Sunday, April 20, 2008

Il Papa

posted by The Vidiot @ 10:12 AM Permalink

I'm telling you, the friggin' papal news coverage is ridiculous. It's everywhere. Why? It's just the freakin' pope. Not only that, I'm flipping around, trying to find something else to watch and one of the news stations is interviewing Harry Connick Jr. about, what else, THE POPE! How random is that?

If I hear the words 'solemn' and 'moving' in the same sentence one more time, I'll go nuts, NUTS, I tell you.

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At 9:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a baptized (but nonpracticing) Roman Catholic, taught well by nuns in parochial school for 9 years. I was an altar boy (who was personally never sexually abused, thankyou Jesus).

Here is something that most Catholics aren't aware of.

POPE BENEDICT HAS ACTUALLY BEEN CAUGHT COVERING FOR PREDATORY PEDOPHILES IN THE CHURCH! When he copped to "the CHURCH's" handling the scandal badly, he anf the entire US press ignored the feact that he was personally responsible for implementing the coverup.

Here's what the U.S. media reported...
" For the second consecutive day, the pope said the scandal had caused 'deep shame' and enormous pain as the result of priests betraying their vocation by sexually abusing minors with such 'gravely immoral behaviour'.

After visiting the White House on Wednesday morning and praying with President George W. Bush, he dedicated a section of a speech to the bishops to the scandal that rocked the Church starting in 2002 and has forced US dioceses to pay over US$2 billion (S$2.7 billion) in damages.

He said he agreed with an assessment by the head of the US bishops conference that the crisis had been 'sometimes very badly handled' and that only recently was 'the scale and the gravity of the problem' more clearly understood.

The Church was criticized for transferring known abusers rather than defrocking them or turning them over to police.

'While it must be remembered that the overwhelming majority of clergy and religious in America do outstanding is vitally important that the vulnerable always be shielded by those who would cause harm,' Pope Benedict told the bishops at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. "

"HANDLED BADLY?!?" Check out how Pope Benedict was responsible for HANDLING IT BADLY according to the following excerpt-

"Pope 'obstructed' sex abuse inquiry

Confidential letter reveals Ratzinger ordered bishops to keep allegations secret"


"The Ratzinger letter was co-signed by Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone who gave an interview two years ago in which he hinted at the church's opposition to allowing outside agencies to investigate abuse claims."

...The dirty little secret as yet UNREPORTED BY THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA is that the Vatican has apparently been lobbying state legislatures to limit the Statute of Limitations on victims claims against predatory pedophiles PRIMARILY THROUGH "CONSERVATIVES".

details here

Meanwhile a new ABC/Washington Post Poll released today shows that Catholics' disapproval of the church’s handling of the sex abuse issue is the highest level ever, and it has increased dramatically over the past four years, despite repeated pledges by bishops to do better (story which contains link to the full poll).

fyi there is a documentary about Cardinal Ratzinger's cover-up.

"Bishops reject Vatican abuse cover-up allegations
2006-10-02, Washington Post

Roman Catholic bishops in England and Wales rejected as false and misleading a BBC documentary about what it said was a cover-up of child sexual abuse under a system enforced by Pope Benedict XVI in his previous job. The documentary [examined] a secret document written in 1962 that sets out a procedure for dealing with child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. The document, called "Crimen Sollicitationis," imposes an oath of secrecy on the child victim, the priest dealing with the allegation and any witness. Breaking that oath would result in excommunication, the BBC said. "The man in charge of enforcing it for 20 years was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the man made Pope last year," reporter Colm O'Gorman said in the program "Sex Crimes and the Vatican." The Vatican...had no immediate comment. The existence of the document is not new. It first surfaced publicly in 2003, when it was widely reported in the U.S. media. American lawyers representing alleged victims of sexual abuse by priests at the time used it in law suits against some American dioceses. Responding to the documentary, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham, central England, said the BBC should be "ashamed of the standard of the journalism used to create this unwarranted attack on Pope Benedict XVI." The public broadcaster defended its documentary. "The protection of children is clearly an issue of the strongest public interest," it said in a statement, responding to the bishops' criticism. "The BBC stands by tonight's 'Panorama' program, and invites viewers to make up their own minds once they've seen it."

Note: To watch this highly revealing BBC documentary free online and decide for yourself, see For government involvement in sexual abuse of children, see the Discovery Channel documentary at"


Oh one more thing. You may or may not be aware of Benedict closing the old nuns home to help pay for abuse victims claims in California
With Malice Toward NunsThe priest sex-abuse scandal claims some new, elderly victims.
By Melinda Henneberger
Posted Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007,

If you have time, take a look at my graphic depiction of the problem with the U.S. media coverage.

At 8:39 AM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

Yeah, I'd heard something about that. As far as I'm concerned, the ALL knew about it and covered it up. He just happened to write the memo.


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