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News services rehash failed charges against Pope

Catholic World News - April 08, 2010

Wire services continue to rehash charges that Pope Benedict XVI bears responsibility for sexual abuse by clerics, although the evidence supporting those charges has been thoroughly rebutted.

An AP story says that in the future, Church leaders will look carefully into the background of any potential Pope to see if he has been tainted by the abuse scandal-- thus suggesting that Pope Benedict bears such a taint. The story provides no support for that suggestion.

Voice of America, the broadcast service supported by US taxpayers, says that Pope Benedict's plan for a restoration Christian culture in Europe is now endangered because of "some media reports, strongly denied by the Vatican, that Pope Benedict may have been responsible for some of the failings of abusive priests." The Voice of America story cites the "media reports" without examining their authenticity.

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  • Posted by: Gaudete802 - Apr. 08, 2010 5:29 PM ET USA

    Even after all the responses putting the accusation in proper chronological order and showing that Benedict was not involved at the critial points, why do these reporters simply parrot each other without correcting their facts. I would hazard that they do have an animus for the Church especially the Holy Father and they will not acknowledge the correct facts as long as they can get away with the big lie. Remember Goebbels "a big lie repeated often enough becomes the truth".

  • Posted by: visions - Apr. 08, 2010 4:32 PM ET USA

    I feel like I'm in the boat during the Storm on the sea of Galilee, I'm sea-sick, the wind is blowing and the Lord is asleep in the stern, I'm prayerfully waiting for my Lord to silence it all.

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