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Monday Afternoon News Roundup

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Pope Benedict XVI is stepping down as Pope. Here’s a look back. I would like to take a moment and talk about the Catholic Church. First, as a caveat, I’m not Catholic. On the other hand, I do respect what the Catholic Church stands for. I am Christian. As a Christian, I’ve been deeply saddened by the lack of responsiveness that the Catholic Church has shown to its members. We have seen, over the last 5-10 years, the Catholic Church suffer a slow death by a thousand cuts. The problem with priests molesting children was originally exhibited as a tale of an isolated crazed individual, but it was much more than that. So, in this era of modern communications, instant messaging and 24-hour news service, one would figure that the Church would get out ahead of the story and admit its culpability, stand up and say that this type of behavior is unacceptable and will never be tolerated. Unless I missed it, I never heard that kind of admission. To me, as someone who is on the outside of the Catholic faith, this is an unfortunate legacy of Pope Benedict XVI. Finally, I just don’t understand the tradition of electing somebody who is in their late sixties or early seventies.

The cause of the Dinosaurs’ extinction has been theorized to be a meteor. There is now more evidence to support this theory.

In Oregon, protesters decided to exercise their rights by showing up to the State Capitol with guns.

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6 Responses

  1. Some of the litigation regarding the child abuse, especially with the deaf boys school, has been aimed toward the Vatican itself.  With the other scandals in Europe happening as well, perhaps the Pope may have been involved in a cover up when he was Cardinal Ratzinger.  Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston was yanked to the Vatican when it looked like he could be indicted in Massachusetts.

  2. Your time line about the abuse scandal is a little off. Most of the cases came to light after several years and in many cases, decades. The scandal exploded in the media in 2002. Pope Benedict was not the pope at that time.  In April 2001, Pope John Paul II issued a letter stating that “a sin against the Sixth Commandment of the Decalogue by a cleric with a minor under 18 years of age is to be considered a grave sin, or ‘delictum gravius.’
     
    The Church is not run like a corporation. The Bishops are expected to manage problems in the diocese. When it became clear that some were not mishandling these cases, then Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict) recommended that the cases be handled by his office. During that time the Pope met with the US Bishops. The Cardinal of Boston was removed.  There have been internal investigations about the sex abuse scandal and published reports (John Jay).  Bottom line, there have been responses to the scandal on several levels.
     
     As Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Benedict made several of the following comments years ago.
     
    When, as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, he spoke of the scandal— decrying the “filth” in the Church — his words were well-chosen and direct. So were Pope Benedict’s in America. On the airplane coming to the United States, he spoke of his “deep shame,” and said, “we will absolutely exclude pedophiles from the sacred ministry.” To the bishops he spoke of the Church’s“enormous pain,” and said the scandal was “sometimes very badly handled.” To the congregation at Nationals Park, he said “No words of mine could describe the pain and harm inflicted by such abuse.”
     
    Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/benedicts_own_five_issues/#ixzz2Kkp0zvhF

  3. The litigation aimed towards the Vatican has been completely unsucessful.
     
    Any claim that the Pope’s were involved in a cover up is simply anti-Catholic paranoia.
     
    The Vatican tends to focus on their own backyard and were pretty slow in even noticing the events in America.
     
    Law was pulled because he as doing a bad job at handling these cases. No one has ever asked for Law to return to Boston for prosecution.

  4. Hey, thanks for the clarification. I appreciate it. 
     
    So, are you saying that Cardinal Ratzinger handled the scandal correctly? That he moved quickly or not so much.

  5. Complex situation. I still don’t think that the Vatican or Cardinal Law did a good job at handling the situation. I do appreicate TCB’s insight. 
     
    Thanks for your comments.

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