Easter Mass Support for Pope: ‘Believers’ Won’t be Swayed by ‘Petty Gossip’
April 4, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-On this sacred Catholic Holy day, to honor Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, the Vatican seeks to also resurrect Pope Benedict’s sinking reputation. And so far, the effort is failing miserably, as Catholic officials stick with their plan during Easter services, of attacking the messenger, for pointing out the growing scandal of covering up the rape and sexual molestation of children by priests. During Easter Mass in St Peter’s Square, a senior Cardinal repeated previous statements made by Pope Benedict, blaming the clerical pedophilia problem on “petty gossip.”
Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, decided to comfort Catholics dismayed by the Vatican’s mishandling of the global pedophilia crisis spanning decades, by blaming it on the media’s reporting of it.
“Holy Father, the people of God are with you and will not let themselves be influenced by the petty gossip of the moment, by the trials that sometimes assail the community of believers,” the cardinal said.
Last week, Pope Benedict sought to deflect reports alleging that, as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in Munich, he covered up priest abuse cases, subjecting children to further molestation, to protect the Church at all costs and failing to defrock an American priest accused of molesting 200 deaf boys in Wisconsin. During a Palm Sunday service, Benedict blamed “petty gossip of dominant opinion” for the allegations against him.
The Pope did not did not directly address the scandal in his own “Urbi et Orbi” Easter address, but he mentioned a “profound crisis.” He said humanity was suffering from a “profound crisis” and needed “spiritual and moral conversion.” The Pope said belief in the Gospel was needed to survive the crisis, “beginning with consciences.”
After the Pontiff asked for prayers for victims of war and natural disasters, he said “Easter doesn’t work magic… After the resurrection the Church always finds history filled not only with joy and hope but also with grief and anguish.”
While the Pope and Cardinal Sodano went on the offensive, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, “Preacher of the Pontifical Household,” played defense, apologizing for his earlier remarks, comparing the Church’s priest pedophilia scandal to the “collective violence” of anti-Semitism. He told an Italian newspaper, that he had only meant to point to “the use of stereotype and the easy passage from individual to collective guilt.”
Whether it be “petty gossip,” or a crisis of “humanity” it’s not about to go away anytime soon.
See the BBC for more.
Photo Credit : Screen grab from BBC report.