It wasn’t about the children.
They were just pawns in a much bigger game being played by the big boys at the New York Times, the AP, and Time Magazine. You see, they have worlds to create, and they are not going to let little things like truth and fairness get in their way.
The scandals were generated by people seeking to use charges of abuse to further a certain agenda. Kathyrn Jean Lopez in the NRO:
The likes of Time magazine, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe want to see the moral voice of the Catholic Church muted, if not completely silenced, on hot-button social issues of the day. Perhaps nowhere is this clearer than in the current debate over homosexuality — an issue that has become increasingly difficult to talk about in the public square. Just ask Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, who stands nearly alone in the media in discussing the existence of homosexuality in the Catholic priesthood as an ingredient in some of the sex-abuse cases of recent decades, and its existence in the seminary and clerical culture where abuse of teenagers all too often went unpunished in the past.
…This is what Time magazine recently did, when it announced on its cover that “Being Pope Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry.” That headline simply doesn’t pass the laugh test. Christianity is a redemption story. Christ, the faithful believe, came precisely because we sin, and believers are implored to say “sorry” — in a sacramental way — in the Catholic Church. The Pope himself, on the matter of what he has called the “filth” of the crimes committed by abusing priests, has been forthright in asking forgiveness and talking about the need for redemption and renewal; even Time had to acknowledge that, if begrudgingly.
When Time magazine, the New York Times, and the others work overtime to try to depict the current pope as part of the problem rather than as part of the solution, they reveal their agenda — an agenda that may be fought out in a local Catholic parish school near you, sooner rather than later.
For those of you who would like a good introduction into the problem, read Goodbye Good Men by Michael Rose.
The problem, you see, is the current Pope is replacing a large percentage of the very liberal bishops. He has replaced liberal bishops in most of the major American cities now. By doing so, he threatens the continued existence of the very liberal Catholic wing that started the abuse crisis, that hid the abuse crisis. The media realizes that whenever one of these scandals breaks out, people are going to immediately see that large numbers of homosexual priests are causing the problem. So they have to shift the blame elsewhere. So everytime one of these hits, they shift the blame from the local, liberal bishops who really caused and abetted the problem, to the Vatican. They are very successful at getting people to take their eye off the ball.
That liberal wing, which is not particularly liked or appreciated by the rank and file in the church, will cease to exist if the Pope continues to quietly get rid of the bad wood. So, they are trying to slime the Pope in the hope they can extort him into stopping the changes. They are telling him “See you mess with us, and this is what you get”
The problem, it seems, is that this Pope is not backing down.