Pope 'led cover-up of child abuse by priests'


By GottaLaff

This is not what one would call a Popeworthy approach to child abuse:

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.

In 2001, while he was a cardinal, he issued a secret Vatican edict to Catholic bishops all over the world, instructing them to put the Church's interests ahead of child safety.

The document recommended that rather than reporting sexual abuse to the relevant legal authorities, bishops should encourage the victim, witnesses and perpetrator not to talk about it. And, to keep victims quiet, it threatened that if they repeat the allegations they would be excommunicated.

If this is true...

There are more details at the link.

A tweet from Roger Ebert says, "It appears to me as if Pope Benedict will be forced to resign."

What do you think?

  • John Mark

    Popes don't resign, but they do die! I believe that the Vatican will have to accelerate the ageing process in the Pope, so that the media interest in his involvement in the abuse of children will die away the sooner. Once he is dead, then they may decide to choose a black African cardinal as pope.

    The idea of disposing of an embarrassing pope is not new, and occurred, according to the considerable evidence, to John Paul I who, in the night before he was to announce to the world a change in policy disliked by the Vatican diplomats, died, probably by poisoning but the embalmers were brought in early the next morning so that toxicology could not be done.

    Life is now shorter for Pope Benedict, I suggest!

  • Blondetwit

    True story: My daughter while attending the Catholic University in Paris several years ago, went out with a canonical lawyer. Since her father has worked in treating sex offenders for more than 30 years, she had some well conceived notions regarding sex offending behavior. This was about a year or so following the initial breaking of sex abuse issues in the church. Finding out that this man was working directly on this issue, she was flabbergasted as he told her that the church was absolutely absolved of any wrongdoing, since ...civil laws are only of man and have no bearing on the church whatsoever. God will deal with issues He determines as sinful. It is not our place...

    To say that she never went out with him again, and indeed began to distance herself from the church as well... That was a long, screeching phone call from France after that date...

  • Linzack

    How sad that the Holy "C" actually stands for contemptuous. The Pope has done like his predessorsors -- covered up for the criminals in the church. D.

  • catherine grison

    If this is true, religion as we know it, will definitely shift. All religions. Because, unlike spiritualities, they are man-made.