Monday, March 29, 2010

What Is The Pope Hiding ?


Amid fresh revelations of obstruction of justice ~ barely one in six Germans have confidence in the Catholic Church. People are leaving the dioceses in record numbers and Papal infallibility has become rightfully laughable. What is the Pope hiding ~ and what is behind the great Catholic cover-up ? : Allen L Roland

Palm Sunday commemorates Christ's triumpant entry into Jerusalem and is the official start of Holy Week ~ which includes the Good Friday re-enactment of Christ's crucifixion and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. But this year, the Vicar of Christ, Pope Benedict XVI, enters Holy Week badly discolored by a clerical abuse scandal that has spread across Europe and even to the Pope's native Germany.

Amid fresh revelations that Pope Benedict XVI mishandled the case of a paedophile priest in his former archdiocese of Munich as well as accusations by Hans Kueng, the dissident Catholic theologian from Switzerland, that Pope Benedict XVI played a key role since 2001 in keeping sex-abuse claims against priests out of the public eye ~ it appears that the Pope is not only fallible but that he is consciously hiding many unpleasant crimes regarding the Catholic church.

As Mike Whitney writes today in ICH ~ " This is obstruction of justice, pure and simple. Benedict better hire a good attorney or he'll wind up in leg-irons. No man is above the law; not even the pope. Religious freedom isn't license to inflict suffering on others."

Slate's Christopher Hitchens calls it The Great Catholic Cover- Up and pulls no punches when he writes that "The pope's entire career has the stench of evil about it."

Excerpt: " Very much more serious is the role of Joseph Ratzinger, before the church decided to make him supreme leader, in obstructing justice on a global scale. After his promotion to cardinal, he was put in charge of the so-called "Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith" (formerly known as the Inquisition). In 2001, Pope John Paul II placed this department in charge of the investigation of child rape and torture by Catholic priests. In May of that year, Ratzinger issued a confidential letter to every bishop. In it, he reminded them of the extreme gravity of a certain crime. But that crime was the reporting of the rape and torture. The accusations, intoned Ratzinger, were only treatable within the church's own exclusive jurisdiction. Any sharing of the evidence with legal authorities or the press was utterly forbidden. Charges were to be investigated "in the most secretive way ... restrained by a perpetual silence ... and everyone ... is to observe the strictest secret which is commonly regarded as a secret of the Holy Office … under the penalty of excommunication." Nobody has yet been excommunicated for the rape and torture of children, but exposing the offense could get you into serious trouble. And this is the church that warns us against moral relativism! (See, for more on this appalling document, two reports in the London Observer of April 24, 2005, by Jamie Doward.)"

The Pope can't hide behind his 'Divine' office much longer and what better time than Easter week for us to face the uncomfortable reality, as Hitchens writes ~ " that the Roman Catholic Church is headed by a mediocre Bavarian bureaucrat once tasked with the concealment of the foulest iniquity, whose ineptitude in that job now shows him to us as a man personally and professionally responsible for enabling a filthy wave of crime."

The truth has a way of eventually bringing down the self righteous, exposing evil and leveling the playing field of humankind and, in that regard, the Catholic Church has long been ripe for plucking.

Allen L Roland

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  2. There is a cancer on the papacy. It's time for conscientious members of the church to revolt and insist on his removal and serious reform. The church has had decades to remedy this problem and the leadership has only grown more pathetic and defiant in its drive to refuse to take any responsibility. What moral authority do they have left? Bring down the papacy, purge the cardinals, and open the priesthood to sincere men and women who are not sexual criminals or their enablers.

  3. Only when the Catholic church has a lesbian Pope can it be said to have reformed.

  4. What are your thoughts concerning the documentary called Zeitgeist