The World, and some in the Church, Hate the Pope

by Steve Ray on March 25, 2010

If they ever suspect a chink in the armor the enemy will smell blood and rush in with hatred in their eyes. Thus it is with the secular media and the Catholic Church, especially regarding the Pope.

THE LATEST

L’Osservatore rips Pope’s critics on sex-abuse claims
A strongly worded editorial in the Vatican newspaper has decried the “vile intent” of journalists seeking to link Pope Benedict XVI to the sex-abuse scandal. Following up on a statement from the Vatican press office, L’Osservatore Romano insisted that there was no cover-up by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in a case involving a Milwaukee priest. The CDF only became aware of the case in 1996, the Vatican newspaper noted– decades after the sex-abuse complaints against Father Lawrence Murphy first arose.
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100327/D9EN1HPO0.html

New York Times highlights Vatican inaction on abusive Milwaukee priest
In a front-page headline story, the New York Times has called attention to a sex-abuse case in which the Vatican failed to act promptly on a request to defrock a Wisconsin priest who was accused of molesting up to 200 boys at a school for the deaf.

A documented rebuttal to Christopher Hitchens attack on Pope Benedict
This week the militant atheist Christopher Hitchens published a vitriolic attack on Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic faith, concentrating on the sex-abuse scandal and charging that the Pope’s “whole career has the stench of evil.” In a detailed, carefully documented rebuttal, Sean Murphy points to multiple errors of fact in Hitchens’ piece, and concludes: “Were it not for its appearance in the National Post, it would be difficult to believe that a reputable newspaper would publish such absurdity.”

Vatican Spokesman Refutes Murphy Case Accusations
By Genevieve Pollock, VATICAN CITY, MARCH 25, 2010 (Zenit.org).- There were no cover-ups, the Vatican is confirming in response to media accusations that tried to implicate Benedict XVI in the case of a priest accused of abusing deaf children. Today, several media sources followed the New York Times in reporting a story about Father Lawrence Murphy, a priest from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who was accused of molesting up to 200 children. The Holy See published the statement that Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, gave to the Times, in which he deplored this “tragic case” that “involved particularly vulnerable victims who suffered terribly.” For Lombardi’s whole statement, click here

Sean Murphy tracked down all the references and researched all the accusations. Here’s the result, with 80 references.

And an abbreviated version here: http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/apologetics/ap0325.htm

Murphy concludes: “It would be unfair to conclude that Mr. Hitchens deliberately distorted and withheld all of this information. One hesitates to attribute his failings to malicious anti-catholic bigotry. Perhaps he was just remarkably careless in his reading and incompetent in his research.”

Enemies who Call Themselves Catholics: Van Thuân Observatory Affirms Support for Benedict XVI, By Monsignor Giampaolo Crepaldi
ROME, MARCH 22, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The attempt of the press to implicate Benedict XVI in the question of pedophilia is only the most recent sign of the aversion that many have for the Pope.

It is necessary to ask oneself how this Pontiff, despite his evangelical meekness and honesty, the clarity of his words joined to the depth of his thought and of his teachings, arouses in some places sentiments of disgust and forms of anti-clericalism that it was believed had been surmounted. And this, it must be said, causes even greater astonishment and also distress when those who do not follow the Pope and criticize his alleged errors are men of the Church, whether theologians, priests or laymen.

The unheard of and clearly forced accusations of theologian Hans Kung against the person of Joseph Ratzinger, theologian, bishop, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and now Pontiff for having caused, according to him, the pedophilia of some ecclesiastics through his theology and magisterium on celibacy profoundly distress us. It never happened before that the Church was attacked in this way. For the rest of the article, click here.

New York Times Tries to Tie Pope to abuse scandal
The New York Times has reported that Pope Benedict XVI was informed about the parish assignment given to a priest who had been accused of molesting children. But the Vatican has countered that the Times story contains no new information to contradict previous statements that the Pope was unaware of the assignment.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Paul Primavera March 25, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Steve,

We can expect nothing less than this from the liberal Democrat, atheist humanist NY Times. This is its revenge against the Church for opposing Obamacare and abortion.

I tell you that truly the best liberal Democrat is the defeated, muzzled and emasculated liberal Democrat.

Sorry – I have to tell it like it is.

bible sweepstakes March 26, 2010 at 5:10 AM

This is quite alarming. I do hope that everything gonna be okay.

Mike Drabik, Toledo, Ohio March 26, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Of course there were cover-ups and the Pope did know. Ya know the whole world iS not going to come crashing down if the Holy Father admits he knew and expresses a heart-felt ‘mea culpa’ and takes some real actions to stop this from happening again.

Yes, many will probably leave for good should he do so. However, the truth that is at the core of our faith: that God became Man in Jesus Christ and that he suffered, died, was buried, rose from the dead on the third day; commissioned twelve men to spread this Good News through out the world and; ascended to heaven and will return in judgment some day holds. No matter what happens.

However, it’s high time the Catholic laity remove the covers from their own eyes and pull the plugs out of their own ears and face the cognitive dissonance of this matter with all its horror. We can’t keep on talking about saving children from abortion while Catholic children are being allowed to languish in the dark depths for a life time as a result of the sexual abuse imposed upon them from some of those who are supposed to be their pastors. It is also high time that the priests who haven’t done these things stop walking in lock-step defense of their predatory brothers. And finally it is high time the bishops be real shepherds not a apartachiks and concern themselves with the healing, justice and prevention demanded from this situation rather than worry about the reputation of the Church and the preservation of their social position.

Suzanne March 26, 2010 at 6:26 PM

The New York Times puts this on page 1. However, Obama’s associations with some people, say a certain domestic terrorist named Bill Ayers…well, that was hardly worth any mention. Why should we discuss anything that might possibly taint someone who may become (and, unfortunately, did become) our President? However, it’s like they are just waiting for the slightest, littlest thing about the Church or the Pope and then they splash it there on page 1. Yeah, that is unbiased reporting for you. Very sad state of affairs in our country.

Those of us who know better know we are so blessed to have Pope Benedict as our shepherd. I continue to pray for him and for our Church daily.

Thanks and God bless you.

Suzanne

HG March 26, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Steve,

2000 years and counting, and the devil is desperate at how he can destroy the Catholic Church. The words of our Lord can be trusted, “the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” Thank you Lord for your promise.

We even love you more Pope Benedict XVI! The archangel Michael is right beside you!

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