Benedict Resigns: Good Riddance
Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he is going to resign from his post at the end of the month.
My thoughts? Meh; whatever; good riddance to bad rubbish. I’m not going to be too concerned about someone who allegedly abused his power and was part of a machine that protected sexual predators, and for a time, conspired to obstruct justice by keeping investigations into child sexual abusers secret, thereby, letting them continue with their reprehensible behaviour and hurting even more defenseless children.
I have nothing good to say about that person. The only good thing is that he will not be in a position of power to continue making such evil decisions or continue to say idiotic things like recently when he said “abuse within the church was a “mystery”, saying he could not understand why church officials committed sex crimes against vulnerable children.”
Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will resign from his post at the end of February following an eight-year reign dogged by sex scandals.
The 85-year-old pope, born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, has led the Catholic Church through some of the worst child sex abuse scandals in its history.
In 2005, Pope Benedict was personally accused of being involved in a cover-up of child sex abuse. He was said to have “obstructed justice” after it was found he issued an order to carry out investigations into child sex abuse in secret.
He made the order in a confidential letter sent to every Catholic bishop in May 2001.
At this time, the pope led the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, which is responsible for moral leadership, including responding to child abuse allegations.
In the letter, the pope said the bishops had the right to hold inquiries in secret and keep the evidence confidential for up to 10 years.
The letter was referred to in documents relating to a case where two children were sexually abused by a priest in Texas. Lawyers said the pope conspired to obstruct justice by keeping investigations secret.
In another case, Pope Benedict was accused of failing to act on allegations of sex abuse by ignoring letters sent to him by an archbishop in 1996.
In the letters, the archbishop called for disciplinary proceedings against the priest Lawrence Murphy, who was believed to have molested 2,000 deaf boys in Wisconsin between 1950 and 1974.
Victims said Murphy assaulted them during confession, in his office, in his car, at his mother’s house and in their dormitory beds. He died in 1988.
The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano said there was no cover-up and that the incident was a smear attempt against the Pope.
A Vatican spokesman said there the case had only reached them years after Murphy had died and did not have a procedure for punishment.
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More recently,in 2011, Emperor Benedict was accused of crimes against humanity.