A leading Romish cardinal, Angelo Sodano, defending Benedict at the latter’s Easter Sunday Mass, said the Roman Catholic institution would not be intimidated by “petty gossip” about the sexual abuse of children by priests. His words were: “Holy Father, the people of God are with you and will not let themselves be influenced by the petty gossip of the moment, by the trials that sometimes assail the community of believers.” And Benedict himself, as these accusations and angry protests swirled around him, spoke publicly of not allowing himself to be “intimidated by the petty gossip of dominant opinion.” Imagine it! This was all he was prepared to say? It is shocking, wicked, mind-numbing in its arrogance. Journalist David Rothkopf wrote: “the problem is not the petty gossip. The problem is the hard and awful fact of decades of abuse of thousands upon thousands of innocent children at the hands of priests in whom they and their families had placed the ultimate trust.
“The problem is not petty gossip. The problem is what would be considered in any other organization to be an apparent conspiracy to cover up grievous crimes and to recklessly endanger innocents. The problem is a culture not of compassion but of one that placed the interests of a rich and powerful organization above those of the individuals it was supposed to be serving. The Church doesn’t need to be protected. The children need to be protected.” Ah, but that’s precisely it: with Rome, it has always only been about protecting its own interests, never about protecting its victims.
And in Rome, Romish cardinal Antonio Canizars Llovera, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, said during the homily of a mass with members of the Italian parliament: “Thank you, Holy Father! With the whole Church, and in a particularly eminent way in the present times, we are with Peter, with the great gift that God has given us in his Successor, our greatly loved Pope Benedict XVI.”
Note how these defences of Benedict all amount to the same thing, i.e. there is a global conspiracy against Benedict and the “Church”. These apologists for Antichrist ignore or play down the global conspiracy within the Romish religion itself to cover up the priestly sexual abuse scandal as much as possible, but they vociferously bleat about a global conspiracy against Rome and its pontiff.
And let’s not forget that many of these high-ranking wolves in sheep’s clothing are rushing to defend Benedict, not necessarily out of any genuine love for him or belief that he is innocent, but because they well know that if he falls, they fall. Huge numbers of them are guilty too. They have a vested interest in propping him up any way they can.
In Italy, an essay in L’Avvenire, the official newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference which generally reflects the thinking of senior levels of the Italian “Church” and of the Vatican, described a Nazi smear campaign, orchestrated by Joseph Goebbels in 1937, against the Roman Catholic institution, which was based on reports of child-abusing priests; and the essay was clearly designed to hint that modern criticism of the “Church” on the same subject bears striking parallels to that of Goebbels. In other words, this was another attempt, by Rome, to deflect attention from the predator priests themselves, and blame it all on a conspiracy against the “Church” modelled on that of the Nazis!
Let us list the excuses and defences being made for Benedict and for the priesthood under him:
1) The decision to send a paedophile priest back to work with children was taken without Ratzinger’s knowledge.
2) Ratzinger did not know of the vast scale of priestly sex abuse of children. This, even though he headed the organisation tasked with dealing with such things!
3) It’s all a conspiracy against the “Church”. The conspirators, depending on which high-ranking archbishop or cardinal of Rome is speaking, are the media, or the freemasons, or pro-abortion campaigners, or pro-sodomite campaigners, or western governments, or atheists, or Zionist Jews, or liberals, or feminists, or any number of others. Of course, some of these certainly are making use of the revelations of these scandals to advance their own anti-Papal agenda; but these groups are not the ones to be blamed for the sexual abuse of children by priests of Rome – the priests themselves are the guilty ones here!
4) It’s the fault of the child victims themselves, who are accused of supposedly seducing the priests on purpose! Yes, as unbelievable as it seems, some have used this as an excuse.
5) It’s all just “petty gossip.”