Updated 21 May 2015….the pope may have changed, but the Catholic Church hasn’t. Pope Francis appears to be making changes at he Vatican, but nothing convinces me that the welfare of child sex abuse victims has been put at the front and foremost by the Church. In fact, it is still protecting paedophile priests, and Cardinal George Pell.
Can you believe that Pope Benedict, ex chief of the Office of the Inquisition until 2005, (re-named the Office of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith or CDF) truly believes that homosexuality between consenting adults is evil, along with divorce and abortion, yet through Canon Law, exonerates, forgives and protects from the criminal law of legitimate nations, paedophile priests who have raped and ruined the lives of thousands of children. In his warped view, paedophile priests are afflicted with an illness they cannot control! It says much about the Catholic religion and their Canon Law; it considers gay relationships within the priesthood as the most grievous of sins and offending priests are to be excommunicated immediately! Yet those priests sodomising boys are protected by the Vatican while the victims are forced into silence. As long as the paedophile priests say extra hail marys after confession they will be protected forever by the Vatican. This is the pope who has publicly stated that to ordain women as priests is an equivalent evil to sodomising children.
The Pope visited African countries recently and warned against the evils of divorce and contraception but neglected to warn the people about the paedophile priests who have been sent to that continent in their hundreds to shield them from certain imprisonment in Europe, Ireland, America and other countries, for the sexual abuse of innocents; in order to protect the Vatican’s vast assets and the reputation of the Catholic Church. The welfare of the children so sexually abused is not considered. It is estimated that when the child sexual abuse scandals do break in developing countries (in Asia as well) the total number of victims added to those already uncovered, could reach in excess of 100,000, and will as usual be the tip of the iceberg.
I bought a book on Saturday at one of my favourite little book shops. It is adjacent to the Sun Theatre in Yarraville and I often spend time looking for that special book when I go to a movie at the theatre. This particular book is a ‘Penguin Special’ and is so up to date, it features the visit of Pope Benedict to the UK in the last few days. If you are, or have been, a Catholic, this book will stun you. I had believed the Vatican to be corrupt in the past, but I am absolutely incredulous at what the author has uncovered in his book. That the pope and the officials at the Vatican could be so hypocritical and uninterested in the plight of all those hundreds of innocent victims is criminal.
The Vatican and the pope protect, from outside scrutiny, their highly secret documents and decisions regarding abusive priests, through the process of Canon Law and constantly declare that the Vatican is a sovereign state and by definition beyond the reach of the national criminal law of other countries. However, Geoffrey Robertson the author of ‘The Case Of The Pope; Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuse’ explores the legality of recognising the Vatican as a state. He documents the vast numbers of child sex abuse cases around the globe which reached new heights during the reign of the two previous popes before Pope Benedict, when he as Joseph Ratzinger, headed the Office of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The three were a formidable team. When the first sex abuse scandals involving numerous priests erupted in America in 2001, various cardinals, Bishops and other Vatican spokesmen blamed: “Jewish journalists working on the New York Times”, “petty gossips”, “natural enemies” of Catholics, “the American problem”, modernity, “the media’s treatment of Catholic church leaders is comparable to Hitler’s treatment of the Jews”. When scandals broke in Ireland these spokesmen had to re-think who to blame.
“……Congratulations sent to Bishop Pican, with the approval of Pope John 2nd and Cardinal Ratzinger, for refusing to report his paedophile priest to the police, were congratulations circulated to bishops to encourage them to do likewise. This really disposes of the fallacious argument that the Vatican would be quite content for law enforcers to arrest its guilty priests”.
I won’t quote any more from the book because you really need to read the book to grasp the extent of the scandals and the extreme failure of the Catholic Church to protect the innocent. It is all about the protection of reputations, and wealth; no matter what the pope tells the families in his audiences, children are well down the list of priorities in the Vatican machine. You will be overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of victims individual priests abused. The sections on the extensive results of research carried out into celibacy and the effect on priests, the fact that around 80% of victims are boys, and the lifelong consequences of the damage done to victims, is both heartbreaking and riveting.
How corrupt is the Vatican? This so-called state which appears to be above international law, is currently being investigated for money laundering and several million dollars have been seized!
– Anne Frandi-Coory 21 May 2015