Friday, May 28, 2004

The Vatican continues to protect molesters

The Pope is merely doing what any father would do for a child.

—a senior Vatican prelate who wished to remain anonymous

This was the reply when the Vatican was asked why Cardinal Bernard Law, the former Archbishop of Boston (who was forced out of that post when it was revealed that he continued to employ priests who were known to be child molesters) was assigned to the presigious position of Archpriest of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.

Removing the bishop from the reach of U.S. prosecutors and rewarding him with a prized job is what a father would do for a child who condoned the abuse of that father's other children, is it? Aren't all Roman Catholic children the children of the Pope in the same way that all priests are? Don't they deserve protection and justice? Or are priests specially-favored children?

As someone who was molested as a child (although not by priest) and who was raised a Roman Catholic, I find the Vatican's contempt for the people its priests abused to be abhorrent. Maybe we need a present-day Martin Luther to shake these Vatican princes out of their complacency.

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