"What of the role of Pope Benedict? When he was in charge of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith he led important changes made in church law: the inclusion in canon law of internet offences against children, the extension of child abuse offences to include the sexual abuse of all under 18, the case by case waiving of the statue of limitation and the establishment of a fast-track dismissal from the clerical state for offenders. He is not an idle observer. His actions speak as well as his words." ---Abp. V. Nichols, quoted by D. Thompson
Charlie Sykes is of the opinion that Rembert Weakland, disgraced homosexual former Archbishop of Milwaukee, is perfectly happy to put the current Pope into a bad light. No surprise: Rembie despises Ratzinger.
We agree with Charlie that Rembert's correspondence with Ratzinger about Fr. Murphy, a homosexual-pedophile, was ........ohhhh.........about 20 years too late.
COULD Ratzinger have done more?
Possibly, but it's hard to see how. He ordered Weakie to initiate a Canon Law proceeding against Murphy and it started 3 months after Weakie's letter.
Bp. Morlino, writing in Madison, does not name names but presents a
"In order to be responsible for something, one has to have the authority to do something about it. And the very people who want to make the Holy Father responsible for everything heinous in the sexual misconduct scandal are the least likely to accept the Pope’s authority in any matter. They are the most disobedient people, in general. Yet they want to lay all the responsibility at the Pope’s feet. That simply makes no sense and we should not be fooled."
Nicely done, Your Excellency.