Obama is behind the current attacks against the Pope[?]
2:22 PM 3/25/2010 — No doubt you’ve heard the story about how the Pope refused to “defrock” (a term not found in the Canon Law of the Catholic Church) a priest who abused 200 deaf children. It’s been on television news because it was in the New York Times (remember that network news decides what to cover based on what’s in the Times); and, of course, whenever the Times in involved, the truth is hard to find.
The story is actually an old one. The priest in question, Father Lawrence Murphy, abused his victims between 1950 and 1974, while assigned to a school for the deaf. Naturally, none of the stories, including the initial one in the Times, bothers to mention that it took Archbishop Rembert Weakland—himself a notorious homosexual linked to abuse in his own priesthood (a fact ignored in the Times’ article)—until 1996 to ask the Holy See to act against the priest. The Times even suggests that Cardinal Ratzinger “failed to reply” to two letters by Weakland about the priest, an ascertion for which no proof is offered.
By the time the matter was brought to the attention of the Holy See, the priest in question was already no longer functioning as a priest, but was dying in a hospital. Given the fact that the priest’s abusing days were clearly over and he would be dead soon, Cardinal Ratzinger decided there was no point to doing anything. The priest died shortly thereafter. From this, the New York Times concludes that “The sex abuse scandal enveloping the Catholic Church moved closer to Pope Benedict XVI today….” Naturally, they don’t bother to tell us how something they, themselves, covered back in the ‘90s when it first happened has caused something to move “closer to Pope Benedict XVI today”; but your PP can: this ancient story was unearthed and rerun as new and current because the Catholic Church needs to be punished for opposing Obamacare.
Let’s play devil’s advocate and say that the Holy See should have “defrocked” the priest (again I remind you there’s no such word in Canon Law), and redundantly removed the priest from active ministry—the most the Church could do to him—in spite of the fact that he was already not in active ministry. A couple of weeks after this he would have died (as he did). Then what? Would the scars of abuse from which this priest’s victims now suffer been healed or mitigated in any way? No. They’re still abused. They still suffer. Nothing is accomplished.
Ever since his inauguration, President Obama has been working to drive a wedge between Pope Benedict and the Catholic faithful in the United States. The fact that Sister Carol Keehan, President of the Catholic Health Association, which defied the Church in its opposition to Obamacare—and which descents against almost all of the moral teachings of the Catholic Church—was invited to the signing of the health care act and received a pen from Obama, proves it. When viewed in the context of other anti-Catholic activities by the president, such as nominating numerous people to serve as ambassador to the Holy See knowing full well that they would be rejected because they were all lapsed Catholics who were pro-abortion, and personally deciding that Catholic Schools would, for the first time, not be invited to this year’s White House Easter Egg Hunt, the pattern becomes clear.
Let’s repeat: the story about Father Murphy’s abuse of deaf children and the Pope’s response to it is a reprint from an old Times story from the ‘90s, minimally edited to make it seem new for the purpose of punishing the Church for opposing Obamacare, probably at the request of the president himself.
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Note: This posting is the opinion of the Priestly Pugilist©. At AlwaysCatholicBlog we try to feature blogs whose authors might have many different opinions that reflect free speech at it’s best. Whether we agree or not with this post(? mark added on title & red highlighted text by me for emphasis), one has to say that the Priestly Pugilist© pointing out these current accusations against Pope Benedict XVI are a result of an old story rerun for purposes we here at ACBlog can only wonder. I’m just sayin’…Sophia