The Catholic cardinals gathered in Rome will soon select the next pontiff, but they should not look to Pope Benedict XVI as an example of leadership and morality. (more…)
History will remember Pope Benedict XVI for being the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to abdicate the papacy and for protecting pedophile priests from prosecution. Little else that he has done during his eight-year tenure has made a mark. (more…)
The late Monsignor Peter Garcia was a criminal.
Recently released documents have revealed that church officials believed that the Roman Catholic priest had sexually abused about 20 boys and teenagers between 1966 and 1984. The documents also show that his superior, Roger Mahony, the former archbishop of Los Angeles, knew about the abuse, but never reported Garcia’s crimes to the police. Ever. (more…)
Monsignor William Lynn is going to prison, which is exactly where he belongs.
The former head of personnel for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was sentenced earlier this month to spend at least three years behind bars _ convicted of covering up allegations that local priests had sexually abused children. Lynn is a criminal: As Judge M. Teresa Sarmina put it after passing down his sentence, Lynn “enabled monsters in clerical garb … to destroy the souls of children.” (more…)
The pope and his men in the Vatican never fail to surprise me. I often marvel at their obsession with what goes on in other peoples’ bedrooms — and at the extraordinary amount of effort they devote to controlling the sex lives of the Catholic faithful. (more…)
The planned beatification of the late Pope John Paul II is a clear sign that the Catholic Church wishes to ignore the gravity of sex-abuse scandals while it paves the way to sainthood for the man who headed the Vatican during one of the worst periods in its long history.