Saturday, November 17, 2012

Andrew Sullivan Omissions on Pope Benedict and Sex Abuse

Andrew Sullivan has another rant against the Catholic Church that goes from various topics as sex abuse, to face book postings , to the elections. See The Vatican's Dead End

It's tempting to respond to these all these items that Sullivan throws against the wall but  that is sort of playing his game.

Let me hit the first paragraph:

 Earlier this week, I was privileged to attend a screening of Alex Gibney's latest piece of documentary brilliance, "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God." It's released today. To be honest I want to see it one more time before writing a length about it. It's about the Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis - and the criminal conspiracy reaching right to the current Pope that will one day surely bring the whole house of cards down, so that the church can be rebuilt amid the ruins created by deeply sick and psychologically crippled men at its core. No one is more implicated in covering up this institutionalization of sexual abuse and secrecy than the man who controlled and oversaw every single case of clerical sex abuse in the world from 2001 onwards: Pope Benedict XVI, who knows more than anyone else on the planet about the horrifying psycho-sexual truth beneath the ermined, bejewelled veneer.

This seems to be turning quite a bit of history on it's head as to Pope Benedict. John Allen , whose credentials I rarely see questioned,  had a much better overview at Keeping the record straight on Benedict and the crisis from 2010 is still a must read on the matter.

Sullivan piece seems to imply that from 2001 the then Cardinal Ratzinger was just going on as business as usual as to the Vatican handling of sex abuse issues. Allen's piece correctly shows the opposite is true.

This one reason why no doubt that many American Bishops voted for him to be Pope. He was their advocate in Rome in trying to handle this matter.



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