POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI) says the Church is doing “all in its power” to investigate and bring pedophile priests to justice … Ratzinger is not telling the truth, and he knows it … he is purposely confusing crimes with sin … the Church will not cleanse itself … the only answer is for courageous prosecutors to bring criminal charges against Ratzinger and the rest, and put them in jail

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 19, 2010

pedophile enablers should be prosecuted

Rachel Donadio writes in the NYT (4/18/10) …

  • Pope Benedict XVI met privately on Sunday with a small group of victims of sexual abuse by priests, expressing his “shame and sorrow” at their plight, the Vatican said.
  • “He prayed with them and assured them that the church is doing, and will continue to do, all in its power to investigate allegations, to bring to justice those responsible for abuse and to implement effective measures designed to safeguard young people in the future,” the statement continued.
  • Lawrence Grech, 37, one of the men who met with Benedict on Sunday, said he found the meeting redemptive.
    • Mr. Grech is one of 10 men who in 2003 filed a criminal suit against four priests the men said molested them when they were growing up in an orphanage in Malta.
    • He and others have complained that the Malta diocese has been investigating the case for seven years and has not yet determined how to proceed against the priests.
    • Three are still working as priests in Malta and one is now in Italy, Mr. Grech said.
  • The Vatican statement said that the pope “prayed that all the victims of abuse would experience healing and reconciliation, enabling them to move forward with renewed hope.”
  • But some victims’ groups said the words were no substitute for action. Peter Isely, a spokesman for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, called it “astonishing” that Benedict said the Vatican was doing “all in its power” to investigate allegations.
  • “It hurts and endangers kids when adults confuse inaction with action and recklessness with effectiveness,” Mr. Isely said in a statement. “It’s wrong, when thousands are being molested, to just make vague promises.”

Read the entire article at … http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/19/world/europe/19pope.html?src=me

LMW COMMENT …

Joseph Ratzinger’s (aka Pope Benedict XVI) statement is more than “astonishing.” It is a disgraceful continuation of the criminal obstruction of justice that Ratzinger and his enabler bishops and cardinals have carried out for decades. Instead of action to bring child abusers and their enablers (including himself when he was an archbishop in Germany) to justice, Ratzinger offers prayers and words as the total solution. The only answer is to bring criminal charges against Ratzinger and the rest, and put them in jail.

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