages some values, the paper says. This is also the reason it has started speaking openly about wrongdoing in the Church and which is why it continues making assertions about the need to separate Church from state.

On the other hand, the state continues to do the Church a great diservice by pardoning its behaviour and subsequently allowing it to continue acting as if it was superior to the people and the state. Its finances are not checked and it does not pay any tax on business activities, Delo points out.

While the time for a new Reformation has not come yet (although it is sure to happen), the time has come for the Ten Commandments to be understood, accepted and respected, Delo says in demanding that the "Ten Commandments be Pinned on Church Doors".

© STA, 2007