Skip to comments.Vatican cardinal attacks fellow cardinal for 'covering up' abuse case
Posted on 05/11/2010 5:59:33 AM PDT by markomalley
A senior Vatican cardinal has launched an attack on a fellow cardinal, accusing him over "covering up" a sex abuse case, in the latest setback for the Roman Catholic Church.
Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, 65, who is seen as a possible future Pope, slammed his fellow prince of the Church, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, 83, for dismissing the paedophile priest crisis as "petty gossip."
Cardinal Schoenborn said that Cardinal Sodano, who is currently Dean of the Vatican's all powerful College of Cardinals, had attempted to cover up of a high profile Austrian sex abuse case.
Vienna Cardinal Schoenborn told Austrian Catholic news agency Kauthpress: "The days of cover up are over. For a long while the Church's principle of forgiveness was falsely interpreted and was in favour of those responsible and not the victims."
He added that during the 1990's when Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer, the leader of Austria's Catholics was accused of sex abuse a "track of Vatican diplomacy" had muddied the investigation and led to a cover up.
Cardinal Schoenborn said Pope Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Josef Ratzinger and head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, had immediately pushed for an investigative commission when abuse allegations against Cardinal Groer emerged.
But Cardinal Schoenborn said that the then Vatican Secretary of State at the time, Cardinal Angelo Sodano indirectly blocked the attempts and Cardinal Groer had simply faded into the background.
The scandal hit Cardinal who was accused of abusing boys, resigned in 1998 without ever admitting his guilt, without any official Church punishment and he died five years later.
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I would think good church leaders exposing those that cover-up and enable evil would be a setback for the devil.
They both are progressives (read diabolically disorientated), who knows what they’re up to.
My family has been Roman catholic since the 1600’s and I want the Church CLEANED OUT of any and all pedophiles and homosexuals, PERIOD.
If so many joined the priesthood to hide and gain an air of decency in the 40’s- 60’s where do you think many are now? They are bishops and, yes, Cardinals and they have a vested interest in keeping everything silent. Their heads would be in baskets too!
Add the usual political intrique within the Vatican to the desire of some (I hope many) who want a purge, and the ambition of many to rise to the Papacy ,and you can’t be surprised that attacks have begun.
If anything is to be cleaned out from the inside this MUST happen.
Wouldn’t you rather a smaller, less-corrupt priesthood than a huge one hiding perverts and criminals?
Fr Fessio’s take on the subject:
GUESTVIEW: No good deed goes unpunished
Why would the Devil rejoice over evil that is being exposed? The New Testament commands leaders in the church to examine reports of sin in the life of an elder or a deacon.
Calling for an examination is a good thing.
Agreed. Covering for those who were sinning against members of the flock is what caused the problem.