POLITICAL observations & opinions

* just when you think Pope Ratzinger couldn’t be any worse than you already think he is …

Posted by Lew Weinstein on December 11, 2010

 

Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI)

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Heather Brooke at The Guardian reports (12/11/10) …

  • Newly released U.S. diplomatic cables indicate that Ireland caved in to Vatican pressure to grant immunity to church officials in the government probe of decades of sex abuse by Irish clergy in the predominantly Catholic nation.
  • That the Holy See used its diplomatic immunity status as a tiny-city state to try to thwart Ireland’s government-led probe has long been known.
  • According to the deputy to the Irish ambassador to the Holy See, the Irish government gave in to Vatican pressure and granted church officials immunity in exchange for testifying, according to one of the cables from a U.S. diplomat.
  • The Vatican refused to allow its officials to testify before an Irish commission investigating the clerical abuse of children and was angered when they were summoned from Rome, US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks reveal.
  • Requests for information from the 2009 Murphy Commission into sexual and physical abuse by clergy “offended many in the Vatican”

read the entire article at … http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/10/wikileaks-vatican-child-sex-abuse-investigation

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LMW COMMENT …

If you’ve followed this blog, you already know my view … Joseph Ratzinger should be charged, tried and convicted … he is a disgrace to the office of Pope.

See these previous posts …

* a couple of bishops behind bars will do more to straighten out the morally corrupt Church than any document the Vatican is ever going to issue

* Ratzinger is the problem … he is the main obstacle to ending the sexual abuse of children by priests of the Catholic Church and the protection and enabling of such abuse by the hierarchy of bishops and cardinals

* Having totally failed to do what’s right regarding criminal investigation of sexual abuse by priests, Joseph Ratzinger now has the gall to object when civilian authorities do what he and his criminal cohorts in coverup should have done decades ago. There will be no resolution of this matter until bishops, cardinals and popes go to jail.


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