I want to protect you and your loved ones from becoming victims of crimes by the catholic church and all abusers of human beings. I want to give survivors of sexual and physical abuse a voice to be heard all over the world. All abuse of children and adults by religious groups and by any organization or individual must be stopped. We can add our voices to a growing, worldwide community of people who want truth and justice. Please share your experiences with me and others on this blog.
The first time we hear from Joseph Ratzinger (alias
retired pope benedict) he denies covering up priest abuse. There is
overwhelming evidence from reputable sources that massive cover up is exactly
what he did -- so his statement is worse than a lie.
To make himself sound even less believable, Ratzinger/Benedict
also said that the abuse by clergy was not worse than in other organizations
that have access to children (boy scouts, school coaches, etc).Is he saying that because others molest and
rape children that it is acceptable that priests and nuns do the same? By
saying, “we’re not the only ones” he is admitting his guilt.
Jeff Anderson, a Minnesota attorney who defends victims
told the Religion News Service he considered Benedict's responses
"alarming and disturbing." The Survivors Network of those Abused by
Priests (SNAP) issued a statement saying: "The opposite of 'covering up'
is 'uncovering' or 'disclosing,' We cannot name one predatory bishop, priest,
nun, brother or seminarian who was publicly exposed because of Benedict."
Benedict also denied a claim that abuse is widespread in
the catholic church.Where is the proof
that this is another lie?Read the news
articles, the legal testimonies, the horror stories by the victims (www.amazon.com/author/g.barilla.book.smothered).Just a few examples:
Ratzinger was pope he was a cardinal and head of the vatican’s congregation for
the doctrine of the faith whose supposed job was to “defend those points of Christian tradition which
seem in danger because of new and unacceptable doctrines.”He spent his long career ensuring that the
rape and abuse of children by clergy was never reported to the authorities.It was his job to discipline pedophile
priests. His “punishments” included giving them jobs away from children
(promotions in some cases) or moving them to another parish. Those that were
promoted had more opportunity to continue their abuse and hide other priests
doing the same atrocities.
Hullerman in 1980, was a known pedophile priest accused
of kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old boy. Ratzinger sent him for psychiatric
therapy and back to work within a few days. Ratzinger
then personally oversaw the transfer of Hullerman from one diocese to another
in Germany where he was later convicted for molesting boys in another
Ratzinger knew about the sexual abuse of 200 boys from 1950 to 1974 at
st. john's School for the Deaf outside Milwaukee. He called off internal
punishment of the accused priest, Lawrence Murphy. These
crimes are described in a documentary film, "Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in
the House of God." Barbie Latza
Nadeau of the Daily Beast reviewed the film (9/9/12) that “the Holy See doesn’t
want you to see.” She said:
“…it should be compulsory viewing for all Catholics,
whether they blame or defend the church, for its clarity and insight into just
who holds responsibility for decades of child abuse at the hands of clergy.”
said Nadeau. Of course the Vatican had
In Oakland, CA youth ministry priest Stephen Kiesle’s colleagues found
him to be molesting children; they wanted him defrocked but the future pope
benedict XVI would not act on the casefor six years, while Kiesle still worked with children. The vatican even
confirmed that ratzinger's signature was on letters about the case.
Times wrote (April 9, 2010) that the letter may be the strongest challenge yet
to the vatican's insistence that benedict played no role in blocking the
removal of pedophile priests during his years as head of the church's watchdog
office. Do we know how many more children were molested during those six
years?In his letters, ratzinger asks
for “very careful review and more time. Time to molest? Ratzinger said
he was concerned about the "good of the universal church" and about
the young age of Kiesle, that punishment would ruin his reputation. How young
were the victims and did he care about their lives?
Finally, after leaving the priesthood, Kiesle was arrested
and charged in 2002 with 13 counts of child molestation from the 1970s. All but
two counts were thrown out after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional
a California law extending the statute of limitations. He pleaded no contest in
2004 to a felony for molesting a young girl in his home in 1995 and was
sentenced to six years in state prison.
Was he ever sorry? More than a half-dozen victims reached a settlement
in 2005 with the Oakland diocese saying Kiesle had molested them as children.
"He admitted molesting many children and bragged that he was the Pied
Piper and said he tried to molest every child that sat on his lap," said
Lewis VanBlois, an attorney for six Kiesle victims who interviewed the former
priest in prison. "When asked how many children he had molested over the
years, he said 'tons.'”
There are many more instances of
ratzinger/pope benedict refusing to take steps to protect children. According
to Dave Altimari writing in The Hartford Courant (8/4/12), just days before
joseph ratzinger was elected pope in 2005, the Norwich, CT diocese bishop
requested that a priest, Thomas Shea, who sexually abused at least 15 girls in
11 different parishes be defrocked – Ratzinger did nothing about it. As a
priest in good standing, Shea received a pension of about $15,000 a year and
all of his health insurance costs, including his nursing home bills were paid
for by the church. Altimari included a
quote: "No Catholic official on the planet has more power or knowledge
about clergy sex crimes than Pope Benedict. Yet he still takes virtually no steps
to help and sometimes, like this case, takes steps that hurt.''
You can decide whether Benedict/Ratzinger's
words today reflect the documented history of what he previously said.