POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Joesph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI) cannot be believed on the issue of sexual abuse by priests until he brings his friend Cardinal Law to justice; until then, Ratzinger continues his own decades-long coverup of the vile deeds of priests, for which he too should be prosecuted and removed from office

Posted by Lew Weinstein on May 11, 2010

Former Boston Cardinal Archbishop and sex abuse enabler Bernard Law

Nicole Winfield (AP) writes …

  • The clerical abuse scandal represents the greatest threat to the Roman Catholic Church and the crisis was “born from sins within the church” not outside, Pope Benedict XVI said Tuesday on a trip to Portugal.
  • He called for profound purification and penance within the church as well as pardon and justice.
  • In some of his strongest comments to date, Benedict said the Catholic church had always suffered from internal problems but that “today we see it in a truly terrifying way.”
  • “The greatest persecution of the church doesn’t come from enemies on the outside but is born from the sin within the church,” the pontiff said. “The church needs to profoundly relearn penitence, accept purification, learn forgiveness but also justice.”

Read this entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100511/ap_on_re_eu/eu_portugal_pope

WBUR (Boston) reports …

  • Ireland’s clergy sex abuse scandal erupted last year after two government-ordered reports documented decades of clergy child abuse and a church cover up of the abuse. Four Irish bishops said they’ll resign for not reporting the abuse. Some in Ireland say another Catholic leader should resign — former Boston Archbishop Cardinal Bernard Law.
  • “To keep Cardinal Bernard Law in the position he holds would suggest the papacy does not understand the principles of accountability,” said Sean O’Conaill, acting coordinator of Voice of the Faithful in Ireland.
  • O’Conaill said Pope Benedict XVI is expected to release a pastoral letter to Ireland’s four million Catholics after next week’s meeting with the bishops. But O’Connail said the letter is meaningless if Cardinal Law remains in his Vatican position helping to select new bishops.
  • “Many people find it difficult to understand why if a person was found to be as wanting in his duties, care for children, as Cardinal Bernard Law was — and that was comparable to what happened in Dublin — we find it difficult to understand why such a man would have been promoted,” O’Connail said. “It seems to us to be symbolically strange that he would have that role at all. What Bernard Law did was endanger the lives and souls of children.”

Read this entire article at … http://www.wbur.org/2010/02/10/irish-priests-followup

LMW COMMENT …

Perhaps Mr. Ratzinger can be believed when he reverses the disgraceful treatment of former Boston Cardinal Law, who lives in luxury at the Vatican despite his longstanding criminal coverup of sexual abuses within his administration. When will Ratzinger show that he cares more about abused children than he does about his friends?

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