The Pope and the paedophiles; the Archbishop and the homosexuals
And Cranmer agrees. Do not look to man. Look to God. Seek him night and day with all your heart and mind and soul and strength, and you shall find him.
His Holiness continued: “They see poverty and injustice and they long to find solutions. They are challenged by the arguments of those who deny the existence of God and they wonder how to respond. They see great damage done to the natural environment through human greed and they struggle to find ways to live in greater harmony with nature and with one another."
But then he turned to one of the themes of his trip to the US – the priestly ritual sexual abuse of children – and said everything possible would be done to prevent a recurrence of Australia's sexual abuse crisis and to promote healing among the victims.
The issue of the rape of young boys by Roman Catholic priests has been a major scandal in several countries around the world after bishops and cardinals were found to have moved abusers from parish to parish instead of defrocking them or reporting them to authorities. These priests are not only homosexual; they are paedophiles. They are not concerned with celibacy or holiness, but with depravity and porneia.
If the Pope were prepared to do everything possible, he would give Cardinal Bernard Law to the secular authorities. If sexual abuse is ‘incompatible’ with the behaviour required of the clergy, the former head of the Archdiocese of Boston must be brought to judgement. He has not only been aware of egregious sexual misconduct among his priests, but was apparently engaged in elaborate efforts to cover up incident after incident of child rape. Yet he remains sheltered by the Vatican; given sanctuary by His Holiness despite knowing of the rape of young boys and simply turning a blind eye to the possibility that his priests, if moved, may go on raping other young boys.
If His Holiness were really prepared to do ‘everything possible’ to heal this appalling wound, he would not only remove Cardinal Law from his Vatican sinecure, he would also remove his cardinal’s hat.
He does neither, and one wonders why.
But His Holiness also had a word or two to say on the Anglican ‘difficulties’.
"My essential contribution can only be prayer," he said. "The desire is that schisms and new fractures can be avoided," adding that Rome would not "intervene immediately" in their decisions.
Well, Cranmer can hardly wait for the intervention in the non-immediate future. Good grief. Has it not yet sunk in after five centuries that ‘the Bishop of Rome hath no jurisdiction in this Realm of England’. At least GAFCON (or Foca) is pledged to uphold the 39 Articles.
Yet Cranmer finds it interesting that it is the Church of England that is attacked for its hypocrisy and bigotry over homosexual priests and its misogyny over women bishops.
It is lambasted by gay bishops on the left and by camp actors on the right. And it is persecuted by homosexualists like Peter Tatchell who are hell-bent (sorry) on forcing their sexuality down everyone’s throats.
At least the Church of England is having the debate, out in the open, in the full glare of media scrutinty, under the unflattering spotlight which exaggerates every blemish and imperfection. Contrast this with Rome’s complete lack of debate, the denial, the darkness, and the sinister sanctuary afforded to those who knew of depraved paedophilia yet did nothing to prevent it.
How many homosexual priests preside over the most sacred Sacrifice of the Mass? How many homosexual priests go on raping altar boys? How man homosexual priests are known by their superiors? How many of these bishops and cardinals do all they can to protect their priests but ignore the suffering of the innocents?
Why do the Peter Tatchells and Sir Ian McKellens of this world not turn their gaze to Rome and illumine her hypocrisies, instead of kicking the Church of England which is, at the very least, trying to address these very difficult issues in a very unforgiving world?