Ever wonder what honest, sober Catholics say about the deliberate, systematic Vatican denial & cover-up of what pedophile priests do to innocent 8 year-old-boys?
The focus now is on Benedict. What did he know? When did he know it? How did he act once he knew?
The questions arise not only about his conduct in Munich, but also, based also as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. A March 25 Times story, citing information from bishops in the United States, reported that the Vatican had failed to take action against a priest accused of molesting as many as 200 deaf children while working at a school from 1950 to 1974. Correspondence reportedly obtained by the paper showed requests for the defrocking of the priest, Fr. Lawrence Murphy, going directly from U.S. bishops to Ratzinger, then head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, now the Vatican secretary of state. No action was taken against Murphy.
Like it or not, this new focus on the pope and his actions as an archbishop and Vatican official fits the distressing logic of this scandal. For those who have followed this tragedy over the years, the whole episode seems familiar: accusation, revelation, denial and obfuscation, with no bishop held accountable for actions taken on their watch. Yes, there is a depressing madness to this story. Time after time, this is a story of institutional failure of the deepest kind, a failure to defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a failure to put compassion ahead of institutional decisions aimed at short-term benefits and avoiding public scandal.
The strategies employed so far -- taking the legal path, obscuring the truth, and doing everything possible to protect perpetrators as well as the church's reputation and treasury -- have failed miserably.Credibility gap: Pope needs to answer questions
Ah yes, the comments.
I must tell you, and it is well known, that many many thousands of families, children and others complained to Bishops and pastors when these crimes were occurring, and they were completely ignored, at best. Frequently, they were accused of being scandalous and sinning for the very act of bringing up the topic. Bishops and supervising priests lied about 'doing something about it', committing further criminal acts by failing to report the crimes to police and moving the perpetrator to another parish where they could abuse more kids.And Who was it said,
"Whatsoever you do unto the least of these, you do also unto Me!".So, ordained priests who rape & bugger boys, also rape & bugger God? One can only imagine an Almighty who enjoys that.