Pope Benedict XVI called last Thursday’s raid by the Belgium police of the home and former office of the recently retired archbishop, Goldfried Danneels, “surprising and deplorable.” Surprising, yes. Delightfully so because it is about time. Deplorable? Anything but. Jean-Marc Meilleur, a spokesman for the Brussels prosecutor’s office, said the raid followed recent statements "that are related to the sexual abuse of children within the church."
Deplorable would have been not conducting the raid which confiscates hundreds of files along with the retired archbishop’s computer. Deplorable is the ongoing cover-up of pedophilia by the Catholic church. Deplorable is the abuse of children. Deplorable is a man who has got the gall to, on the one hand, call himself the vicar of Christ on earth, while on the other, he does all he can to cover up child abuse. Let’s not forget that in his days as Cardinal Ratzinger, the Pope did not punish or even have a trial within the church for a Wisconsin priest who may have molested as many as 200 boys. Vicar of Christ on earth? Are you kidding me? The New York Times reports that “In 1996, Cardinal Ratzinger failed to respond to two letters about the case from Rembert G. Weakland, Milwaukee’s archbishop at the time.” That’s deplorable.
Enough said – for now.