Saturday, April 10, 2010

Guilty Until Proven Innocent
This certain 'blood crazed ferret' for Cardinal

Thank God for Damien Thomspon. I'll admit, I've been rather dis-heartened by much of what I've been reading as of late. But leave it to Thompson to place things into reasonable context. Here's his bit of sanity and rationale from The Telegraph; (Emphasis mine) And so the relentless attempts to 'get' Pope Benedict XVI continue…
By Damian Thompson

The Associated Press is claiming that the former Cardinal Ratzinger was implicated in a decision to delay defrocking a paedophile priest. Sounds bad, doesn’t it? But, as with all the media attempts to “get” Pope Benedict XVI, the story turns out to be a bit more complicated than the headlines imply. Fr Stephen Kiesle committed his disgusting crimes in the 1970s, the Diocese of Oakland withdrew him from priestly ministry and he asked to be laicised, a complicated canonical procedure. In 1985 Ratzinger signed a letter (in Latin) urging caution but then did give permission for the defrocking, which happened in 1987.

Probably the delay was a bad decision; but it was as a lay worker that Kiesle later volunteered for youth ministry – and seems to have got away with it, thanks to the diocese, not the CDF. We don’t really know the full details, but it’s pretty clear to me that, as with The New York Times’s dodgy Wisconsin story, the shocking negligence of the Church authorities can’t easily be laid at the door of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who did not take over direct responsibility for sex cases until 2001. And, indeed, no one would be trying to do so if he hadn’t later become Pope.

Meanwhile, as I pointed out the other day, a genuine sex and corruption scandal is engulfing the Vatican, as it becomes clear that senior Cardinals and curial officials accepted money from the creepy Legionaries of Christ. But there’s a problem: as in the case of the pervert Cardinal Groer, Joseph Ratzinger is untainted by the scandal. So no big deal, eh? All that matters to various media outlets is that they beat the opposition to The Story That Brings Down The Pope. And if it doesn’t exist? “Of course it exists!” scream certain editors.
None of this Ratzinger-baiting helps the victims of clerical abuse. In fact, it has helped one or two sleazebag prelates pass the buck. I despair.


Blogger Coffee Catholic said...

Strike down the shepherd, scatter the flock.

Paint the flock as dangerous, they become feared.

Prey on that fear and no one will say a word when we Catholics are heavily persecuted.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

The press complained that this priest's powers were not removed by Cardinal Ratzinger. Hello! Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Malchizedech. No bishop, Pope or Cardinal, has the power to remove an unremovable "indelible" mark on one's soul. If so, then Baptism can be removed. Same with Confirmation.

Now we all know they should have said "reduced to the lay state." Well this avenue is an internal matter of the Church and not subject to the scrutiny of the NY Times or any other bigoted anti-Catholic organization.

7:40 PM  

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