Likening the heat that it has been getting over the international child sex abuse scandal that surrounds it to the persecution that the Jews have endured didn’t work, so now the Vatican is blaming feminists and non-heterosexuals for its plight.
The Vatican heatedly defended Pope Benedict XVI [today], claiming accusations that he helped cover up the actions of pedophile priests are part of an anti-Catholic “hate” campaign targeting the pope for his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage.
Vatican Radio broadcast comments by two senior cardinals explaining “the motive for these attacks” on the pope and the Vatican newspaper chipped in with spirited comments from another top cardinal.
“The pope defends life and the family, based on marriage between a man and a woman, in a world in which powerful lobbies would like to impose a completely different” agenda, Spanish Cardinal Julian Herranz, head of the disciplinary commission for Holy See officials, said on the radio.
Herranz didn’t identify the lobbies but “defense of life” is Vatican shorthand for anti-abortion efforts.
Also arguing that Benedict’s promotion of conservative family models had provoked the so-called attacks was the Vatican’s dean of the College of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano.
“By now, it’s a cultural contrast,” Sodano told the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. “The pope embodies moral truths that aren’t accepted, and so, the shortcomings and errors of priests are used as weapons against the church.”
Also rallying to Benedict’s side was Italian Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, who heads the Vatican City State’s governing apparatus.
The pope “has done all that he could have” against sex abuse by clergy of minors, Lajolo said on Vatican radio, decrying what he described as a campaign of “hatred against the Catholic church.”
Sex abuse allegations, as well as accusations of cover-ups by diocesan bishops and Vatican officials, have swept across Europe in recent weeks. Benedict has been criticized for not halting the actions of abusive priests when he was a Vatican cardinal and earlier while he was the archbishop of Munich in his native Germany.
The mainland European scandals — in Germany, Italy, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland — are erupting after decades of abuse cases in the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland and other areas.
In Germany, nearly 2,700 people called the church’s sexual abuse hotline in the first three days it was operating, a Catholic church spokesman said [today]. A team of psychologists and other experts have spoken with 394 people so far, ranging from several minutes up to an hour, Trier Diocese spokesman Stephan Kronenburg said.
“Most callers reported cases of sexual abuse,” he told The Associated Press.
Benedict has ignored victims’ demands that he accept responsibility for what they say is his own personal and institutional responsibility for failing to swiftly kick abusive priests out of the priesthood, or at least keep them away from children.
But he has been protected by a vanguard of senior Vatican prelates who are fending off what they contend is an orchestrated attempt to attack the leader of the world’s more than 1 billion Catholics….
It’s not pro-choice women and non-heterosexuals and their allies who are after the Catholick church these days — it’s those who have been sexually abused by Catholick officials and their allies who are putting the Catholick officials’ feet to the hell fire, where their feet belong.
Indirectly blaming the historically oppressed liberated women and non-heterosexuals for its own serious crimes is incredibly intellectually dishonest, immoral and yes, anti-Christian, of the Catholick church.
Sure there is hatred of the corrupt, anti-Christian Catholick church, for its long oppression of women and of non-heterosexuals, and, of course, for its sexual abuse of children.
But justice demands that the members of the Catholick hierarchy don’t get to hide behind the red herring of “anti-Catholic hatred” and get off the hook for their crimes against children, be it their direct sexual abuse of children or their allowing the sexual abuse to continue to occur.
No one in the Vatican or the Catholick church’s hierarchy, including Pope Palpatine, should be immune from the criminal justice system.
There should be no hiding behind Jesus Christ and “Christian” “martyrdom” when it comes to the sexual abuse of children.
With its absolute refusal to take responsibility for the international child sex abuse scandal, what speck of credibility the Catholick church had now has completely vanished.
The silver lining, I surmise, is that history will credit Pope Palpatine with the long-overdue destruction of the corrupt, oppressive, patriarchal, backasswards — and yes, paradoxically satanic — Catholick church.