Skip to comments.Vatican says media in "ignoble attempt" to smear pope
Posted on 03/25/2010 1:29:03 PM PDT by NYer
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican on Thursday angrily attacked the media over its reporting of sexual abuse of children by priests, saying there was an "ignoble attempt" to smear Pope Benedict "at any cost."
The editorial in a Vatican newspaper came on a day abuse victims protested near St Peter's Square to demand the pope open files on pedophile clerics and defrock "predator priests," and a cardinal spoke of a "conspiracy" against the church.
"The prevalent tendency in the media is to ignore the facts and stretch interpretations with the aim of spreading the picture of the Catholic Church as the only one responsible for sexual abuse, something which does not correspond to reality," the Vatican newspaper said.
There was "clearly an ignoble attempt to strike at Pope Benedict and his closest aides at any cost," it said.
The editorial challenged a New York Times report about the case of Rev. Lawrence Murphy, accused of sexually abusing up to 200 deaf boys in the United States from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Among 25 internal church documents the Times posted on its website was a 1996 letter about Murphy to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then the Vatican's top doctrinal official and now Pope Benedict, showing he had been informed of the case.
Ratzinger's deputy first advised a secret disciplinary trial but reversed that in 1998 after Murphy appealed directly to Ratzinger for clemency. The priest died later that year.
The Vatican newspaper said: "There was no cover-up in the case of Father Murphy." The Vatican said earlier he was not disciplined because church laws do not require automatic punishment.
The report came amid mounting allegations of sexual abuse by priests in Europe and pressure on bishops, mostly in Ireland, to resign for failing to report cases to civil authorities.
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NEWS flash.... IF they think they are helping their cause because they had NO laws requiring automatic punishment then they are in a very sorry state of affairs... Blaming media is NOT going to play.
Welcome to the club.
A smilar situation was attempted against Pope Pius XII many years after his death. Before and during WWII, Pope Pius XII and the church tried their best to save the Jews. Many Catholic priests were sent to the ovens trying to save these folks.
A pox on all these assholes trying to bring down the Pope.
It really angers me.
I wonder if there is any sexual abuse among the non-Christian Arabs and Jews?
I guess we'll never know!
This will not end well.
I’m so glad to see this! I believe that this is the right thing to do. It is a mistake to allow Satan to wage his war unchallenged.
“A similar situation”
In similar, I mean that they were trying to bring down Pope Pius XII reputation by saying he was against the Jews before and during WWII.
It is all about bringing down the Pope and the church.
We're talking about a homosexual bishop who was run out of town for paying hush money to a former lover and who was a long time antagonist of Vatican directives.
I bet he and the rest of the lavender mafia are exchanging high fives all around over this.
0 is trying to divide and conquor the Catholics. He is trying to paint orthodox Catholics as violent, child molesting “tea party” Chatholics and the liberal, godless, Catholics as the good Christians. The same thing he’s trying to do to all conseratives right now. Given what we are seeing here, what would happen to a conservative, orthodox Pope under a One World UN headed government?
Oh God!! Weakland!! The left is determined to undermine this Pope.
Near as I can tell, that would be Communists and Queers.
Seriously, though, it’s a disgrace, what’s happened since Vatican II. Looking back, how was this allowed to happen?
Lest anyone misunderstand, I’m referring to the gathering power of the Left and the homosexual and secular agendas.
The Church is all that is standing firm against the onslaught.
"Modernism" had been explicitly condemned 50 years prior, yet the Church was infested with it. Teilhard de Chardin was a product of the 1920s ... he had many disciples.
Note that most of the priests and nuns, and ALL of the bishops who implemented the spurious "Spirit of Vatican II" had been trained and ordained (or consecrated) prior to Vatican II. Vatican II did not cause the destruction of so much of Catholic life, rather it was the excuse used by those who had wanted for a long time wreak destruction but didn't have the opportunity.
Many of these destroyers were and are queers. Queering the seminaries and inflicting effeminate "pastoral care" upon their parishoners was one method of destruction. It was tolerated and encouraged in many dioceses because the bishop himself was a fag. I offer Rembert the Vandal and the egregious Bernardin as examples.
The politically correct may protest, but faggotry and sexual abuse go together like stink and sewage.
Popes Paul VI and (to a lesser extent) John Paul II seemed unwilling to confront them, for a variety of reasons. This unwillingness would seem to have been an error in judgment. IMO. But they were in the hot seat, I was not.
