Sunday, March 28, 2010

Crazy Sad. Crazy Angry: Pope actively refused justice for 200 boys.

I read on about the lawyer who uncovered documents showing that the Pope, then Cardinal Ratzinger, transfered a pedophile priest.

Jeff Anderson has filed thousands of lawsuits alleging sex abuse by priests and has won tens of millions of dollars for his clients, but he's had a bigger goal in mind for nearly two decades. He wants to bring his career-long legal crusade against misconduct in the Roman Catholic church right to the top.

He would love to question Pope Benedict XVI himself under oath. Though that is extremely unlikely given that the pope is a head of state, documents Anderson has unearthed have the potential to take a scandal that has plagued dozens of dioceses around the world and place it at the doorstep of Vatican leadership.

The documents, which became publicly known in the past week after Anderson shared them with the New York Times, show that a Vatican office led by the pope, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, halted a church trial of a Wisconsin priest accused of molesting some 200 boys at a school for the deaf.

The Pope actively refused justice for 200 boys molested by a pedophile priest at a school for the deaf from 1950 to 1974.

I guess we shouldn't be totally surprised. I guess it's even predictable in a way, given the clerical culture, the history of the Church and this pope's misguided (to put it nicely) allegiance to it. Still, it's disappointing, isn't it? The Pope, even.

We had 10 children in Adventure Village this morning. Two little boys are in foster care--they come from a family environment where the mother is alcoholic. We have several other couples in our church who care for children in that way, providing caring, stable and loving environments for them. Anyway, I think about the sacred responsibility we have to care for these children in ways that show them the love of God. They are so vulnerable, so trusting. It just makes me crazy that anyone would violate them so heinously. Crazy sad. Crazy angry.

Perhaps this scandal should crucify the institutional Catholic Church so that it can rise again in some other form, one not so tempted by patriarchy, by worldly power, by such arrogance that it believes its representatives shouldn't live balanced lives.


Terri (AKA Mompriest) said...

Beyond thinking the clergy should live balanced lives the issue also is accountability when something goes wrong..or better yet, accountability that aims to prevent things going wrong in the first place. This entire thing is just awful.

RJ said...

My spiritual director (back in Tucson years ago) mused that this controversy could both bankrupt the church and force it to return to its roots as a servant of the poor. We shall see, yes? And to think that pedophile priests can go to their grave celebrating Mass but broken-hearted divorced folk can't get to Christ's table at Eucharist.