Friday, March 12, 2010

Misc update

The April 17th, 2008 blog entry 'Well Said?!?' parsed what passed as an "apology" for the church's sexual abuses of minors, made by Pope Benedict in Washington, D.C. The July 23rd, 2008 entry 'Better the second time around' judged the Pope's follow-up attempt in Australia more on point.

The June 17th 2008 entry 'HH Tekel' noted reports that Benedict was very close to a priest revealed as an abuser, and the October 2nd, 2009 entry 'Recidivism (or 'persiste et signe')' noted the "epic fail" when Archbishop Silvano Tomasi (the Vatican's permanent observer to the UN) defended the Church by claiming that clerical sex abuse of minors was a bigger issue with other denominations; that allegations had also being leveled against Protestants and against Jewish congregations; and that strictly speaking most of the abusers were not pedophiles but were ephebophiles...

Well, the Vatican just can't leave well enough alone. This week, in Ireland, the Bishop of Elphin, also head of the Bishops' Committee on the Family, attacked the press for focusing on the Catholic church when "... "95 percent of abuse out there is in families, communities and other institutions..." The Bishops also called for "... parishioners to place a sprig of palm on the altar at the service "to express the penitential mood of the day" for the cover-ups by bishops of the crimes of paedophile priests against innocent children..." Hmm, some true contrition there!

Meanwhile, information uncovered showed that an abusive priest in the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising was allowed to resume his duties after therapy for suspected "sexual relations with boys," this while Ratzinger was the archbishop... (see 'Pope under fire for transfer, letter on sex abuse' and 'Church Abuse Scandal in Germany Edges Closer to Pope') Taint also hit the Pope's brother who, while denying that sexual abuse took place while he directed the Regensburg choir, apologized for indulging in corporal punishment of choir members.

The Pope's chief exorcist, who supposedly has dealt with over 70,000 demonic possessions, has said "... the Devil lodges in the Vatican. Naturally it is difficult to find proof, but you can see the consequences..." which apparently include "... cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, bishops who are linked to the demon. When one speaks of 'the smoke of Satan' in the holy rooms, it is all true. Including these latest stories of violence and paedophilia". Hmm, given the sexual abuse of minors that took place over years in countries across the world, perhaps finally a statement with an element of truth to it!

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