Heck the media has nothing on a few bigots who post on the Religion Forum.
I could not agree more.
Yes, just as it has been throughout the centuries. After all, it was promised. :)
Hi, FRiend. :)
“..they were in the hot seat, I was not”
I think there is some truth to this.
I remember a time when I was very disgruntled with things that the city council where I live either did or did not do. Then one day I found myself appointed to serve as one of two citizen advisory people to the council. I sat in on all the meetings for almost 2 years and was allowed to contribute to the discussions (just couldn’t vote).
It was the first time that I was able to have a first-hand experience of some of the knots and tangles and hurdles that governing a city can present. A lot of what we were able to consider depended a great deal on available good information, sound facts and reliable statistics.
I can only imagine what it is like to oversee the Church, even at the level of subsidiary.
I remember Archbishop Fulton Sheen telling about one of the times he met with Pope Paul VI. The Pope told Bishop Sheen that every night when he went to bed he put his head on a crown of thorns.
I have always found “being in charge” to be a very humbling, and often frightening, experience.
I believe satan has used and is using all of the -ism tools in his toolbox. Modernism, humanism, marxism, etc. etc. Cultural marxism’s m.o. is to rot all things of good and beauty from within, finding that more effective than the iron fist of armed revolution. Those things of good and beauty include the Church, the priesthood, the family, art, music, literature, language, church architecture, and so on.
The media are Death Eaters. They don’t give a flying FReep about victims of sexual abuse: they think Intergenerational Same-Sex Intimacy is a natural right, and want people who say it’s wrong to be jailed. Their goal, which seems reasonable only to stupid people, is for the Church to say, “You’re right - adult-child sodomy is okay. What were we thinking all these years?”
Is it insane? Maybe. Maybe it’s simply demonic.
You got that right!
AB is right. Here in the Albany Diocese, one of the most progressive in the US, there are many sex abuse suits that had to be dropped because the priests (all ordained pre VCII) are now deceased.
This problem is not unique to the Catholic Church. There is plenty of blame to pass around. Unfortunately, as the only Church with a central authority figure, we are an easy target. Compound that with the strict and unshakable morals taught by the Church, and you have a willing audience of shooters. We need to pray for our Holy Father ... daily!
AB knows his stuff! I said a prayer for Pope benedict today, and plan to make that at least a daily commitment.
It’s the same line of reasoning, from the same filthy source, that’s used to attack the Boy Scouts: “The BSA has failed to prevent, completely, homosexual adults’ molesting boys. Therefore, they should stop trying and just turn the fags loose on the teens.
It’s stupid, it’s evil, and it’s absolutely infuriating. The people making these attacks *like* the behavior they’re using as a smokescreen. The hate the institution that stand in the way of universal acceptance of perversion.
I absolutely agree.
“Unfortunately, as the only Church with a central authority figure ... “
Nope, not a word from “author” Rembert G. Weakland.
“Compound that with the strict and unshakable morals taught by the Church ... “
Huge falsity though when you have priests who don’t practice what they teach. Causes one to lose faith.
Who is the head of the Baptist church?
The Anglican Not-Exactly-Communion-Anymore has the Archbishop of Canterbury, of course, but since he’s pro-sodomy, it’s irrelevant. Nobody attacks him over it ... but they go after the Bishops in Africa who are Christian.
Only if one's faith is in men rather than in God.
There are thousands of christian churches.
You're absolutely right about that. Grievously right.
True, and few, if any, have a worldwide individual leader. That was the original poster’s point to which you responded, “Huh?”
Perhaps I misunderstood the inarticulate monosyllable.
that kinda takes us back to that central authority figure comment doesn’t it
Most born again christian churches have a central authority figure.
I pray for our Pope Benedict XVI daily.
I think I’ll commit to praying the Rosary for him daily too.
Evil has the pedal to the medal aiming straight at him.
I agree we should always just automatically punish somebody on the basis of accusations. That will keep things neat.
Remember there was no canonical trial for the priest. And there is a statute of limitations in canon law.
The request for laicizing the priest was made long after the events in question, long after the accusations came to light and long after it would have done anything to protect any children from harm.
Bless you, FRiend. :)
Our Church will stand, but our Pope needs our prayers.
I love this Pope. He’s a GOOD man and Shepard.
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