Who do they go after? Pope Benedict XVI, formerly known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
As for Cardinal Ratzinger’s culpability, he was appointed head of the CDF in 1981. Take a close look at the chart from the John Jay report provided by the New York Times blogger [Actually, it is from the John Jay college of Criminal Law’s study of the abuse crisis in 2004]:
Do you notice anything interesting? Do you see how that red line (number of cases) and that blue line (number of priests committing abuse) both begin a REALLY rapid descent? Well, if you look closely at the year when that rapid fall begins, that year would be 1981 – two years after John Paul II is elected Pope and the same year Ratzinger is picked to head the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Even though the CDF won’t streamline the process and gain sole jurisdiction over abuse cases until 2001, the chart shows that the minute Ratzinger became the head of CDF, someone, somewhere started shutting these abusive priests down. By 1995, most of the rat holes had been closed.
So once again, the question is: Why is the Times attacking the one man who has done the most to shut down the abusers?
Are they trying to get the numbers back up?