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Tuesday, March 16

Official Vatican Stance on Child Abuse- the crime is in reporting the crime

by blondesense liz

I cannot express adequately how very much I want the Roman Catholic Church to be exposed for all its hypocrisy and lies. So you'll just have to imagine.

According to "The Great Catholic Cover-Up- The pope's entire career has the stench of evil about it" by Christopher Hitchens it's revealed that when Ratzinger (Pope Benedict aka Joey Ratz) was the Vatican Inquisitor under Pope John Paul II, he deemed that the real crime when it came to child abuse was the reporting of the crime... not the crime itself. Well I guess I figured that out but just needed to read it.

"...In 2001, Pope John Paul II placed this department in charge of the investigation of child rape and torture by Catholic priests. In May of that year, Ratzinger issued a confidential letter to every bishop. In it, he reminded them of the extreme gravity of a certain crime. But that crime was the reporting of the rape and torture. The accusations, intoned Ratzinger, were only treatable within the church's own exclusive jurisdiction. Any sharing of the evidence with legal authorities or the press was utterly forbidden. Charges were to be investigated "in the most secretive way ... restrained by a perpetual silence ... and everyone ... is to observe the strictest secret which is commonly regarded as a secret of the Holy Office … under the penalty of excommunication." Nobody has yet been excommunicated for the rape and torture of children, but exposing the offense could get you into serious trouble. And this is the church that warns us against moral relativism! (See, for more on this appalling document, two reports in the London Observer of April 24, 2005, by Jamie Doward.)
I'd also like to see the Catholic nuns get slammed for all the emotional and psychological abuse they inflicted on millions of Catholic kids, but it would be much harder to prove.

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