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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ttmcn

Starting on BBC in one hour.

You might be able to watch it on the above website, otherwise I am sure it will be on YouTube before the week is out.

I don't expect a balanced view myself but let's see.
Reasonably balanced I thought.

Worst accusations seemed to be the extreme lengths of time to prosecute the perps under Canon law and the accusation (by a secular lawyer) that before his pontificate not a SINGLE case was ever reported to the cops in any country suggesting that they viewed it as an entirely internal matter.  I guess separation of Church and State is one of their new-Church doctrines after all, so why involved the state to prosecute their own churchmen.
(09-13-2010, 04:03 PM)ggreg Wrote: [ -> ]Reasonably balanced I thought.

Worst accusations seemed to be the extreme lengths of time to prosecute the perps under Canon law and the accusation (by a secular lawyer) that before his pontificate not a SINGLE case was ever reported to the cops in any country suggesting that they viewed it as an entirely internal matter.  I guess separation of Church and State is one of their new-Church doctrines after all, so why involved the state to prosecute their own churchmen.

I should know but I can't remember who's done what, after all these years of media histrionics about "pedophile" priests and the "evil" Church -- has Pope Benedict directed that all allegations must be reported to the police? Or is it still left up to bishops, or groups of bishops, like the American USCCB?

I thought that back when he was "the Panzer Cardinal," he had to convince John Paul II that priests really were abusing children but since he's been Pope, he's been accused of aiding and abetting the cover-up of crimes against minors.  That came as a surprise to me since JPII was said to be naive about homosexuality, was reluctant to believe Cardinal Ratzinger when Ratzinger told him that a German bishop he was proposing to make a cardinal was a homosexual.  JPII listened to Cardinal Ratzinger and dodged a bullet when a seminary in the bishop's diocese blew up in scandal involving seminarians having sex with one another and filming their activities, plus having large collections of pornography in the seminary.  Remember that?

People inside and outside the Church complained that the new pope was going to be too conservative, too strict, and suddenly the media only said good things about the "late, great" JPII while referring endlessly to Ratzinger "having been a Nazi."  It's difficult to keep up with the changing stories. 

He promoted Levada a homo-sympathizer into his old job and Neurider another homo-sympathizer into Levada's old job.  So for a person who sees the homosexual problem in the Church he sure is acting in a strange way.

He had 3000 cases past over his desk.  How many prosecutions have taken place with the Church handing the files over to the police forces of those countries?

(09-13-2010, 07:20 PM)ggreg Wrote: [ -> ]He promoted Levada a homo-sympathizer into his old job and Neurider another homo-sympathizer into Levada's old job.  So for a person who sees the homosexual problem in the Church he sure is acting in a strange way.

He had 3000 cases past over his desk.  How many prosecutions have taken place with the Church handing the files over to the police forces of those countries?

All the Pope cares about is keeping the Almighty Dollar flowing in. And pretending there is nothing to worry about. It'll take a pope with balls to stand up to the lavender mafia, and sadly we dont have one.
CNN is going to run a special called "What the Pope knew" on the 28th on this side of the pond I wonder if its the same. Should prove interesting watching especially after Archbishop Ratzinger let that pedophile kick it in a Bavarian retreat before reassigning him to a different parish after the abuse allegations came out.