Calls for Benedict’s Resignation and Arrest
In the wake of these latest revelations, there have been increasingly vociferous calls for Benedict to resign. Others, equally vociferous, have called for him to be arrested and prosecuted. One who did so was famous atheist, evolutionist and anti-Christian, Richard Dawkins. We have never found ourselves in agreement with Dawkins before, and it is unlikely we ever will be again; and undoubtedly he has his own agenda for his condemnation of Benedict, which is easily discerned; but nevertheless what he said about this whole matter was right on target. He wrote: “‘Should Pope Benedict XVI be held responsible for the escalating scandals over clerical sexual abuse in Europe?’ Yes he should, and it’s going to escalate a lot further, as more and more victims break through the guilt of their childhood indoctrination and come forward. ‘Should he be investigated for how cases of abuse were handled under his watch as archbishop of Munich or as the Vatican’s chief doctrinal enforcer?’ Yes, of course he should. This former head of the Inquisition should be arrested the moment he dares to set foot outside his tinpot fiefdom of the Vatican, and he should be tried in an appropriate civil – not ecclesiastical – court.” And: “‘Should the pope resign?’ No. As the College of Cardinals must have recognized when they elected him, he is perfectly – ideally – qualified to lead the Roman Catholic Church. A leering old villain in a frock, who spent decades conspiring behind closed doors for the position he now holds; a man who believes he is infallible and acts the part… a man whose first instinct when his priests are caught… is to cover up the scandal and damn the young victims to silence: in short, exactly the right man for the job. He should not resign, moreover, because he is perfectly positioned to accelerate the downfall of the evil, corrupt organization whose character he fits like a glove, and of which he is the absolute and historically appropriate monarch.
“No, Pope Ratzinger should not resign. He should remain in charge of the whole rotten edifice – the whole profiteering, woman-fearing, guilt-gorging, truth-hating, child-raping institution – while it tumbles, amid a stench of incense and a rain of tourist-kitsch sacred hearts and preposterously crowned virgins, about his ears.”
Incredible, is it not, that an atheist like Dawkins can see what multiplied millions of ecumenical “Protestants” are blind to. Such strong condemnation should be issuing forth from one Protestant leader after another; but the silence is deafening.
Mike Whitney, of the Center for Research on Globalization, wrote: “Pope Benedict should do everyone a favour and resign. By hanging on, he’s just making matters worse. Who does he think he’s fooling anyway? Everyone knows that he was involved in the sex-scandal cover up. Does he really think that a few papal apologies will make a difference? He was in charge and knew everything that was going on. That makes him responsible. His best option now is to ‘man up’ and face the consequences. He needs to arrange a press conference, tell the truth, and resign. End of story.” He also stated: “Benedict should be prosecuted [for obstruction of justice]. No man is above the law; not even the pope. Religious freedom isn’t licence to rape children.”
Of course, such a thought is unthinkable to a devout Roman Catholic. To him or her, his pope is above the law. But these horrifying revelations are shaking the faith of multitudes in their pope and his filthy, vile “Church”.
As the calls for Benedict to resign started coming from all quarters, the Vatican felt compelled to respond. Its spokesman, the Jesuit Lombardi, gave an interview in which he said that calls for Benedict’s resignation were “obviously coming from those who do not understand the Catholic Church. This is not some multinational company where the chief executive is expected to take responsibility. The pope is not personally directing the actions of priests around the world. He is their spiritual leader, and he is one who has acted very clearly to confront this problem.” This defence said nothing of substance, and was essentially spin. The pope of Rome is the head of the entire Roman Catholic institution. No priest can act outside of what the pope of Rome permits. He is, therefore, personally directing their actions, through all the vast machinery of the Romish institution.
There can be no doubt that the Vatican is partially correct when it states, in its defence, that the media calls for the resignation or arrest of Benedict are not all prompted by concern for the welfare of children. To some extent, the liberal media is merely using the child sex scandal within Roman Catholicism to try to ultimately bring down the “Church” of Rome. After all, much of today’s media serves the interests of powerful organisations and individuals who seek to advance an anti-religious, secular humanist agenda, and they would do anything in their power to weaken the influence of Rome over its one billion followers worldwide. This priestly sex scandal has given them ample ammunition, and they are going to get as much mileage out of it as they possible can. There can be no doubt about this.
Nevertheless, the fact remains that many of those in the media, much of the world’s population, and indeed much of the world’s Roman Catholic population, are absolutely horrified by the Roman Catholic institution’s global cover-up and indeed endorsement of child rape by priests – and they want action.