Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI and the church pedophile scandal: Q&A with David Gibson - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com

Pope Benedict is at the center of the storm in the latest pedophile scandal to wrack the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1980, as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, archbishop of Munich, he allegedly allowed a priest accused of abuse to return to pastoral work after receiving psychiatric care. The priest was later convicted of abusing boys at another parish. For nearly 24 years, Ratzinger led the Vatican office known as Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and he has been criticized for moving slowly to defrock abusers whose cases came before his office.

Linda Ocasio of The Star-Ledger Editorial board spoke with David Gibson, author of a biography of Benedict XVI, "The Rule of Benedict," and religion reporter for www.PoliticsDaily.com. This is an edited transcript of that interview. 

Q: What distinguishes this crisis from past controversies involving the Roman Catholic Church?
A: It touches on the credibility of the pope. We haven’t had that in a long time. The last time was with Pius XII and the allegations that he did not take sufficient action to protect Jews during the Holocaust, and that was 60 years ago. There’s nothing new about disagreements with the pope. But they’ve been on doctrine or politics. Not on the pope’s reputation. Read more - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com

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Interview: David Gibson, author of THE RULE OF BENEDICT - PBS - video

“Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit.” Erik Erikson

Kids Are Being Hurt!!! 

…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6

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