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Benedict Resigns: Good Riddance

February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he is going to resign from his post at the end of the month.

“Now they will elect a new Chancellor, a strong Chancellor, one that will not let our tragedy continue.” ~ Darth Benedictus

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 Resignation: Papal Tenure Dogged with Sex Abuse Scandals

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.

Read the rest HERE

Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle Vatican!

More recently,in 2011, Emperor Benedict was accused of crimes against humanity.

The victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests accused the pope, the Vatican secretary of state and two other high-ranking Holy See officials of crimes against humanity, in a formal complaint to the international criminal court (ICC).
I doubt the Catholic Church is looking for my advice, but I would suggest they do their homework and background checks very carefully, and ensure whomever the next Pope is, he has no hint of this awful scandal that can in any way whatsoever be attached to his name. The cynic in me wonders if there is anyone at the highest levels that this can be said of…
11 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2013 1:29 pm

    Interesting that he resigned shortly after opening a Twitter account. Coincidence? If it turns out he tweeted dong pics I will never stop laughing!

    • February 12, 2013 11:15 pm

      Isn’t the real reason you are glad he is resigning is that he upheld Biblical morals and refused to give in to modern culture that says anything is OK? I don’t know about the sex scandals but thet didn’t start under Pope Benedict and it is not publicised that the Protestants have just as much Clergy sexual abuse as in the Catholic Church but the media ignores it.

      • paul permalink
        February 13, 2013 10:38 am

        Thats your defense. Seriously?
        The other guys do it to and no one says anything abot them!

      • February 13, 2013 1:06 pm

        Sorry, the REAL reason I’m glad is because I’ve been sitting on that twitter joke ever since he joined it and now I FINALLY got to use it! Otherwise I care about the pope about as much as I care about the Dalai Lama and Oprah.

  2. February 11, 2013 11:58 pm

    That all of those boys were abused is terrible. That the American Bishops in their first meetings after everything became public knowledge, denied any wrongdoing and denied committing any sin when a Biship had moved a clergy person to prevent discovery of the perpetrator. I was shocked. I saw some progress made in an increased awareness of this issue and policies to prevent this happening at the Catholic Church I attended at the time.

    Did Pope Benedict have a negative role in this? I don’t know and I hope not but if he did then he should resign. On the other hand what were his policies while he was Pope about Spiritual matters, the Priest shortage, etc? Why were none of those issues brought up in this article? Was it because the Pope may have done a good job in those areas? I don’t know but then this article didn’t try to educate anyone about this, did it?

    Sex sells but I would hope that Religious articles would be above that, Apparently not. I hope that the New Pope is 100% successful at fulfilling the will of God. If he is we know one thing; that many people will fight him, disagree with him, and/or be offended and criticize him. I certainly am not comparing Pope Benedict with Jesus, but that’s what they did to Jesus isn’t it? Criticize Him, mock Him, and finally Crucify Him?

    • February 12, 2013 9:00 am

      It’s more than just the cover up:

      “He started out as a Hitler youth actually wearing a Nazi uniform. As a Cardinal, he famously conspired to conceal sex crimes against children for the sake of the church. As pope, he addressed an audience in an AIDS ravaged area of Africa, and told them that use of condoms actually increased risk of STDs. His objection to birth-control took precedence over human life.”

      Let us also not forget:

      “The Vatican launched a global campaign against gay marriage in an attempt to reverse the spread of legislation in Europe and the Americas that permits it.

      In a strongly-worded 12-page document signed by the Pope’s chief theological adviser, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Church brands homosexual unions as immoral, unnatural and harmful.”

      I will not celebrate that person regardless of how many books he wrote…

      • February 12, 2013 9:34 am

        sounds like someone has quite a bit of anti-catholic sentiment…. haha

        • February 12, 2013 10:20 am

          Not anti-Catholic sentiment per se, however, if you peruse the many articles on this blog you will see that I do have quite a bit of abuse of power sentiment, especially when it is religious leaders–evangelical and catholic–who use their position of power to sexually abuse those who trust them.

          • February 13, 2013 8:29 am

            Read around a bit and I definitely see your point… I’m just a little hesitant to chalk up catholicism in its entirely as corrupt and void of any good.

            • February 13, 2013 8:30 am


            • February 13, 2013 10:22 pm

              Hesitant to chalk up as corrupt and void of any good? Spoken like a true Protestant. Let me see, just looking at clergy sexual abuse of children, I have read in credible publications that there is just as much of this in the Protestant Church as in the Catholic Church; it is just not reported by the media. I confirmed this with a friend of mine who is a Protestant Pastor and with a woman in her 60’s who was the daughter of a Protestant Minister. So please get off of our backs about clergy sexual abuse of children being a solely Catholic phenomenon, OK.

              Again, I don’t personally know of The Pope’s involvement with sexual scandals. If he is guilty of what his critics charge then he should quit, as he is doing. However, some of the criticisms laid on him say he is old fashioned and archaic. Those people would say worse of Jesus! Jesus would also be agains same gender marriage and women being Priests as those things are forbidden in the New Testament.

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