Originally Posted by Dave Lane
It's bad, real bad. Ratzinger got his appointment basically because he knew where all the bodies were buried. And by buried I mean ALL priest sex abuse information came directly to him and he used his office to hide evidence, cover up the abuse and only in extreme cases move a priest to another parish where the new parish was not warned of prior issues.
He was the one man in the entire church that knew everything and he did everything in his power to keep secular (spelled law enforcement) agents from getting any information from anyone that was involved or that witnessed the abuse.
The more chilling aspect is the amount of abuse that is just now coming out in Europe and even Italy. The same thing happened at a school for the deaf in Italy and the vatican is doing all it can to stop radio show hosts and others from spreading or talking about this to anyone.
This isn't just a American issue, its all over the place. Even catholics will have a hard time with this. Our little catholic friend here in DC will spin it in some more positive light, as he must, he has no choice. To admit the precepts of the documentary is true is to admit supporting a corrupt criminal organization.
Its already cost the church $2 billion and its about to get worse. Catholics need to get ahead of the curve and up tithes to 15% as soon as possible to help cover the damages.
That is some pretty damning stuff. As I understand it (I'm sure a rational Catholic has a better understanding than me) the relationship between a practicing Catholic and the church is a very complicated thing. The relationship between the Vatican and the will of God (for lack of a better term) is even more complicated. There is a history of corruption in the Vatican that hasn't been denied (recently), it has been periodically addressed by Catholic laymen and officials. I guess the hope is that the church goes forward with honesty and humility with a strong dose of self examination.