Back in the time of Jesus, the self - righteous "religious" people of the day were hollering at the Roman authorities to crucify Jesus. Why? Because Jesus was a great man who preached the unvarnished truth, which got in the way of the Jewish culture. Today, nothing has changed much. The media, the so-called enlightened intelligentsia, and the atheists are all screaming for Pope Benedict XVI to be tried, prosecuted and jailed. The horrible actions of some priests and their bishops in not removing child molesters from the priesthood has caused everyone to automatically blame the Pope for all of this. But is that logical?
Before 2001, all abuse problems were handled locally, by the diocesan bishop. Cardinal Ratzinger was instrumental in changing all of that, and convinced Pope John Paul II to move the responsibility for discipling wayward priests to his organization, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The document outlining this change was called the Motu proprio Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela (SST). This document directed bishops to report allegations of abuse to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, so as to provide a service to the bishops to ensure that cases were handled properly, in accordance with Church law. The reason for this change was obvious to Cardinal Ratzinger, because around 2/3 of American Bishops had knowingly transferred child abusers to other parishes, after they had undergone "counseling". The "counseling" that was supposed to have cured the child molester priests was useless. Thanks to Cardinal Ratzinger, these American Bishops would now have help from the Vatican in removing these priests from ministry. No one has done more to stop all of this horrific abuse than Pope Benedict XVI. Thanks to Pope Benedict, hundreds of child molesters have been removed from the priesthood that would still be there if left up to the American Bishops, who seemingly did not understand the magnitude of this horrible crime. Now, the abuse scandal seems to have taken over Ireland and the rest of Europe. Why this drip, drip, drip of people coming forward now 8 years after the Boston Globe broke this story in 2002 is anybody's guess. Maybe it's a coordinated effort on the part of lawyers to get more money (1 lawyer has received over $60 million in compensation for taking the Church to court....$60 million!). Look for other continents to come forward with child abuse allegations in the future. The goal? To bring down the Church through a slow release of allegations against priests, some of which may be totally false. Allegations do not equal fact in all cases, unless of course, you are the New York Times or MSNBC, which believes in the philosophy of "guilty until proven innocent". Never forget that the homosexual Stephen Cook falsely accused Cardinal Bernadin of abuse before he died of AIDS.
So why all of the clamor for the Pope's head on a platter by the New York Times and other hidden-agenda media and talking heads on TV? It's because the Catholic Church gets in the way of the secular and sexual agenda of the New York Times driven media. The New York Times and other secular rags want homosexuality to be normalized, they want radical feminism to take over the world, they want abortion on demand, and they want everyone who preaches against unlimited fornication delegitimitazed. And that would be the Holy Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI represents everything that the New York Times and other yellow journalism outlets hate. The Pope boldly preaches against artificial birth control, fornication, abortion, and homosexuality, and will not allow female priestesses in the Catholic Church. It's the Church vs. the World, and the World today belongs to satan. Jesus Himself said in
John 15:18-19: "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
How true that prophecy is today, where modern "culture" says that the sin of Sodom is normal, right, and good; that abortion-on-demand is a wonderful thing; that unlimited sex is healthy; that assisted suicide is great; and that women who want to be men is the natural way of modern society. No, Pope Benedict XVI and His Church stand squarely in the way of the devil's agenda led by the New York Times and their nutty "journalism" with half baked facts. The New York Times, like satan, mixes lies with the truth to confuse muddle-headed readers, who then spout what they read in the New York Times as "fact". And never forget that the New York Times has been caught red-handed publishing phony stories with their writer Jayson Blair.
The John Jay Study of the American Priestly abuse scandal said that only about 4% of priests from 1950-2002 had been accused of child abuse. That certainly is way too many, but the flip side of that coin means that 96% of priests were clean. And that statistic is rarely if ever mentioned by the Catholic bashing media, who are painting a false picture that all priests are guilty, and that this kind of abuse only happens in the Catholic Church due to the celibacy requirement for Catholic priests. Another fact is that most of this abuse peaked in the 1980s, and has gone down ever since. The fact that victims didn't come forward until 2002 is the reason that it came to light in the 21rst century. The chart below from the John Jay Study (click on the picture to go to the study) shows this fact. And most of this happened WAY before Joseph Ratzinger became Pope. Hanging Pope Benedict for all of this would be like holding President Obama accountable for the Iran Contra scandal in the 1980s.
The John Jay study above also reveals the fact that 81% of the abuse was homosexual male-on-male abuse, priests molesting post-pubescent altar boys. Pope Benedict XVI has now instituted a new policy to screen out men with homosexual tendencies from the seminaries. Before, there was no psychological profiling of prospective seminarians done at all. Hats off to the Pope for doing that!
And child abuse isn't just endemic to the Catholic Church either. It is a problem with protestants, Baptists, public school teachers (between 1991 and 2000, there were an estimated 290,000 cases of child abuse in public schools), and now even Olympic swimming coaches. Child abuse is no more prevalent in the Catholic Church than in other segments of American society (40% to 60% of child abuse takes place in the family). No one in the Protestant Church thinks that protestantism is evil because the Reverend Jim Jones poisoned all of those people down in Guyana, nor because David Koresh abused all of those young girls in Waco. Recently, the Reverend Tony Alamo was arrested in Arkansas for child abuse. Most of this abuse, of course, is not reported on by the media, because these institutions do not stand directly in the way of their hidden agenda. One has to dig for this information through alternative media sources. But make no mistake, child abuse is rampant in the world today. Satan places his bait where he will, and sometimes a small minority of priests will ingest it. That fact, of course, does not negate their priestly power to turn ordinary bread and wine into the body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. The Church survived the betrayals of Judas and Peter, 2 priestly apostles both hand-picked by Jesus, and it will survive this also. The Church has always had scandals, and has always come out of them stronger than before. The Diocese of Baltimore Maryland just had over 1000 converts come into the Church in 2010, only 8 years after the 2002 priest abuse scandal story. That says that people love the Catholic Church in spite of the weaknesses of its leaders.
And of course, if the sins of the penitents in the confessional were ever made public, like the sins of the priests are, that would be a major scandal in itself. So what's the answer? The answer is that justice needs to be brought to the child abusers, they should be removed from priestly ministry, and they should be forgiven and prayed for by real Catholics. Jesus forgave His torturers and murderers from the cross; we should do no less for all of those sinners who abuse children. Otherwise, we run the risk of not being forgiven for our sins (..."forgive us our trespasses AS we forgive others who trespass against us..."). And we must also pray for the victims of these priests, because their whole lives were ruined by these child molesters. And don't forget to pray for the numerous priests who have been falsely accused by people who want to bring down the Catholic Church. And pray for "the media", who is always going out of its way to be nice to Muslims, and who warn us all that just because there are a few Islamic terrorists, that doesn't mean that all Muslims are terrorists. They seem to take just the opposite approach with the Catholic Church.
One of the conditions for getting an indulgence is to pray for the Pope. I can assure you that this wonderful man and leader of 1 billion Catholics needs your prayers NOW. So please include him in your prayers while the crazy people of the world want to arrest him and put him on trial, just like they did with Jesus.