Pope Benedict XVI is a man who has spent his life in service to the Catholic Church and to God, but somewhere along the road to salvation he has somehow wandered off the road of respecting the rights of Catholics. In an Easter sermon given in St. Peter’s square he asked God’s help to lead one “towards the courage of not allowing oneself to be intimidated by the petty gossip of dominant opinion.” He also asked God to help “the young and those who work to educate and protect them” against harm. One hopes the Pope will read these remarks and reflect on his responsibility as head of the Catholic Church to protect those who are in Catholic schools against being harmed by priests and nuns.
The remarks reflect a lack of understanding as to the gravity of the situation confronting the church he heads. To term as “petty gossip” documented cases of child abuse by priests is simply shocking. To ask “God” for help when it is YOUR responsibility is shocking. God did not sanction the abuse of children, SOME priests and nuns did.