Then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (changing your name when you become Pope, how sketchy is that?), future Pope Benedict XVI faces allegations of covering up the sexual abuse committed by priests under his watch. He was "allegedly" (mainstream media, you've taught me well) copied on a memo that notified him that Reverend Peter Hullermann (whom the future Pope had ok-ed sending to therapy in 1980 to "combat" paedophilia) would return to his churchly duties a mere number of days after beginning Church-approved psychiatric treatment. A reinstated Hullermann then proceeded to molest boys in another parish, free from the climate of suspicion that shrouded his former post.
But hold the Pope accountable for this? The Archdiocese of Munich issued a statement a few weeks ago that refocused responsibility for the decision on Ratzinger's deputy, Reverend Gerhard Gruber. If becoming the world's most powerful religious leader rests on the reality of shifting blame to any and all possible scapegoats (the Catholic church NEVER does THIS!), then Ratzinger, you were destined for greatness in 1980!
If this was Celebrity Apprentice, as project manager, Pope Benedict would be fired! Donald Trump is a promoter of delegating, but come on man; you've got to be responsible for what's going on under your watch!
Though the Pope has vowed to carefully consider this abuse crisis and to make some notable change (spurred on by recent meetings with sexual abuse survivors in Malta), the question of past "solutions" (like ya know, suggesting that priests in educational institutions be transferred to all-girls' schools) rearing their ugly heads again weighs heavily on the minds and efforts of anti-sexual assault advocates and concerned feminists. Why is it conveniently appropriate for the church to dismiss homosexuality in the context of paedophilia but still tote that gay marriage is the greatest oxymoron of our time? Bitch, please.
In a recent homily, Benedict condemned historical dictatorships (read: Nazis and socialists) adding that currently there are numerous "subtle forms of dictatorship" like "conformism." Or, um, like the superstructure of an organized religion?!
Until those who perpetrate abuse based on their positions of (patriarchal) power and authority are held accountable, we cannot move forward in all attempts for equal rights and treatment for those marginalized as a result (whether it be on the axis of gender, race, sexuality, ability, age, or some combination of all and others). Protecting your cronies (a French bishop was praised by his Cardinal for not reporting an abusive priest to authorities!) at the expense of those whose spiritual and religious well-being you are entrusted to nourish and guide, makes you no better than the predecessors of your post, Benedict (Arnold)! It's 2010, Catholic church, and though you are attempting to stay current and relevant, maybe it's high time you worked towards ending the legacy of injustice that you've worked so hard to protect, too!