Vatican fights to distance Pope from child sex scandals

From Raw Story

The Vatican fought attempts to link Pope Benedict XVI to child sex abuse in a counteroffensive on Saturday against widening paedophilia scandals.

“It is clearly evident that in the past few days there are some who have sought — with a dogged focus on Regensburg and Munich — elements to personally implicate the Holy Father in questions of abuse,” spokesman Federico Lombardi said.

“It is clear that these efforts have failed,” he said on Radio Vatican.

On Friday, the pope’s former diocese of Munich confirmed a report that, as an archbishop in 1980, the pontiff approved housing for a priest who had been accused of forcing an 11-year-old boy to perform oral sex.

Six years later, the priest was given a suspended prison sentence for child sex offenses. The archdiocese said he still works in Bavaria, with no known repeat violations.

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2 Responses to “Vatican fights to distance Pope from child sex scandals”

  1. Andrea B. Says:

    It is long overdue people getting into there heads that the Vatican exists to procure wealth from the poor and children to abuse. That is its main functions, beside the Vatican bank laundering money.

  2. tinagrrl Says:

    Dear sweet Popey, with Prada Pumps, a handsome Swiss ski instructor (all those Vatican hills, you know), and who knows how many dresses.

    The entire church is riddled with corruption. Too much power, too much property, too many mindless followers, too much authority.

    Priests and hierarchy who actually think they can extend the rule of Rome. Does anyone else see a violent backlash coming? Especially when the crazy alliance with the evangelicals breaks down?

    The Holy Roman Catholic Church has outlived any possible usefulness it ever had (has it ever had any?).


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