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.

During a “Passion of the Lord” service in St Peter’s Basilica, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, “Preacher of the Pontifical Household,” compared the allegations against Pope Benedict to anti-Semitism.

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.”


3 Responses to “Vatican Running out of Scapegoats for Abuse Scandal, NY Times, Satan, Gays, Now ‘Anti-Semitism’”

  1. Gabriel Wilensky on April 3rd, 2010 8:12 pm


    Rev. Cantalamessa, you really messed up today. I know you didn’t mean to insult anyone when you compared the current attacks on the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict with the persecution of the Jews, but you did, and you did it big time. It seems that you are ignoring a few important points: first of all, there is no comparison because the Church persecuted the Jews for no other reason than their Jewishness, which the Church found intolerable, while the current attacks on the Church and the Pope—I wouldn’t quite call it “persecution”—are well deserved as the Church seems to have an endemic child abuse problem compounded with on obstruction of justice problem. This is not the first time this happens. It’s best to not even talk about the Middle Ages. Hopefully the Pope will make use of his power and swiftly remove any offenders from the Church and hand them over to the civil authorities for prosecution, as would be the case with any child molester. The attacks on the Pope are well deserved too. He was responsible for some of these cases before he became pope and he not only did not punish these priests, he moved them to other places where they were able to molest children again! So, it’s hard to feel sorry for the Church or the Pope these days. You also seem to have forgotten that of the 365 days of the year, this is the least appropriate day to make such comparison with the persecution of the Jews. Should I remind you of the forced conversion of the Jews, instituted by the Church centuries ago? Should I remind you of the incitement to violence in the faithful every Good Friday after sermons and Passion Plays? Should I remind you of the accusation of deicide which prompted countless acts of Christian violence toward Jews? Or the Good Friday prayer which asked God to lift the veil of the blind, perfidious Jews?

    It makes me wonder about your boss, Pope Benedict, too, because one needs to ask oneself the uncomfortable question of why he didn’t stand up as you were making this innapropriate comparison and distance himself and the Church from your comments. But then, maybe one should not be so surprised about this given his recent track record regarding the sexual predator priests, or his treatment of the whole Bishop Williamson affair, or his reinstating the Good Friday prayer referenced above, or his rush canonization process for the problematic wartime Pope Pius XII. In a way, seeing Pope Benedict looking at the floor today as you uttered those words reminded me of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who also stood silently by the Syrian dictator Bashar Assad in 2001 as Assad let loose an antisemitic rant that was broadcast in the entire Christian world. Assad, like the Catholic Church before him, presented Jews as enemies of God. Also like Christians before him, Assad used the Christian blood libel of Jews as Christ-killers. Pope John Paul II did not see fit to stop him right then and there and thus appeared to implicitly accept Assad’s vitriolic statements.

    Perhaps this issue of silent popes is also endemic in the Church. After all, Pope Pius XI and his successor Pope Pius XII both stood by silently as the Nazis slowly and inexorably dehumanized, demonized, and exterminated millions of Jews during the Second World War.

    To wrap it up, Rev. Cantalamessa, as the sole and direct preacher to the pope I think you yourself need some advising. I would encourage you to think about these things, and next time you sit with Pope Benedict advise him better.

    Gabriel Wilensky

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  2. worstsinners on April 4th, 2010 10:13 pm

    They’ve been doing this for such a long time and they will probably get away with it. The question is, what are catholics around the world going to do about it? Nothing. I have added the pope and his lieutenants to my list of worst sinners. Very shameful conduct indeed.

  3. JakeP on October 22nd, 2010 3:37 pm

    So some conservative Jewish commentators are outraged bythe comparison?

    To be fair, it IS sort of a bad comparison. The gay genocide didn’t start or stop with Hitler, it’s still going on in large swatches of the world.

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