POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI) wastes no time denouncing the press for reporting his criminal negligence in covering up the cases of pedophile priests. Would that Ratzinger had moved with similar speed to deal with the original criminal cases he knew about, covered up and made sure were never prosecuted.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 3, 2010

Ratzinger should confess, after which he should be prosecuted for his crimes in support of pedophile priests

Matt Sedensky (AP) writes …

  • The abuse cases of two priests in Arizona have cast further doubt on the Catholic church’s insistence that Pope Benedict XVI played no role in shielding pedophiles before he became pope.
    • Documents reviewed by The Associated Press show that as a Vatican cardinal, the future pope took over the abuse case of the Rev. Michael Teta of Tucson, Ariz., then let it languish at the Vatican for years despite repeated pleas from the bishop for the man to be removed from the priesthood.
    • In another Tucson case, that of Msgr. Robert Trupia, the bishop wrote to then-Cardinal Ratzinger, who would become pope in 2005. Bishop Manuel Moreno called Trupia “a major risk factor to the children, adolescents and adults that he many have contact with.” There is no indication in the case files that Ratzinger responded.
    • The details of the two cases come as other allegations emerge that Benedict — as a Vatican cardinal — was part of a culture of cover-up and confidentiality.
    • “There’s no doubt that Ratzinger delayed the defrocking process of dangerous priests who were deemed ‘satanic’ by their own bishop,” Lynne Cadigan, an attorney who represented two of Teta’s victims, said Friday.
  • The Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, called the accusations “absolutely groundless” and said the facts were being misrepresented.
    • “The documents show clearly and positively that those in charge at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith … have repeatedly intervened actively over the course of the 90s so that the canonic trial under way in the Tucson diocese could dutifully reach its conclusion,” Lombardi said in a statement.

Read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100403/ap_on_re_us/us_church_abuse_arizona

LMW COMMENT …

Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI) wastes no time denouncing the press for reporting his criminal negligence in covering up the cases of pedophile priests. Would that Ratzinger had moved with similar speed to deal with the original criminal cases he knew about, covered up and made sure were never prosecuted.

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