Vatican On Defensive Again As Accusations Of Pope Hindering Pedo Investigation Arise
April 10, 2010
The allegations stem from a letter that was released earlier this week by the Associated Press, which showed then Cardinal Ratzinger resisting the defrocking of convicted pedophile Stephen Kiesle in 1985.
The Pope Benedict formerly held the position of the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which was directly responsible for handling abuse claims.
It is one of many instances that seem to point to his allowance of abuse to continue, despite frequent claims of molestation from priests all over the world.
However, the Vatican claims that the Pope was just using ‘due caution’ before making a decision, and that the letter was taken out of context.
“The press office doesn’t believe it is necessary to respond to every single document taken out of context regarding particular legal situations,” Fr Federico Lombardi, a spokesman for the Vatican, said.
It is a comment that is sure to get blood boiling again, given the serious nature of the allegation, and the fact that it is the first time the Pope has been directly accused of hindering a sex abuse allegation, and allowing abuse to actually continue.
The Vatican has become increasingly hostile as the instances of molestation against boys and girls by priests continue to pour out from around the globe.
While they originally kept a critical and sympathetic tone, promising to look into the matter and admitting that mistake were made, they are now frothing at the mouth and attacking anyone who so much as comments on the issue, even going so far as to accuse the media and critics of attacking the Pope for no reason.