Pope Says No More Pedophiles

In an AP news story Pope Benedict XVI is quoted.

“It is a great suffering for the church in the United States and for the Church in general and for me personally that this could happen,” Benedict said. “It is difficult for me to understand how it was possible that priests betray in this way their mission … to these children. “I am deeply ashamed and we will do what is possible so this cannot happen again in the future,” the pope said.

I say that’s great! But I also say that it’s about time. During the time the events of the movie listed below Deliver Us From Evil occurred, the current Pope, then Cardinal Ratzinger, was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

According to the movie and Wikipedia*, Cardinal Ratzinger was responsible for those engaging in pedophilia. Another Wikipedia entry states:

Due to special canonical legislation, it also has competency for cases of clerical sexual abuse of minors.

Victims in the movie were also turned away from the Vatican by security. So why now? I’m glad at least the issue is being talked about although, given the past minimal action on this issue, I have little confidence anything major will be done. I also wonder if any current clergy will be looked at or if it’s just potential new clergy.

My wife and I watched this movie in disbelief with our jaws dropped. I recommend it be watched with caution as it is a very difficult movie to watch.


p.s. James blogged about this movie in the past.

*I’m quoting wikipedia as the reference for the sources it points to not as the authority itself.

tagged as , in Culture,heresy,theology

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1 Madda April 17, 2008 at 10:05 am

I would be very interested in knowing how exactly the pope proposes to keep pedophiles out of the clergy. Will there be an application form to fill out where one admits to having either participated in or fantazsied about participating in pedophile sexual acts and/or viewed pictures of naked children in vulnerable positions. This pope is a hypocrite and with his proposed reforms in Italy (where I happen to live) he is going to drive this country back into the dark ages.


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