POLITICAL observations & opinions

* yet another case … how much more evidence is needed before good Catholics all over the world call for the resignation and criminal prosecution of sexual abuse enabler Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI)?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 25, 2010

Joseph Ratzinger with Peter Hullerman and Lawrence Murphy, two priests whose sexual abuses were enabled by Ratzinger's neglect and cover-up

UPDATE …

  • Despite the extensive and grave allegations against Murphy, Ratzinger’s deputy at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ruled that the alleged molestation had occurred too long ago and that Murphy — then ailing and elderly — should instead repent and be restricted from celebrating Mass outside of his diocese.
  • The official, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone — now the Vatican’s secretary of state — ordered the church trial halted after Murphy wrote Ratzinger a letter saying he was ill, infirm, and “simply want to live out the time that I have left in the dignity of my priesthood.”

LMW COMMENT …

Wrong !!! Father Murphy had no right to the uninterrupted dignity of old age after he had ruined the lives of countless children. Beyond that, there should have been investigation and prosecution of all those in the Catholic Church hierarchy, from local bishops to the Pope, who covered up for Father Murphy and thus encouraged other sex abusers who knew their disgusting abusive behavior would never have consequences for them. If Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI) doesn’t understand the impact of such decisions, he has no place at the head of a major religious organization.

Nicole Winfield (AP) writes …

  • Two Wisconsin bishops urged the Vatican office led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger — now Pope Benedict XVI — to let them conduct a church trial against a priest (Lawrence Murphy) accused of molesting some 200 deaf boys, but the Vatican ordered the process halted, church and Vatican documents show.
  • Despite the grave allegations, Ratzinger’s deputy at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ruled that the alleged molestation had occurred too long ago and the accused priest, Rev. Lawrence Murphy, should instead repent and be restricted from celebrating Mass outside of his diocese.
  • “The goal of Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict, was to keep this secret,” said Peter Isely, Milwaukee-based director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.
  • “This is the most incontrovertible case of pedophilia you could get,” Isely said, flanked by photos of other clerical abuse victims and a poster of Ratzinger.
  • “I haven’t stepped in a church for some 20 years. I lost all faith in the church,” he told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday. “These predators are preying on God’s children. How can they even stand up at the pulpit and preach the word of God?”
  • The documents contain no response from Cardinal Ratzinger, the head of the office.

Read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100325/ap_on_re_eu/church_abuse_wisconsin

see related post … * the church knew what these vile priests were doing and enabled them to keep on doing it; everyone involved in the abuses, the transfers, and the cover-up should be prosecuted on criminal charges, beginning with Joseph Ratzinger himself

LMW COMMENT …

How much more evidence is needed before good Catholics all over the world call for the resignation and criminal prosecution of sexual abuse enabler Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI)?

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One Response to “* yet another case … how much more evidence is needed before good Catholics all over the world call for the resignation and criminal prosecution of sexual abuse enabler Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI)?”

  1. wotty said

    Agreed!

    http://threews.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/the-rot-and-ratzinger/

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