When the New York Times – supported faction was in charge of the Catholic church, there were thousands of abuse cases happening each year. Now that Pope Benedict’s faction is in charge, they have driven the numbers down to almost nothing.
Yet, the Times wants to blame the Pope, drive him from office. Is the Times trying to remove the guy who has led the fight against abuse so they can go back to abusing?
And the American Catholic Church — once in destructive denial — has confronted the problem directly. It is difficult to contend that justice was done in the cases of some prominent offenders and the bishops who protected and reassigned them. But it is also difficult to deny that the church has made progress with a zero-tolerance policy. The vast majority of abuse cases took place decades ago. In 2009, six credible allegations of abuse concerning people who are minors were reported to the U.S. bishops — in a church with 65 million members.
Some will allow none of these facts to get in the way of a good clerical scandal.
That’s one thing the Times and the AP never tell you. They never tell you the raw statistcs of the matter. In fact, as soon as Pope John Paul II took over in 1978, the rate of abuse started falling. Under John Paul, Benedict was the point man on the scandals after 2001, and knows more about what he calls “the filth in the church” than anyone else.
Yet the Times goes after him, and excuses people like Weakland, who had much more responsibility. But Weakland is gay, so the Times attempts to shift the blame to the Pope. The scandal in Berlin happened at a jesuit school, and the Jesuits are known to be a gay order, in large part. So what does the Times do? It shifts the focus to something that happened in Munich when the Pope was there. But the Pope was not really involved in that matter.
You figure it out.