Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Pope vs Justice

I think we can all agree that rape is an abhorrent and violent act. I think we can then also agree that child rape adds a layer of violation onto this already abhorrent and violent act. So I think we can all agree that we would want to see the perpetrators of such acts brought to justice and stopped from repating such henious crimes.

That is unless you are the Pope, were it seems you answer to a higher authority. One that seems to think that child rape is ... well ... an inconvenience.

Let's start this sordid story with the crime in question:
In 1979, an 11-year-old German boy identified as Wilfried F. was taken on a vacation trip to the mountains by a priest. After that, he was administered alcohol, locked in his bedroom, stripped naked, and forced to suck the penis of his confessor.

So how did the future Pope, guided by God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, react to this crime of rape and torture?

The pope didn't report him to the cops. He did move him out of the community 'for a while' then the Holy Church returned him backing into circulation and the raping started again. While the priest was back raping, the future pope set about protecting him from justice...
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."

That's right - the most serious punishment the Holy Mother Church can impose - was reserved not for child rapists, but for people who might expose child rapists.

Sick; and they claim to be some kind of holy moral guardians? Fucking joke, so again we have to ask is the representative of God on Earth protects child rapists, then; what is the Catholic Church for?

Best thing they could do is disband it.

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