POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI) promises action to confront clerical sex abuse … if Ratzinger’s promises are to mean anything, they must include prosecution of the bishops and cardinals who have committed criminal acts by covering up the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests for decades

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 21, 2010

pedophile enablers should be prosecuted

Nicole Winfield (AP) writes …

  • Pope Benedict XVI promised Wednesday that the Catholic Church would take action to confront the clerical sex abuse scandal.
  • Neither Benedict nor the Vatican has elaborated on what action or measures are being considered.
  • Victims advocates have demanded the Vatican take stronger action and remove the bishops who shielded known abusers, shuffling them around from diocese to diocese rather than reporting them to police.
    • On Wednesday, two church officials in Dublin told The Associated Press that the pope had accepted the resignation of Bishop James Moriarty, who admitted in December that he hadn’t challenged the Dublin archdioceses’ past practice of concealing child abuse complaints from police.
    • The Vatican also is expected to accept the December resignation offers of two auxiliary Dublin bishops, Eamonn Walsh and Ray Field, in coming weeks.
    • All three bishops were identified in an Irish government-ordered investigation published last year into decades of cover-ups of child-abusing clergy in the Dublin Archdiocese. The report found that all bishops until 1996 colluded to protect scores of pedophile priests from criminal prosecution.
  • Last week, the Vatican for the first time issued guidelines telling bishops they should report cases of abusive priests to police where civil laws require it. While theVatican has insisted that was long its policy, it was never written explicitly and victims, lawyers, government-backed inquiries and grand juries have all accused the church of mounting a cover-up to keep clerical abuse secret and away from civil jurisdiction.

Read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100421/ap_on_re_eu/eu_vatican_church_abuse

LMW COMMENT …

If  Ratzinger’s promises are to mean anything, they must include prosecution of the bishops and cardinals who have committed criminal acts by covering up the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests for decades.

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