Pope Benedict Tough on Celibacy Doctrine, Pedophiles Not So Much

April 12, 2010

Rome (ChattahBox) – The Vatican is vehemently defending the Pope after allegations that he protected a pedophile priest by stalling his removal from the Catholic Church during his time as a cardinal.  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 letter, signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was typed in Latin and is part of years of correspondence between the Diocese of Oakland and the Vatican about the proposed defrocking of the Rev. Kiesle. The Vatican confirmed Friday that it was Ratzinger’s signature. ‘’The press office doesn’t believe it is necessary to respond to every single document taken out of context regarding particular legal situations,’’ the Rev. Federico Lombardi said. 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. A lawyer for the Vatican claimed, in a statement earlier today, that the two years it took the current Pope to defrock a convicted pedophile was quick. But the Pope seemed to act ‘real quick‘ when he excommunicated an Archbishop who defied the celibacy doctrine.

On September 24th 2006 Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, of Zambia, defied the Vatican by ordaining four married priests. On September 26th the Vatican issued a press release announcing that he had been excommunicated for “ordaining bishops without the approval of the Holy See.” In defiance of that excommunication, Milingo ordained a further four married priests in Washington, on December 11th 2006,.  Six days later, boom, the Vatican issued a press release announcing that he had been dismissed “from the clerical state.”


5 Responses to “Pope Benedict Tough on Celibacy Doctrine, Pedophiles Not So Much”

  1. Rob A on April 12th, 2010 10:33 am

    Do you even know what you are talking about? Did you actually research any of these idiotic allegations against the Pope or are you so gullible that you believe everything the media says as absolute truth? Look at facts and all the documents in the proper context and you will see that Pope Benedict did more than any other person in the Church to end the problem of these gay pedophiles hiding in the priesthood.

    How about this for a story? Did you know that over 200,000 kids have been abused by public school teachers in the US between 1991 and 2000. That is one hundred times more that the number of victims in the Catholic Church in a fifty year period. Here is the link with the data to back up this statement:

    Did you also know that the New York State legislature and teacher unions have been hiding and shielding pedophile teachers for years? Where is the outrage and investigation on this by the NY Times and the AP and the other lefist media? They are totally silent because public schools are controlled by the State and the teacher unions are supporters of Obama and his lefist agenda. The Church however has opposed this same agenda and is now targeted by a smear campaign in order to destroy its moral authority and silence it on important issues. Until you and the rest of this lefist media start covering these stories rather than your disgusting attacks and propoganda, you are nothing more than a pompous mouthpiece spewing propoganda for Obama and the leftist socialists in power.

  2. Archbishop Brennan on April 12th, 2010 2:49 pm

    While your thought is correct that Pope Benedict XVI acted immediately to
    excommunicate Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo for ignoring the celibacy requirement
    and ordaining four married bishops and he did drag his feet on the exclusion of
    one or more pedophile priests from ministry for up to ten years. A correction
    is needed as to when Archbishop Milingo was reduced to the lay state and that
    took place on December 17, 2009. This took place after he ordained two married
    bishops in Africa in June of 2009. As Milingo pointed out at the time, what
    does it say to Lay People when a priest is punished to become a Layman?
    It certainly tells the Laity they are not well esteemed in the eyes of the
    papacy if their status is one of punishment. In December of 2006, two married
    deacons were ordained as priests by Milingo in New Jersey but no formal
    statements were given by the Vatican at that time. Celibacy has replaced the
    priesthood in importance as far as the church is concerned. When celibacy is a
    job requirement for the priesthood it is not a free choice and actually is a new
    form of slavery. The Golden Calf of Celibacy must be struck down. Your report
    shows that maintaining celibacy is even more important than children and their
    (Married Priests USA)

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  4. amanda on April 12th, 2010 9:49 pm

    Why not remove the ones that enabled the pedophile priests and make new bishops archbishops and cardinals that did not enable them. The church could do this very quickly. I think if they weren’t in the church they would be in jail for covering up and enabling child sexual abuse.

  5. Archbishop Brennan on April 13th, 2010 1:43 pm

    Amanda, it is a bit more complex. First the church needs to be purged of clericalism which falsely puts priests on a highly elevated status above the people. Clericalism is reinforced by mandated celibacy. After these changes, the church has to deal with its use of power and authority which is improperly used and abusive in itself. These are the factors that allowed the child abuse scandal to occur. So clearing out the old bishops and appointing new bishops may help a little but likely they will only repeat the same mistakes because the causal factors have not changed. A total renewal and renovation of the church is needed and that includes giving the people a voice and a vote which they do not now have. (Married Priests USA)

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