Vatican Running out of Scapegoats for Abuse Scandal, NY Times, Satan, Gays, Now ‘Anti-Semitism’
April 3, 2010
(ChattahBox)—By all accounts, Pope Benedict XVI and his spokesmen in the Vatican have not distinguished themselves well in publicly dealing with allegations of a decades-long global cover up of the rape and sexual abuse of innocent children by Catholic priests. When The NY Time’s story broke personally linking Benedict to a clerical, sexual child abuse cover-up scandal, while he was then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger serving as Archbishop of Munich, he and his minions attacked The New York Times for instituting a witch hunt against him. And when Benedict issued an unprecedented pastoral letter apologizing for the horrific sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests in Ireland, he didn’t address the Vatican’s role in perpetuating pedophilia in the priesthood and he pointed to the secularization of modern society, as the root cause of the problem. And the list of scapegoats goes on.
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, blamed homosexuals for the pedophilia scandal in the Catholic Church. Donohue falsely claimed most of the abuser priests were gay, while their victims were mostly pre-teen boys. So, he concluded the rape and abuse of children wasn’t a pedophilia problem, but was a homosexual problem.
Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s chief exorcist, blamed the scandal on Satanic evil inside the Vatican. During a Palm Sunday service, Benedict blamed “petty gossip of dominant opinion” for the allegations against him. And Vatican officials called the allegations an “ignoble attempt” to smear Pope Benedict and his top advisers “at any cost.”
Instead of taking responsibility for decades of actions and decisions of protecting the reputation of the Catholic Church and pedophile priests at the expense of thousands of innocent children, Pope Benedict and his advisers have decided to go on the offensive and blame the messengers.
Benedict, as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is accused of mishandling priest abuse cases in Germany, putting children at risk to protect the Church at all costs and failing to defrock an American priest accused of molesting 200 deaf boys in Wisconsin.
So, let’s see, a plot by The Catholic-hating New York Times to destroy Pope Benedict, a global conspiracy to bring down the Pope “at any cost,” modern society, Satan, gays. What’s left? Oh right, the Jews.
According to the account by Reuters:
“Cantalamessa, noting that this year the Jewish Passover and Christian Easter fell during the same week, said Jews throughout history had been the victims of “collective violence” and drew a comparison with attacks on the Church over the scandal. As the pope listened, Cantalamessa read the congregation a part of a letter he received from a Jewish friend, who said he was “following with disgust the violent and concentric attacks against the Church, the pope…” “The use of stereotypes, the shifting of personal responsibility and guilt to a collective guilt remind me of the most shameful aspects of anti-Semitism,” he quoted from the letter.”
Jewish groups are outraged over the comparison.
Elan Steinberg, vice-president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, said “The Vatican is entitled to defend itself but the comparison with anti-Semitic persecution is offensive and unsustainable. We are sorely disappointed.”
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre said: “These hurtful remarks were made in the presence of the pope and the pope himself should take responsibility and apologise for them.”
And Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, went further with his condemnation: “How can you compare the collective guilt assigned to the Jews which caused the deaths of tens of millions of innocent people to perpetrators who abuse their faith and their calling by sexually abusing children?”
Peter Isely, a spokesman for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), also weighed in on comparing the sexual abuse and rape of children to the “collective violence” against Jews: “This ridiculous attempt to hide the crimes of the (Church) hierarchy inside of Jewish suffering shows just how far this Pope seems willing to go to stop the truth from emerging,” said Isely.
Meanwhile, the Vatican sought to walk back the remarks, saying the comparison “is absolutely not the line of the Vatican and of the Catholic Church.”