Benedict XVI obstructing justice?

I understand that there are going to be people who see the new Pope as a religious conservative and will be dragging things up about him. Not sure why they think he cares or should care so much about the US political scene though. Even though the papacy is an unbiblical office I am glad he is morally conservative….I think.

Anyways, in the link above there is a story that should not be hidden. I get so tired of hearing the Roman Catholic argument that they are the one true church, etc. The article alleges that this new so called vicar of Christ had a hand in.

Here are a few quotes from the article:

Pope Benedict XVI faced claims last night he had ‘obstructed justice’ after it emerged he issued an order ensuring the church’s investigations into child sex abuse claims be carried out in secret.

It asserted the church’s right to hold its inquiries behind closed doors and keep the evidence confidential for up to 10 years after the victims reached adulthood. The letter was signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected as John Paul II’s successor last week.

Did the magesterium err here? Was this an official teaching on faith and morals? Does church discipline fall under faith and morals? So maybe this wasn’t an official teaching, but what do these actions taken (or not taken) count as? These questions are beside the point. This man and his cohorts claim to represent the truest and purest faith that the Lord Jesus Christ gave us and where is their responsibility? I am not even sure what else to say. Again we see it’s all about the institution and not about Jesus Christ. I am sure we’ll never see the day when the Pope hears of abuses and cover-ups when he will make a whip and drive those folks out. Not going to happen because the Roman institution is to valuable and powerful for them.

Lord grant them repentance and faith,
Mark

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1 centuri0n May 2, 2005 at 5:25 am

I’m going to offer you an explanation that may sound surprising coming from me re: the matter of why Ratzinger would order the investigations to be conducted in secret. I think it is more plausible than the “protect the power of the institution” explanation.

I think they ordered the investigations in secret because they don’t know any better and they think they have an inalienable right to conduct their business like any other sovereign body.

I think what is more surprising than the fact that they conducted the investigations “secretly” (and we have to be careful in that the Vatican uses the term “secret” in a way which might not mean what we mean when we say it, cf. the vatican “secret” archives) is that the Vatican has not exercised its right as a sovereign nation to protect and defend its own ambassadors — which is to say, the priests of the church.

I think that the Vatican sees itself as a law unto itself, and in that it is not “protecting” its power by conducting “secret” investigations, but actually and merely exercising its power — doing what is right for an earthly government to do.

I could be wrong. 🙂

2 The Theorist May 31, 2005 at 2:05 pm

“doing what is right for an earthly government to do.”

That’s the point. The Vatican isn’t an “earthly government” by any strech. And for anyone to find a way to stick up for them when they are protecting child molesters is just pathetic.

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