The pragmatical clinchpoops of Hell’s Bible have cobbled together an article written by committee which has no other purpose than to cast the Pope in a bad light. No surprise.
Written by committee, surely with touching up by the editors of Hell’s bible, this is the sort of headline we will be greeted with everyday for a while.
Church Abuse Scandal in Germany Edges Closer to Pope
By NICHOLAS KULISH and RACHEL DONADIO
Nicholas Kulish reported from Berlin and Rachel Donadio from Vatican City. Gaia Pianigiani contributed reporting from Rome and Laurie Goodstein from New York.
We read this sort of thing three times, not including the title:
- "ever closer to Benedict"
- "already come close to the pope"
- "particularly close to the pope himself"
What Hell’s Bible is doing is trying to set in the mind of the reader that this inevitably will wind up in the Pope’s lap…. it is inevitable.
This is all designed to undermine Pope Benedict’s moral authority.
"Experts said the scandals could undermine Benedict’s moral authority, especially because they cut particularly close to the pope himself."
What I found especially risible was this [my emphases]:
"Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, who once worked at the Vatican Embassy in Washington and became an early and well-known whistle-blower on sexual abuse in the church, said the [German former VG of Munich under Archbp. Ratzinger] vicar general’s claim was not credible.
“Nonsense,” said Father Doyle, who has served as an expert witness in sexual abuse lawsuits. “Pope Benedict is a micro-manager. He’s the old style. Anything like that would necessarily have been brought to his attention. Tell the vicar general to find a better line. What he’s trying to do, obviously, is protect the pope.” "
I would like to suggest that Fr. Doyle has not the slightest idea what he is talking about. Anyone who knows Papa Ratzinger at all, knows that the Holy Father was infamously NOT a micro-manager. He has always self-admittedly been not a great administrator, leaving things to those in key positions under him.
Furthermore, what most US priests don’t understand is that Vicars General in Germany play a far greater role in administration in German dioceses than they do in the US. Talk to German priests. They’ll tell you that Vicars General really do handle a lot of personnel issues.
In any event, this is all going to be very unpleasant.
Genuine cases of abuse and genuine cases of hierarchical complacence must be dealt with, but we will be treated to all sort of nonsense of this kind.
Forewarned is forearmed.