The Pope Linked to Pedophile Cleric in Germany

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I knew it.

When all of these child abuse cases started cropping up in the U.S., I thought: They’re only doing what higher-ups have been doing all along. Else why would they continually condone it, cover it up, try to silence or buy off the survivors? Now physical abuse and torture, pedophilia or responsibility for the continuation of both is on Simon Bar Sinister Pope Benedict XVI’s threshold and walking right through the door and up the stairs of the Vatican. From The Times:

The Pope was drawn directly into the Roman Catholic sex abuse scandal last night as news emerged of his part in a decision to send a paedophile priest for therapy. The cleric went on to reoffend and was convicted of child abuse but continues to work as a priest in Upper Bavaria.

The priest was sent from Essen to Munich for therapy in 1980 when he was accused of forcing an 11-year-old boy to perform oral sex. The archdiocese confirmed that the Pope, who was then a cardinal, had approved a decision to accommodate the priest in a rectory while the therapy took place.

The priest, identified only as H, was subsequently convicted of sexually abusing minors after he was moved to pastoral work in nearby Grafing. In 1986 he was given an 18-month suspended jail sentence and fined DM 4,000 (£1,800 today [$2,738.35 in U.S. dollars].) There have been no formal charges against him since.

The church has been accused of a cover-up after at least 170 allegations of child abuse by German Catholic priests. The scandal broke in January but the claims, which continue to emerge, span three decades. Critics say that priests were redeployed to other parishes rather than dismissed when they were found to be abusing children.

So while Cardinal Archbishop Ratzinger of Munich and Freising was responsible for this state of affairs, he also became responsible for what people would call the modern version of the Holy Office, or the Inquisition, in the Church. He became prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1982.

You would think that such a fierce proponent of Catholic doctrine would first clean house of those who abused or sought to abuse young boys and girls under the care or tutelage of clerics, high and low. Because in the absence of belief and in the proliferation of doubt engendered by the actions of some of these priests (and nuns!) there is no supreme doctrine to promulgate at all. The destruction of Catholic families stood a far second to the infallibility of the Church.

Oh, and don’t think that Protestant churches (or even Buddhist temples) are exempt from this kind of thing. One of the reasons why my grandmother left the Baptists for the Spiritual Church in New Orleans was the continual meddling of pastors into the sex lives of the women in the congregation, married or not. Jealousies and grudges were rife, causing division on committees and projects. Much later, I even heard of a girl being given over by her own mother to the sexual appetite of the minister of their church, and how the whole thing was hushed up for years.

I’m not saying that all ministers and priests are like this, and I am glad to say that I’ve never had the experiences of these now-grown abuse survivors. However, people have to be on the watch against ministers and priests creating what amounts to be a harem in the church, or cultivating one or two or several ‘favorite’ kids that go with them camping or other excursions. They must know exactly who it is the church authorities are sending to them to minister to the needs of the congregation. In other words, they have to begin to take back power. The Church and its priests are not infallible. When they abuse, it is a misuse of power. They cannot use that power to cover up their tracks either.

Of course, I can see why they kept recycling these priests. There are fewer and fewer believers who have a vocation towards the priesthood and the celibate life. Before I was Catholic, and even while I was devout, I cannot even count the times that Father So and So asked us to pray for vocations in the Fifties and the Sixties. People aren’t feeling it, and it’s not just because of this modern saha world. And yet, the Church refuses to allow for married priests or women priests or even openly gay priests. These are people who also feel called to a life of religious service.

I’m sure you can imagine the amount of damage control and spin that is going on about His Holiness and his actions during the past thirty years, as well as those of his brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, who has also been accused of slapping children around and condoning what amounts to torture and abuse in parochial schools and with a famous choir in Bavaria. It’s almost like the sport of curling, where two people are sweeping the ice for the stone to slide to the target area. Think of the Pope as the stone, and the papal PR machine sweeping like mad to clean up his tracks. It’s a sorry sight. The latest:

Archbishop Ratzinger’s former deputy, Gerhard Gruber, has taken responsibility for initially allowing H (the child abuser) to remain within the Church, saying this had been “a bad mistake”.

Speaking to the Associated Press news agency, he added that there had been about 1,000 priests in the diocese at the time and that the archbishop “could not deal with everything“.

Do you believe that? I don’t believe that. Something like child abuse among religious sends up a lot of people’s antennae in the West. Like a priest misbehaving–against his vows of chastity–with women or men, and it comes out in someone’s village where everyone knows each other’s business? In Bavaria? Excuse me, but no. I think that then-Archbishop Ratzinger would have wanted to deal with something as serious like this, personally. Especially if this H was one out of 1,000 priests in the area. Ratzinger would have wanted to see this taken care of immediately.

Even in Japan, if sexual misconduct is revealed, with high or chief priests carrying on with geisha, it’s a scandal warranting immediate discipline and the restoration of order. There is a difference in Japan, in that its priests, whether Buddhist or Shinto, are regulated by the government, and are allowed to marry legally. However, some Buddhist sects still insist on celibacy in the priestly class, and infidelity among married priests is an offense with ramifications. If hard-working parishioners see their hard-earned offerings going to finance a high or chief priest’s sex parties, it’s considered embezzlement, perhaps resulting in the defrocking of the individual or even prison terms. If it is condoned among higher-ups, resulting in no discipline or punishment, the laity faces a crisis: either stay or leave. No doubt, the marriages of some of these priestly families were damaged as well.

This situation I have described was one of the reasons why the Soka Gakkai International withstood the Nichiren Shoshu priesthood’s excommunication of the lay organization in 1990. The priesthood had committed numerous excesses, abuses, sexual misconduct, authoritarianism and corruption under High Priest Nikken Abe. It refused to self-reflect and to apologize–especially about its World War II -era apostasies, which included collaboration with the right-wing military government at the expense of the laity. They also engineered the mass excommunication of the Gakkai and of President Daisaku Ikeda, so that lay members would flock to the priesthood. This conspiracy largely failed; most members stayed loyal to the Gakkai. It also resulted in a split in the priesthood, and several senior, reformist priests and student priests left Nichiren Shoshu and formed a separate, independent Nichirenist association that ministers to Gakkai members and prints Gohonzon. They’ve published a couple of books about the authoritarian tendency within Nichiren Shoshu and why they had to leave.

I’m not going to be shocked if it is found that either the Pope or his brother have been sexually using children or underage youth themselves. I’m not. Let me say, it would be the final nail in the coffin of papal infallibility. It would result in either reform or break-up of the Church. Because those who claim strict adherence to orthodoxy or shout for a return to conservatism seem to be all the more resistant to changing some of their ways as well. Change your ways first, and then the rest of the world will follow. Not because the prospect is something new and strange and unheard of, but because it would mean that they would have to give up some unholy, destructive, evil, and despotic ways as well with and in themselves. They would be forced to self-reflect or even resign, thus giving up that kind of power. Because they possess ways that probably weren’t the ways of the Christ, Yehoshua ben Yosef, and that has nothing at all to do with faith.

~ by blksista on March 13, 2010.

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