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The Continuing Sordid Saga within the Catholic Church

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Can there be any doubt left that the molestation of children by priests (and there being allowed to remain as priests) goes squarely to the feet of Pope Benedict XVI? The evidence of his complicity seems all too clear.

As then Cardinal Joseph Ratsinger in the 1990's and into the next century (until he became Pope in 2005) he headed the "Congregation of the Faith", the office that oversees the worst cases of molestation of children by priests, those in confessionals.

Ratsinger was written to by a local bishop in Tucson, Arizona where he reportedly wrote, "there is almost a satanic quality in his mode of acting toward young men and boys"[1], (referring to a local priest) who a Tucson church tribunal later found, "had molested children as far back as the 1970's."[2]

This same Bishop Manuel Moreno, writing again to Ratsinger (after 5 years of inaction by the cardinal regarding this same priest), "I make this plea to you to assist me in every way you can to expedite this case."[3] It took another seven years before this priest, Reverend Michael Teta of Tucson, Arizona was defrocked and according to the lawyer representing two victims of Teta said, "There is no doubt that Ratsinger delayed the defrocking process of dangerous priests who were deemed "satanic' by their own bishop."[4]

Now it has been well known for decades (in its "byzantine" thinking, workings and actions) the Roman Catholic Church chose to cloak the known molestation of children (by priests) by transferring them to other dioceses rather than reporting these felons to local police authorities, (in the churches' feeble attempts to hide the horrendous publicity associated with these "incidents"). When they became too numerous to hide, the church offered lame excuses and rationalizations that only brought further ridicule and condemnation (that it richly earned and deserved by not owning up to this widespread behavior within it's midst's).

By the churches' foot dragging and officially denying the pedophile nature of so many priests worldwide, it has brought unto itself the worst possible result, that the highest member of the church, the "infallible" pope, is personally knee deep and complicit in this scandal that will not go away and brings derision of the church from all quarters of the world.

To any lay Catholic, who is devout and follows church teaching, this must surely be a traumatic shaking of their faith in the church. To just rationalize or ignore this travesty committed by molesting priests is to be an enabler and a complicit abettor with their personal silence.

Even to hardened criminals and lifers in prison a pedophile is considered the most despicable of all and known pedophiles are dealt with severely, often molested and murdered by other inmates in their own "hierarchy of justice".

But the sad fact remains children continue to be molested by pedophile priests, now known to be world wide and hardly confined to those parishes in the U.S.

We in the secular community not only deride the Church for its negligence in this sordid affair but believe celibacy; (peculiar only to the Roman Catholic Church of Rome) is at the heart of the problem as this policy attracts the type of people that are predisposed to pedophilia, (celibacy was not a requirement for early members of the Catholic clergy until a pope in the 12th Century made it mandatory thereafter for all ordained priests).

Of course we can not dictate to the church (or have any desire in that direction). It just seems that anyone with a figment of intelligence can see church doctrine in this area is absurd and unbelievable. Can they remain that blind?

[1] "Priest abuse case delay linked to future pope; As Cardinal, he waited years to defrock Arizona cleric, despite pleas from bishop", the "Associated Press", "The Baltimore Sun' April 4, 2010.

[2] See footnote #1

[3] See footnote #1

[4] See footnote #1

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