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New Vatican Defences

April 2, 2010

In light of recent scandals within the Catholic church some Bishops have been apologising for the abuse that is coming to light in countries such as Germany, Holland, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland.  Further scandals are also coming to light in Latin America where Bishops are as defiant as they have been in America and Ireland.

Vatican spokespeople have been strenously defending their role in covering up abuse of children around the world and have offered many ridiculous and offensive defences in addition to the ones offered previously.  This week has seen accusations of “petty gossip” against the media coverage of clerical abuse with the charge laid against the New York Times of being directed by Satan!  Not a new excuse or defence but still as laughable.

It’s also being bandied around that clerics aren’t in the empoy of the Vatican so the Pope can’t be sued:

There’s a general consensus among legal scholars that an employee is someone who works for the employer, who controls the details of the work. Attorneys for the Vatican are expected to argue that diocesan bishops do not work for the pope, and that the Holy See does not exercise the day-to-day control over their work necessary to create an employment relationship.

One defence I hadn’t imagined was given today by Pope Benedict’s personal preacher,  Rev Raniero Cantalamessa ‘at Good Friday prayers in St Peter’s Basilica, attended by the Pope’:

In his sermon, he quoted a Jewish friend as saying the accusations reminded him of the “more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism”.

The Rev Cantalamessa said Jews throughout history had been the victims of “collective violence” and drew a comparison with recent attacks on the Church.

He read the congregation part of a letter from a Jewish friend who said he was “following with disgust the violent and concentric attacks against the Church, the Pope…

“The use of stereotypes, the shifting of personal responsibility and guilt to a collective guilt remind me of the most shameful aspects of anti-Semitism,” he quoted from the letter.

Absolutely disgraceful!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. April 4, 2010 02:37

    I still can’t get over how Cantalamessa compared being Jewish to protecting serial child rapists. It’s just so incredibly evil.

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