POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Hitchens … this pope does not call for a serious investigation, or demand the removal of those responsible for a consistent pattern of child rape and its concealment, because to do so would be to imply the call for his own indictment

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 4, 2010

pedophile enablers should be prosecuted

Christopher Hitchens writes in Newsweek (5/3/10) …

  • The case for bringing the head of the Catholic hierarchy within the orbit of law is easily enough made.
    • Mentally remove his papal vestments and imagine him in a suit, and Joseph Ratzinger becomes just a Bavarian bureaucrat who has failed in the only task he was ever set—that of damage control.
  • in December of 2002, Cardinal Law (who managed a massive cover-up of pedophile priests in Boston) left the country just hours before state troopers arrived with a subpoena seeking his grand-jury testimony.
    • Where did he go?
    • To Rome, where he later voted in the election of Pope Benedict XVI and now presides over the beautiful church of Santa Maria Maggiore, as well as several Vatican subcommittees.
    • the current scandal passed the point of no return when the Vatican officially became a hideout for a man who was little better than a fugitive from justice.
    • By sheltering such a salient offender at its very heart, the Vatican had invited the metastasis of the horror into its bosom and thence to its very head. I
    • It is obvious that Cardinal Law could not have made his escape or been given asylum without the approval of the then pontiff and of his most trusted deputy in the matter of child-rape damage control, then cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
  • If His Holiness tries to travel outside his own territory—as he proposes to travel to Britain in the fall—there is no reason for him to feel safe
    • being considered are two international approaches, one to the European Court of Human Rights and another to the International Criminal Court.
    • It is very difficult to resist the conclusion that this pope does not call for a serious investigation, or demand the removal of those responsible for a consistent pattern of child rape and its concealment, because to do so would be to imply the call for his own indictment.

Hitchens, a NEWSWEEK contributor, is a columnist for Vanity Fair and the author of God Is Not Great.

Read the entire article at … http://www.newsweek.com/id/236934

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