Is the Pope of Rome Guilty?

That he would definitely have known all about the abuses is also evident from the fact that he is a German, he was Romish archbishop of Munich, Germany from 1977 to 1982, and Germany is reeling under the accusations that are surfacing; clearly the scale of abuse in Benedict’s homeland was and is vast.  In addition, some of the reports of abuse in Germany were linked to a prestigious  choir, the Regensburg Boys’ Choir, run by Benedict’s own brother, priest Georg Ratzinger, from 1964 to 1994.  Not surprisingly, the 86-year-old Georg has denied any knowledge of sexual abuse.[9] But of course he knew – and of course his more famous brother knew as well.

“Revelations that Pope Benedict’s brother may be called upon to testify in a church abuse scandal raise valid questions about how much the current Pope knew about the allegations,” said Colm O’Gorman, who campaigns for justice for victims of priestly sexual abuse.  “A more revealing line of inquiry would be to examine the extent of the pontiff’s knowledge of the global clerical sexual abuse scandals.  In December 2002, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, suggested that media coverage of clerical sexual abuse was a conspiracy to bring down the Catholic Church.  At the time he was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.  In this powerful position he was in charge of managing cases of priests who abused children in any Catholic diocese across the world.”[10]

This is always how Rome reacts to these things: “It’s a conspiracy against us!”  The first thought of the hierarchy is never for the victims of priestly evil, it is always for their own skins.  Benedict’s brother, Georg, displayed this same attitude when he told a newspaper: “I want to note that I sense a certain animosity toward the Church.”  Well, yes, you’re right, Mr Ratzinger – the media is often against the Roman Catholic “Church” these days.  But can you blame them?  As hard-nosed media men look at your “Church”, all they see is a putrefying mass of corruption.  Is it any wonder that pressmen the world over are sceptics when it comes to matters of religion?

O’Gorman went on: “…the Pope has failed to put in place and enforce mandatory child protection policy across his church.  I asked a senior church figure why this was the case.  I was told that to put in place global policy underpinned by church law would admit that the Vatican had the responsibility and the power to do so, and expose it to lawsuits and potentially massive financial losses.  So there you have it.  It would appear the Vatican values its money and its position more than the safety of children.”  Well, of course it does.  And this failure on the part of Ratzinger to enforce a child protection policy within the Roman Catholic institution means that he bears vast responsibility for the abuse of children at the hands of priests worldwide.

Here is further evidence, provided by author Vinnie Nauheimer, a Roman Catholic himself:

“As head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) for twenty three years, investigating offending priests was his responsibility.  Then Cardinal Ratzinger, now Benedict, knew full well there were priests using their powers to debauch children, but he remained silent and refused to clamp down on the permissiveness that allowed them free rein.

“In 2001 under his own signature, Cardinal Ratzinger reaffirmed the validity of Crimen Sollicitationis which imposes the ‘Secrets of the Holy Office’ on anyone with knowledge of priests violating the confessional or sexually abusing children, which means they are silenced forever.

“In 2002, Pope JPII [John Paul II] said that there was no room in the priesthood for those that would abuse children.  As head of the CDF, then Cardinal Ratzinger disobeyed a very public command made by the pope by not removing offending priests and bishops who enabled them.

“In 2009: At the Catholic World Youth Day in Australia Benedict said, ‘I ask all of you to support and assist your bishops, and to work together with them in combating this evil.  Victims should receive compassion and care, and those responsible for these evils must be brought to justice.’  To date, none of the offending bishops or cardinals has been brought to justice by either the church or civil law.”[11]