Crime

Quote:(from the article by By Christopher Hitchens)
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." (My italics).
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.)

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One Response to Crime

  1. Glenn says:

    Of course his holynesses early years in the Hitler youth movment were not at all his own choice.It would not be for many years after that unfortuate episode that he was able to activly choose to be despicable evil scum.

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