I don’t know if the former Cardinal Ratzinger (or the about to be former Pope, Benedict) has seen the recent HBO documentary, MEA Maxima Culpa, but I know what I’d do if I were Pope (only a very slim chance of THAT happening).
The infallible one (or as his friends in Cosa Nostra know him, Joey the Ratz), would be having many restless knights after the word got out (and not for the first time), that the Church has been less than forthcoming in its treatment of exposed (pardon the pun) pedophile clerics.
What did the Pope know, and when did he know it? Answer: Everything, and from his time as chief enforcement officer at the Vatican.
There are many who will mourn his loss to the Church. Not included in that group, are women, who, for their own personal and private reasons – in countries where abortion is legal (i.e. Civilized Countries), no longer wish to be pregnant. The flouting of the wishes of the Holy Father is not condoned (and Father knows best) But which Father? It depends upon the branch of superstition you subscribe to. For the Vatican, it refers to the Pontiff, but in other equally absurd interpretations, the Holy Father is the Big Guy in the sky. I can see where the confusion comes in. I mean, they are both like so totally Holy .
In the Pope’s former role as Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he campaigned vigorously against political office seekers who were pro a woman’s right to determine her own reproductive future. The Doctrine, translated from the Latin Congregatio pro Doctrina Fidei (also the signature dish at the Vatican Commissary), was established in 1542. So reassuring to know that an organization, founded during such a time of enlightenment, still holds sway in the modern world.
In a former-former role, Joseph, before getting a coat of many colors, served in a fun group called “Hitler Youth.” I know, it’s easy to criticize, and he probably didn’t have a whole lot of choice in the decision to join the Cub Scouts of National Socialism, but it stands as part of his past.
Another group that won’t be joining the mourners are members of Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Catholic Priests (catchy name). In 2011, these folks, a little antsy with some of the less-than-holy priestly practices and the toleration of them by none other than Joey the Ratz, have filed a petition with the Criminal Court in The Hague. Maybe the College of Cardinals should not be rushing to build Benedict’s retirement home, just yet, as a more suitable place may await him.
CNN has a video called “Predators in Plain Sight.” You don’t have to guess what the name implies. Here’s a link.
Now this little goody from The International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS): A yet-to-be-named European nation will be issuing an arrest warrant for crimes against humanity and ordering a criminal conspiracy.
Until ITCCS reports just which country is alleged to be issuing this warrant, we should reserve judgment. But if this turns out to be more than just anti-Church propaganda, it explains the sudden resignation, unprecedented since those heady days of the 15th century, when Pope Gregory XII decided to get out of town. The action could lead to the seizing of Church assets that could be in the billions. I wouldn’t get my hopes up.
A history of pedophilia plagues the Church. It could explain the tailing off of the influence of the Vatican. In the United States, the Church has just announced the permanent closing of many schools, 24 in New York State alone, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. 37 had already been closed, between 2000 and 2009. This was attributed to reduction in enrollment. I wonder why parents would be hesitant about exposing their children to these trusted stewards.
The result of these closings has allowed for the coinage of a new term: Nunemployment.
An article appearing in the London Evening Standard, from 2006, begins with: “The Pope played a leading role in a systematic cover-up of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests, according to a shocking documentary to be screened by the BBC tonight.”
The Church is having a tough time recruiting new priests. Have they considered how devotion to the priesthood runs counter to a man’s natural urges (that God, Himself bestowed upon them). So is it any wonder that many who are drawn to the service of Jesus would not come from your average male stock?
Does the Church realize that they are stuck in dogma that lost its validity centuries ago? If they did, they might permit priests to be married, or not be bridled by celibacy, or could actually have female genitalia. As is currently the rule, married priests in the Anglican Church, are encouraged to convert to Catholicism, become Catholic clergy and REMAIN MARRIED. So if it’s right for a converted cleric then why not a plain vanilla one?
I do not hide my disdain for organized religion, and this organization is probably responsible for more human suffering than any institution I can think of. From the Crusades, to the Spanish Inquisition, to Pope Pius XII’s cooperation with Hitler (yes he saved a few Jews, and 5 people out of six million ain’t bad), the violation of thousands of helpless children and subsequent cover-up, their atrocities are legion. The encouragement of the poorest to procreate beyond their affordable limits is criminal unto itself.
So it looks like Benedict will not be pontificating for Easter. Too bad. I had been looking forward to saying “Good Yontif, Pontiff.