"Anti-Catholicism," said writer
anti-Semitism of the intellectual." It is
deepest-held bias in the history of the American
people," said Arthur Schlesinger Sr.
If there was any doubt that hatred
of and hostility toward the Catholic Church persists, it
was removed by the mob that has arisen howling
Pope Benedict XVI.
To American Catholics, the story of
pedophile priests engaged in criminal abuse of
children, of pervert priests seducing boys, is
unfortunately all too familiar. That some bishops
covered up for pedophiles and seducers and enabled
corrupt clergy to continue to prey on boys was equally
But to American Catholics, this is
an old story. The priests have been defrocked, some sent
to prison, like
John Geoghan, who was
strangled in his cell. Bishops have been removed.
tolerance" has been policy for a decade.
Pope Benedict came to America to
apologize for what these men did. And no one has been
more aggressive in
rooting out what he calls the
the church. And as the recent scandals have hit Ireland
and Germany, why the attack on the pope here in America?
The New York Times
is conducting a vendetta against this traditionalist
pope in news stories, editorials and columns.
to Defrock U.S. Priest Who Abused Boys,"
blared the headline over a Laurie Goodstein story that
"Top Vatican officials — including the future Pope Benedict XVI — did
not defrock a priest who molested as many as 200 deaf
"In 1996, Cardinal Ratzinger failed to respond to two letters about the
case from Rembert G. Weakland, Milwaukee`s archbishop at
That diabolical priest, Lawrence C.
Murphy, was assigned to St. John`s School for the Deaf
in 1950, before Joseph Ratzinger was even ordained.
Reports of his abuse of the deaf
children surfaced in the 1950s. But, under three
archbishops, nothing was done. Police and prosecutors
were alerted by parents of the boys. Nothing was done.
Weakland, who became archbishop in
1977, did not write to Rome until 1996.
And as John Allen of
National Catholic Reporter
noted last week, Cardinal Ratzinger
"did not have any
direct responsibility for managing the overall Vatican
response to the crisis until 2001. … Prior to 2001,
Ratzinger had nothing personally to do with the vast
majority of sex abuse cases, even the small percentage
which wound up in Rome."
By the time Cardinal Ratzinger was
commissioned by John Paul II to clean out the stable,
Murphy had been dead for three years.
Yet here is
Maureen Dowd`s summation of the case:
"Now we learn the sickening news that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger,
nicknamed `God`s Rottweiler,` when he was the church`s
enforcer on matters of faith and sin, ignored repeated
warnings and looked away in the case of the Rev.
Lawrence C. Murphy, a Wisconsin priest who molested as
many as 200 deaf boys."
In Goodstein`s piece, Weakland is a
prelate who acted too slowly. The controversy over his
clouded departure from the Milwaukee archdiocese is
mentioned and passed over at the bottom of the story. It
For Weakland was a homosexual who
a 1980 letter he was in
with a male paramour who shook down the archbishop for
$450,000 in church funds as hush money to keep his
lover`s mouth shut about their squalid affair.
According to Rod Dreher, Weakland
moved Father William Effinger, who would die in prison,
from parish to parish, knowing Effinger was a serial
When one of Effinger`s victims sued
the archdiocese but lost because of a statute of
limitations, Weakland counter-sued and extracted $4,000
from the victim of his predator priest.
describes Weakland`s tenure thus:
"He directed Catholic schools … to teach kids how to use condoms as
part of AIDS education and approved a graphic
sex-education program for parochial-school kids that
taught `there is no right and wrong` on the issues of
abortion, contraception and premarital sex. He has
advocated for gay rights and women`s ordination,
bitterly attacked Pope John Paul II, denounced
pro-lifers as `fundamentalist` and declared that one
could be both pro-choice and a Catholic in good
Speaking of sex-abuse victims in
1988, Weakland was quoted:
adolescent victims are so innocent. Some can be sexually
very active and aggressive and often streetwise."
Just the kind of priest the
Times loves, and just the kind of source on whom the
when savaging the pope and bashing the church.
As the Catholic League`s Bill
Donahue relates, 80 percent of the victims of priestly
abuse have been males and
"most of the
And as the
blurted to the Gay and Lesbian Journalists
Association 10 years ago, often,
of the people deciding what`s on the front page are
Is there perhaps a conflict of
interest at The
New York Times, when covering a traditionalist
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