Just when it looked like they might finally be getting into that “consenting adults” thing, along comes one more in a gathering dung heap of Catholic church child sex abuse scandals — and this one travels a long and perverse road that ends on the doorstep of Pope Sieggy himself:
Pope Benedict XVI was directly implicated in a deepening Catholic Church sex abuse scandal for the first time late yesterday following disclosures that he unwittingly approved the transfer a priest who forced an 11-year-old boy to have oral sex.
Anyone who thinks this has something to do with anything other than child abuse is bullshitting themselves for foul and odious reasons we can only imagine. Who knows what attracts these creeps to the priesthood, or even if they get weird before or after they take those abnormal and unnatural vows of celibacy. And how is it that someone with this guy’s record wouldn’t be immediately defrocked:
The priest, who was named by Germany’s Südeutsche Zeitung only as priest “H”, was transferred in 1980 from his parish in the German town of Essen to the Pope’s former diocese in Munich after he was accused of forcing the boy to perform sex acts. The priest was sent to Munich to undergo therapy, but six years later he was convicted of abusing minors. He was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence and fined the equivalent of €2,000 (£1,800). The newspaper said that he continues to work as a priest in Bavaria.
The Pope, then known as Joseph Ratzinger, was a German Catholic cardinal at the time. His Munich diocese insisted yesterday the decision to allow the convicted paedophile priest to continue working had been taken by Gerhard Gruber, 81, its principal vicar.
Gerhard might take the bullet, but it’s hard to fathom how a priest with as many issues as this one could lurk under the radar of the highest levels… and some of the Catholic rank and file are thinking that sounds about right. It’s common knowledge that in a pre-Pope incarnation, Benedict took it upon himself to advise bishops on how sex abuse cases should be dealt with, or rather, not dealt with:
Benedict is also under fire for a 2001 church directive he wrote while a Vatican cardinal, instructing bishops to keep abuse cases confidential.
Germany’s justice minister has blamed the directive for what she called a “wall of silence” preventing prosecution.
Well, that’s obviously because the German justice minister hates Catholics. Expect the spin that this whole thing is a conspiracy to unjustly vilify the Pope and the Catholic church in 3…2…1…BANG!