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The Representative of God on Earth and the leader of the 1 billion strong Roman Catholic Church is a victim, very much like a Jewish Holocaust victim, because of the reporting of explosive information recently detailing the Roman Catholic Church's cover up of it's employee-priest's international terrorist campaign to rape, abuse and molest children under their control.
Reread that sentence...for the WTF value.
I won't argue....it's definitely a WTF sentence. But, sadly, it's all true. Every word.
Pope Benedict XVI's personal preacher on Friday likened accusations against the pope and the Catholic church in the sex abuse scandal to "collective violence" suffered by the Jews.
The Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa said in a Good Friday homily with the pope listening in St. Peter's Basilica that a Jewish friend wrote to him to say the accusations remind him of the "more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism."
"They know from experience what it means to be victims of collective violence and also because of this they are quick to recognize the recurring symptoms," the preacher said.
Information which implicates Pope Benedict in the cover-up of child-raping priests...information printed by worldwide newspapers stating the facts as they have been made available.....is, for the Pope, similar in many ways (according to the Pope's personal preacher) to the collective violence perpetrated on the Jews for their religious and cultural views.
I mean, Jesus Christ on a cracker. 6 million Jews being exterminated by Nazi monsters is JUST LIKE Pope Benedict being criticized for the part he played in his Church's international campaign to cover up for the rape, molestation and abuse of children.
The Vatican's WTF response reminds me of the time George W. Bush and his minions blasted the NY Times for daring to print the story about his administration's blatant lawbreaking in his massive eavesdropping-on-Americans program. But that was only about eavesdropping without warrants. The Pope helped to cover up child rape.
Not everyone employed by Benedict agrees with the Pope's personal preacher....
The head of Germany's Roman Catholic bishops said earlier in an unusually forthright Good Friday statement that the church in the pope's homeland failed to help victims of clerical sex abuse because it wanted to protect its reputation.
Clerics have neglected helping abuse victims by a "wrongly intended desire to protect the church's reputation," Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg said.
The news about sexual and physical abuse of children by priests and other employees leaves the church with "sadness, horror and shame," he said.
That's a bit closer to a human response.
How is Pope Benedict, personally, implicated in the cover up?
The Vatican has denied any cover-up over the abuse of 200 deaf boys in the United States by Reverend Lawrence Murphy from 1950 to 1974. The New York Times reported the Vatican and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict, were warned about Murphy but he was not defrocked.
How bad is this already-ugly story? Very, very bad....
With the scandal spreading across Europe, Benedict apologized to Irish Catholics last week for the “sinful and criminal” sexual abuse of thousands of children across decades. But he made no mention of the need to discipline diocesan leaders most responsible for shielding hundreds of priests from criminal penalties by moving them from parish to parish to continue their crimes.
The pope’s apology fell short not only for Catholics in Ireland, but for those in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, where hundreds of new allegations are emerging to be investigated by a Vatican office that has but 10 workers to do the job.
There are also questions about Benedict’s directive as a Vatican cardinal in 2001 that bishops worldwide were to keep pedophilia investigations secret under threat of ex-communication.
New York Times....
Top Vatican officials — including the future Pope Benedict XVI — did not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys, even though several American bishops repeatedly warned them that failure to act on the matter could embarrass the church, according to church files newly unearthed as part of a lawsuit.
The internal correspondence from bishops in Wisconsin directly to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope, shows that while church officials tussled over whether the priest should be dismissed, their highest priority was protecting the church from scandal.
Three successive archbishops in Wisconsin were told that Father Murphy was sexually abusing children, the documents show, but never reported it to criminal or civil authorities.
All of this sickening ugliness should make for an extremely contradictory Easter weekend. Hundreds of millions of Catholics will be looking to Rome's Vicar for spiritual guidance and leadership in the midst of the release of clear information that the Vicar, himself, has been involved in one of the most inhumane international crime sprees against children ever perpetrated.
Quite a paradox.
Postscript: If you knew about a single case of child rape, you would be guilty of complicity in that crime if you didn't report it to the authorities for the egregious violation of civil law that it represented.
Comprehending that point.....IS the point.
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