Our Boosters are matching gifts up to $45,000. We have $32,467 to go. Your gift today will count twice!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

In defense of Benedict XVI: 2 useful perspectives

Catholic World News - March 29, 2010

Writing for National Review Online, Father Raymond de Souza provides a devastating rebuttal of the New York Times reports alleging that Pope Benedict has been lax in his handling of sex-abuse cases.

While giving a detailed answer to the charges, Father de Souza also raises questions as to why those flimsy complaints are now being aired. "The appearance here is one of a coordinated campaign, rather than disinterested reporting," he says. He points out that reporters are routinely relying on sources such as Jeffrey Anderson, a lawyer for abuse victims who is certainly not a neutral party, and on Archbishop Rembert Weakland, "the most discredited and disgraced bishop in the United States, widely known for mishandling sexual-abuse cases during his tenure."

In First Things, George Weigel notes that sexual abuse is a problem throughout American society. While the past record of the Catholic Church has certainly been subject to criticism, he notes that in 2009 there were only six new complaints throughout the Church in the US. Moreover, Weigel adds, Pope Benedict has been a leader in devising a tough new approach by the Church. He argues:

The Times’ descent into tabloid sourcing and innuendo was even more offensive because of recent hard news developments that underscore Pope Benedict’s determination to root out what he once described as the "filth" in the Church.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($117,141 to go):
$150,000.00 $32,858.98
78% 22%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: koinonia - Mar. 31, 2010 10:13 AM ET USA

    The Holy Father, like the Our Lord Jesus Christ, will always be targeted by enemies who oppose the work of redemption. Pope Benedict is targeted as well for his work to restore the Church's allegedly outmoded practices and traditional teachings. However, it is difficult for many to understand how prelates- several promoted by Pope JP II- could have covered up such heinous crimes for so long. The spiritual price, the financial costs and the political fallout continue to mount

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Contentious Spirits, Beware! 10 hours ago
And here's another very old story: the secular media don't understand Catholic affairs October 29
How not to be persuasive October 29
Francis the Man, Francis the Pope October 28
Clarifying what it might mean for a pope to wish to change Catholic doctrine October 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6