Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pope Ratz Personally Hid Molester’s Abuses

Oh this is a fine howdoyoudo! It turns out that Archbishop/Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, was the one who allowed Father Hullermann of the Archdiocese of Essen to be transferred to the Archdiocese of Munich. So, not only did Pope Ratz know about the abuse, the New York Times reported today that it was Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger who reviewed the case of accused molester Father Hullermann and Ratzinger personally allowed Hullermann to transfer from the Diocese of Essen to the Diocese of Munich and continue molesting boys. One of the charges against Hullermann in Essen was that he forced an 11-year-old boy to perform oral sex. And now after 30 years of abusing boys and after hundreds of victims have come forward, the priest, Peter Hullermann, as of yesterday has finally been suspended from his priestly duties. From the NYT article, the level of ignorance in the Roman Catholic Church about pedophilia is stunning. People were quoted as saying Hullermann was down to earth and popular, that he was “loving and appropriate” with children, that “if we can no longer believe in forgiving sins, we might as well close the whole store.” It’s not about whether Father Peter Hullermann seemed sweet and kind, it’s not about forgiving sins. It’s about the fact that a pedophile cannot be cured. A pedophile can NEVER be around children. It’s about the fact that after being convicted of sexually abusing minors in 1986, this priest was given an 18-month suspended sentence with five years of probation, fined 4,000 marks and was returned to priestly duties with no oversight whatsoever regarding his working with children. And the person who allowed this man to abuse children for 30 years is Pope Benedict XVI. It’s impossible to find an analogous situation to explain to people what returning pedophiles to priestly duties with children is like. Because it’s like nothing else. It’s not like hiring a convicted bank-robber to work in a bank, because no bank would hire a convicted bank-robber and besides he wouldn’t be harming children. It’s not like hiring a recovering alcoholic to tend bar, because some can do it successfully and besides, they wouldn’t be harming children. When the Roman Catholic Church knowingly allows pedophile priests to continue to work in the church with children, the church has also committed the crime. The church is aiding and abetting. The church is a criminal. And let us be clear, pedophilia has nothing whatsoever to do with homosexuality. If a pedophile is also homosexual, it’s a coincidence because 85% of pedophiles are straight. What is mind-boggling about this case and the Pope is that Pope Benedict is adamant about homosexuality in the church--it is not to be tolerated, although it harms no one. And yet pedophile priests who cause lifelong injury and harm to children are coddled and protected by this Pope.

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