Catholicism is chocked full of horror stories regarding the sexual abuse of minors at the perverted hands of the religion’s ordained leaders. The majority of their play toys have been young boys whom the priests seem to favor. In 2017, over 400 unmarked child graves were discovered behind a Catholic orphanage in Scotland. It’s been assumed that these were kids who were either “uncooperative” or had threatened to blow the holy men’s cover.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI has reemerged from the woodwork only to semi-grovel for forgiveness. Not for himself, mind you. He’ll take his plea of innocence to the grave. He wants to be forgiven for his “grievous faults” in the way he handled reported sex abuse cases. Maybe he didn’t do enough.
The former Pope was recently criticized in an independent report that claims he took minimal action in at least four cases when he still reigned supreme as the archbishop over Munich, Germany.
Benedict XVI responded to the accusation by saying, “I have had great responsibilities in the Catholic Church. All the greater is my pain for the abuses and the errors that occurred in those different places during the time of my mandate.”
However, one must realize that nobody joins the priesthood as a pope. They must first serve their time among other priests at various assignments as they climb the heavenly ladder. Surely, a decrepit old-timer like Benedict knew of the widespread sexual abuse when he assumed the position as God’s right-hand man. He did nothing about it unless he was forced to and, even then, he took things lightly.
German bishops have been trying desperately to win back the trust and credibility of the faithful. They fear that survivors of the church’s sexual abuse aren’t going to take kindly to Benedict not personally apologizing for what they are convinced he, himself, has been guilty of.
Accountability is in big demand these days as more and more decades-old abuses have come to light. This has lent courage to an unfathomable number of victims who previously would not come forward for fear of humiliation or even the potential for retaliation. Many already knew how the bishops would cover up anything they reported anyway, so why bother? Just learn to live with it like the other boys who won’t talk about it.
Investigations conducted by a German law firm found that in the four cases they studied, the priests were all criminally convicted of child sexual abuse, yet they retained all the power of the priesthood. They were promptly returned to their assigned duty stations to freely frolic among the alter boys.
All in all, the investigation found over 497 reported sexual abuse victims along with the names of over 235 suspected priests. The story ends there. Benedict, his successors, and his predecessors are all equally as guilty. None of these cases were pursued.
It’s doubtful that any of these higher echelon pervs didn’t, at one time or another, shove their hand down a young terrified boy’s trousers, but let’s present an alternate fact and say they didn’t. They knew it was happening but the reputation of the Catholic Church came first. Shhh…
The former pope ended his rebuttal with this final piece of donkey-doo, “Quite soon, I shall find myself before the final judge of my life. Even though, as I look back on my long life, I can have [sic] great reason for fear and trembling, I am nonetheless of good cheer. For I trust firmly that the Lord is not only the just judge but also the friend and brother who himself has already suffered for my shortcomings.”
Make of that what you will, but please know, more is yet to be uncovered as time goes on and there aren’t enough “Hail Mary’s” in the world to save the guilty men of God from their less than desirable fates.