Pope Benedict XVI has become embroiled in new revelations over child sexual abuse, over a letter he is said to have signed in 1985 before becoming pontiff.
Associated Press said it had obtained the letter, signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, resisting the defrocking of offending US priest Stephen Kiesle.
Cardinal Ratzinger said the “good of the universal Church” needed to be considered in defrocking, AP reported.
The good of the innocent seems to be much, much lower in the church’s priorities.
Now what will happen, though?
I predict…absolutely nothing. The church will hunker down and change nothing, the flock will make excuses for the abuses as they’ve always done, and the story will repeat year after year. We just have to hope that the scandals will erode church membership further, and that secular authorities will be quicker to protect the kids.
But I’ll just keep on dreaming of the Pope making a visit to some secular country, getting arrested, and being forced to do a perp walk in front of broadcast cameras. It’s not going to happen, but it would be so sweet.