Wednesday, March 17, 2010

About That Pedophile in Munich

Some have smeared Benedict XVI over a priest who was a pedophile.

The allegation is that Benedict (at that time, the Cardinal-Archbishop of Munich) had allowed the priest to work in a parish after "treatment" for homosexual assault of some youth.


The accused was not a priest of the Munich archdiocese, but a priest from the Diocese of Essen, who had been sent to a facility in Munich for counseling. So the then-Cardinal Ratzinger was not responsible for his treatment; his only connection with the case was his decision to let the priest stay in a rectory in the Munich archdiocese while he was undergoing treatment there. There is no evidence that the Pope was aware the accused priest was an accused pedophile; he was evidently informed only that the priest had been guilty of sexual improprieties, and probably concluded that he was engaged in homosexual activities with young men.

Oh, well. They'll come up with a new slander in a few months. So far, the "Nazi" and "pedophile-enabler" ones failed.


Billiam said...

What do you expect from those who hate the church. They'll rail on and on about priests, while saying NOTHING about pedophile teachers.

Anonymous said...

That's over the top. There is similar outrage when educators take advantage of their students.

Billiam said...

Sorry, Annony. No where near the outrage against the Catholic Church. Both are travesties and should have the lite shined upon them, yet, one gets much more coverage than the other. Also, there are at least twice as many violations by teachers than priests, yet the priests get more play. It's an easier outrage.

Dad29 said...

Actually, Billiam, I'm in accord with those who are "more outraged" over priest-pedophiles (or ephebophiles, as the case may be.)


Easy. Priests are FAR more significant figures than teachers.

Anonymous said...

The beat goes on, DaddyZero:

Brazilian priest allegedly taped having sex with teen

March 18, 2010 5:00 p.m. EDT

(CNN) -- A police investigation continued Thursday into a Catholic abuse scandal in Brazil, which erupted last week when a network aired a video that it said showed a priest having sex with a 19-year-old altar boy.

The report, aired by the SBT television network, identified the priest as 82-year-old Luiz Marques Barbosa.

Police in Alagoas state in northeastern Brazil said Thursday that they were investigating the allegations before the TV report surfaced.

In the video, a man said to be Monsignor Marques Barbosa realizes he's being videotaped and is heard on camera asking, "Who is it? Who's at the window? Who is it? Who's there?"

SBT said the videotape was secretly made by an unidentified 21-year-old man who alleges that he was abused by the same priest, who serves in Arapiraca in northeastern Brazil.

Marques Barbosa's bishop, Valerio Breda, has ordered the priest's removal, according to Brazilian media reports.

Brazil is home to the world's largest Catholic population, with about three-fourths of the nation's 140 million citizens calling themselves Catholic.

The investigation comes amid recent allegations of child abuse against priests in Ireland, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

In Chile, a man who used to teach at a Roman Catholic religious order's schools in Spain has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing children, police said Tuesday.

Jose Angel Arregui Erana was arrested in August in Chile, where he was teaching. He was held on suspicion of filming the abuse of boys and possessing images of sexually abused boys, a Chilean cybercrime unit police commander, Jaime Jara, told CNN partner network CNN+.

Jara said Tuesday that the suspected crime of possessing the illegal images occurred in Chile but that the alleged sexual abuse of the students and the filming or videotaping apparently occurred earlier in Spain.

Arregui, who is in his early 50s, was a physical education teacher in Spain and is accused of placing hidden cameras in gyms and bathrooms to film sexual abuse of the students, Jara told CNN+.

The suspect in the Spanish case does not appear to have been a priest but a layman teaching in schools run by a Catholic order.

Anonymous said...

"Easy. Priests are FAR more significant figures than teachers."

Even Catholic teachers???