POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Pope John Paul II in 1997 … Pope Ratzinger today … there’s no difference … the Vatican hierarchy has consistently engaged in a policy of covering up pedophile abuses, and then lying about it … John Paul should not be made a saint, and Joseph Ratzinger should be brought to trial for his crimes against humanity

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 19, 2011

 

Pope John Paul II & Pope Ratzinger

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Shawn Pogatchnik, AP, writes (1/19/11) …

  • A 1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland’s Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police
  • The newly revealed letter, obtained by Irish broadcasters RTE and provided to The Associated Press, documents the Vatican’s rejection of a 1996 Irish church initiative to begin helping police identify pedophile priests following Ireland’s first wave of publicly disclosed lawsuits.
  • The letter undermines persistent Vatican claims, particularly when seeking to defend itself in U.S. lawsuits, that Rome never instructed local bishops to withhold evidence or suspicion of crimes from police.
  • It instead emphasizes the church’s right to handle all child-abuse allegations and determine punishments in house rather than give that power to civil authorities.
  • The 1997 letter, signed by the late Archbishop Luciano Storero, Pope John Paul II’s diplomat to Ireland, instructs Irish bishops that their new policy of making the reporting of suspected crimes mandatory “gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and canonical nature.”
  • Storero wrote that canon law, which required abuse allegations and punishments to be handled within the church, “must be meticulously followed.” Any bishops who tried to impose punishments outside the confines of canon law would face the “highly embarrassing” position of having their actions overturned on appeal in Rome, he wrote.
  • To this day, the Vatican has not endorsed any of the Irish church’s three major policy documents since 1996 on safeguarding children from clerical abuse.
  • Irish taxpayers, rather than the church, have paid most of the euro1.5 billion ($2 billion) to more than 14,000 abuse claimants dating back to the 1940s.

read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110119/ap_on_re_eu/eu_ireland_catholic_abuse

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LMW COMMENT …

  • Pope John Paul II in 1997 … Pope Ratzinger today … there’s no difference.
  • The Vatican hierarchy has consistently engaged in a policy of covering up pedophile abuses, and then lying about it.
  • John Paul should not be made a saint, and Joseph Ratzinger should be brought to trial for his crimes against humanity.
  • From medieval times, through the Concordat with the Nazis in 1933, to now, the Vatican leadership has never had any other objective but preservation of its power and wealth.
  • It is the most vile of hypocrisies for this leadership to claim any moral standing.

Such leadership is a betrayal

of the many priests and nuns and lay Catholics

who believe in the message of Jesus Christ

and do their best to bring honorable standards of behavior to the world.

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see previous post …

* Pope Ratzinger still can’t bring himself to fully confess … for the sins of the church … and his own … not until bishops, cardinals, and the pope himself are tried in a court of law will this issue be adequately dealt with

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