POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI) says the media has a “despicable intent” of attacking him and is “willfully ignoring the truth” … the shame is on you, Joseph Ratzinger, and the whole world knows it

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 27, 2010

Tim Rutten writes in the LA Times …

  • Until now, Pope Benedict XVI had seemed to be taking a far more forthright approach to the problem than his predecessor, John Paul II, most recently in a blistering “pastoral letter” to the entire Irish church.
  • This week, however, the New York Times published a pair of stories suggesting that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger — the future Pope Benedict — participated in precisely the sort of secrecy and administrative negligence that has been at the root of this scandal.
  • The Holy See’s reaction to both stories has been swift.
    • An unsigned editorial this week in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano attacked the New York Times by name, accusing the paper of willfully ignoring the “truth” of Ratzinger/Benedict’s record
    • and of attempting “to instrumentalize, without any foundation in fact, horrible episodes and sorrowful events uncovered in some cases from decades ago.”
    • The media, it continued, showed a “despicable intent of attacking, at whatever cost, Benedict XVI and his closest collaborators.”
  • So what happens now? In all likelihood, nothing.
    • Even if further revelations show that Benedict was malfeasantly negligent as a cardinal, there is no canonical mechanism that could force him to step down.
    • The last pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415.

read the entire article at … http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-rutten27-2010mar27,0,715320.column

******

see related posts …

******

Advertisements

2 Responses to “* Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI) says the media has a “despicable intent” of attacking him and is “willfully ignoring the truth” … the shame is on you, Joseph Ratzinger, and the whole world knows it”

  1. Lew Weinstein said

    Thanks.

  2. Thank heavens for the New York Times!

    It is a breadth of fresh air to find someone (who is not a victim of the Church) standing up to the biggest monster of all time! This, to me, is most welcome. It is more: it is devoutly comforting.

    And maybe now, similar people with a good and decent gut will investigate the world-wide nexus of Catholic charities, their religious and secular organisation and promotion, and the middle- and upper-class slush-funds they support at every level of pious activity.

    Seamus Breathnach

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: